The Literature Minor

Students concentrating in other aspects of English studies, especially Creative Writing or Film majors, will find that a Literature minor makes good sense. The Literature minor can also be a meaningful complement to many Liberal Arts majors besides English, including History,  Philosophy, Religious Studies, World Languages, and Anthropology.  And students from outside of Liberal Arts will find the Literature minor of use, such as those who are Psychology majors or students in the Schools of Education and Public and Environmental Affairs.

Regardless of whether or not you’re an English major, taking five courses in Literature can be accomplished with a little strategic planning. Students may choose from a broad range of courses, at the 200-level or above, offered every term. Three courses (or 9 hours) must be at the 300- or 400-level. For questions about the minor, please contact Jane Schultz, Professor of English and Director of Literature at

A minor in Literature (ENG) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory progress toward completion of the baccalaureate degree in the student’s home school.
  • Completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course.
  • 9 credit hours must be at the 300 level or above.
  • One course may be shared between the English minor and the English major.

Select from the following:
ENG-L 202 Literary Interpretation
ENG-L 203 Introduction to Drama
ENG-L 204 Introduction to Fiction
ENG-L 205 Introduction to Poetry
ENG-L 207 Women and Literature
ENG-L 213 Literary Masterpieces I
ENG-L 214 Literary Masterpieces II
ENG-L 220 Introduction to Shakespeare
ENG-L 245 Introduction to Caribbean Literature
ENG-L 301 Critical and Historical Survey of English Literature I
ENG-L 302 Critical and Historical Survey of English Literature II 
ENG-L 315 Major Plays of Shakespeare
ENG-L 348 Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
ENG-L 351 Critical and Historical Study of American Literature, 1800-1865 
ENG-L 352 Critical and Historical Study of American Literature, 1870-1920
ENG-L 354 Critical and Historical Study of American Literature since 1914
ENG-L 357 Twentieth-Century American Poetry
ENG-L 358 Twentieth-Century American Fiction
ENG-L 364 Native American Literature 
ENG-L 370 Recent Black American Writing 
ENG-L 372 Contemporary American Fiction
ENG-L 373 Interdisciplinary Approaches to English and American Literature (Variable Topics)
ENG-L 376 Literature for Adolescents
ENG-L 378 Studies in Women and Literature 
ENG-L 379 American Ethic and Minority Literature 
ENG-L 381 Recent Writing: Indiana Authors
ENG-L 382 Fiction of the Non-Western World: 20th-Century African Fiction
ENG-L 384 Studies in American Culture (Variable Topics)
ENG-L 385 Science Fiction
ENG-L 390 Children’s Literature
ENG-L 406 Topics in African American Literature
ENG-L 411 Literature and Society (Variable Topics)
ENG-L 431 Topics in Literary Study
ENG-L 433 Conversations with Shakespeare 
ENG-L 440 Senior Seminar in English and American Literature 
ENG-L L431/L680/M592 Literature and Medicine

To officially declare the minor, visit this page.

For a PDF of the Minor in Literature Checksheet, click here.

For more information, contact: 
Professor Jane E. Schultz
Director of Literature
Office: Cavanaugh Hall (CA), Room 501R