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Program Overview

The Minor in English is designed to provide you with a grounding in some of the major periods, movements, and authors of British and American literature, and the opportunity to pursue further study of topics of interest to them through online English degree courses.

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Requirements for the Minor

  • 6 courses; 27 quarter units

Choose at least three of the following courses:

Course Name

PrerequisiteENG 240 and; LIT 100

A survey of important British authors and literary trends from Chaucer through the middle of the 18th century.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

A survey of important British authors and literary trends from the late 18th century through the modern era, with a focus on Romantic, Victorian and Modernist writers and texts. Some attention will also be paid to colonial and post-colonial writing in English.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

A survey of important American authors and literary trends through the late 19th century. Texts will be situated in relation to cultural, philosophical, social and historical contexts, e.g., Puritanism and its legacies, varieties of American Romanticism, debates over slavery and gender roles, formation of national identities.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

A survey of important American authors and literary trends from the late 19th century through the present. Texts will be situated in relation to cultural, philosophical, social and historical contexts. Particular attention will be paid to the modernist canon and to works by women and authors of color that respond to American literary heritage and social conditions.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

An examination of major works of William Shakespeare.

Choose the remaining course(s) from available upper-division LIT courses or the following:

Course Name

PrerequisiteENG 102

Survey of the art of cinema from the silent period to the present; examines film techniques and theories; explores film styles and genres, focusing on elements such as lighting, editing, and cinematography; establishes a basis by which students can make aesthetic judgments.

PrerequisiteENG 201

An intermediate course in writing fiction. Students will build on principles learned in ENG201, focusing on developing compelling and original fiction. Students will also discuss the importance of revision, and engage in thorough critiques of each other’s original work.

PrerequisiteENG 202

An intermediate workshop in poetry. Students will compose their own original poems and continue the study of the craft of poetry, focusing on the modern tradition.

PrerequisiteENG 203

Building on the skills learned in ENG 203, students will refine their critical ability to analyze and evaluate screenplays, and their visual storytelling skills, in order to produce an effective first act of a full-length screenplay.

PrerequisiteENG 102

An introduction to contemporary linguistics. Covers the phonology, morphology and syntax of the English language with an emphasis on language acquisition as related to the developmental stages of childhood. The course is especially designed for students intending to teach elementary school students.

PrerequisiteENG 102; ENG 240, or ENG 334A

An advanced course for students interested in using writing as a means of exploring the natural world. This course surveys nature writing in its various forms (essays, articles, poetry, journals, etc.) as well as effective nature writing strategies. This course is designed to give students a basis for future personal creative work.

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