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Majors and Minors: Minors

Literature minor (21 semester hours)

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Choose any professor in the English department.

Courses you must take

  Courses Credits
Gateway English 295
NB: This course is a prerequisite for all 300-level literature courses in English
3
British Literature 1 from English 212-214, 310-317 3
American Literature

1 from English 220-226, 320-322

3
Global Literature 1 from English 200, 202, 300 3
Theory/Language/Major Author 1 from English 330, 337, 338, 370-375 3
Electives 2 Literature classes (English 200-238, 299, 300-341 or an approved English interim)
NB: At least 1 must be 300-level course
6
Total   21

 

Writing minor (21 semester hours)

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Chad Engbers, Don Hettinga, Gary Schmidt and Elizabeth Vander Lei

Courses you must take

  Courses Credits
Craft of Writing English 260 3
Creative Writing

1 from English 360, 362: Poetry OR 362: Fiction

3
Professional Writing 1 from English 262-266 3
Literature 1 from English 200-238 3
Electives

2 from 261-266*, 360, 362, 380
1 chosen in consultation with advisor
*This includes CAS 248, which is crosslisted with English 265

9
Total   21

 

Additional information

The English Department believes that good writers should be able to do both imaginative writing and practical and persuasive writing—and that, in fact, it is difficult to distinguish among these categories with good writers. It is for this reason that writing minors are required to take both a creative and applied writing course.

Talk with your advisor about how that elective might be a good opportunity to steer the program in a direction that suits your gifts and interests. If you're interested in poetry, you might take an interim poetry-writing course. If you're interested in public relations, you might take a web-design course. Be creative, but have a solid reason for the course you choose, and be sure your advisor approves of your choice.

 

Linguistics minor (21 semester hours)

  Courses Credits
  English 370 3
 

English 371

3
  CAS 140 3
  SPAUD 216 3
Electives Three electives chosen in consultation with advisor
NB: Only one interim may count toward the minor.
9
Total   21

 

Career options

What can you do with your English or writing minor? Find out what other Calvin English majors have done with their degrees, and learn more about internships and applying to grad school.