Department of English

Minor in Writing

The English Department offers a minor in writing for both English majors and non-majors. The minor consists of tracks in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and journalism. The goal of the writing minor is to direct student attention to writing offerings while recommending a productive sequence of writing courses and collateral craft-oriented textual studies courses.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the writing minor: 19.

Students enter the writing minor by meeting with the Department's coordinator of advising. Candidates must be eligible for pre-registration and/or admission to upper-level workshops and should have completed six hours of 200- or 300-level writing classes. Approximately 45 students will be writing minors during any given year. Students who are writing minors or English majors will have priority for registration in writing classes.

Each writing minor program must meet the following specific requirements beyond College Writing and ENG 140 or waivers:

  • ENG 201 Creative Writing (3 credit hours)
  • One of the following: ENG 245 or one 200-level course from one of the following categories: Genre and Form or Interdisciplinary and Cultural Studies (3 credit hours)
  • One of the following courses (3 credit hours)
    (Note: These courses are required for admission to writing workshops.)
    • Memoir and Autobiography (ENG 202)
    • Fiction Writing (ENG 300)
    • Poetry Writing (ENG 301)
    • Rhetoric, Syntax, and Style (ENG 305)
    • Newswriting (ENG 309)
  • Workshops (6 credit hours)*
    • Fiction Workshop (ENG 302)
    • Poetry Workshop (ENG 303)
    • Advanced Memoir (ENG 304)
    • Writing the Novel (ENG 306)
      * Workshops may be repeated for credit.
  • Elective courses (3 credit hours)
    • Selected from English Department offerings. Courses selected must be 300- or 400-level.
  • Thesis (1 credit hour)
    The minor requires a thesis comparable to an M.F.A. application portfolio. Before enrolling in Thesis for the Writing Minor (ENG 401), students must get permission from a thesis advisor with whom they wish to work. During the course, students will produce ten to fifteen poems or twenty-five to fifty pages of fiction or nonfiction. The thesis may be completed in the second upper-level workshop.
  • Optional Internship (3 credit hours)
    • Internships provide students the opportunity to earn course credit through professional experience in writing or editing for an organization, primarily in journalism or the arts. The English Department currently offers the Internship in Professional Writing (ENG 409).

Further information about the writing minor is available from the English Department.