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Our Minors are all about possibilities. Whether you like to write stories or poems, engage in a good book, or interact digitally with the electronic media, you will find something that interests you. The English Department provides a wide range of offerings including courses in creative writing, global literature and film, language science. The Department also provides an opportunity to engage texts where technology and humanities meet in the analysis and creation of digital media. You will find a range that spans the full spectrum of English Studies and more.

Creative Writing

This series of courses offers students a practical, theoretical and historical understanding of the art and craft of writing nonfiction and fiction prose and poetry, as well as experimenting in digital storytelling and interactive media. The minor encourages students to use those skills and insights for interdisciplinary projects and the enrichment of their careers and personal lives. Read More…

Digital Literature and Comparative Media

The courses in this minor challenge students to think about how “the digital” in new comparative media affects the way we read, study, and understand literature: What happens to literature and “the literary” in an age of digital technology and new forms of media? The courses in this minor examine a varied collection of print genres and electronic literature in order to understand the current state of this new literary field and its relation to traditional concepts of literary study. The minor provides an entry point into investigating particular aspects of the general category of “the digital” and its comparative relation to the “the literary.”  Read More…


The English minor gives students the opportunity to explore English Studies in the areas of literature, linguistics, and creative writing. The minor will introduce students to texts written in English, acquaint them with a variety of historical periods and geographical regions, create an awareness of methods and theories of analysis, and provide an introduction to critical or creative writing.. Read More…

Language Science Minor

The Language Science minor prepares students in the interdisciplinary scientific study and analysis of human language. The minor is directly applicable to students interested in computing and media, human-computer interaction, brain and cognition, language acquisition, human health, interpreting, relevant branches of engineering, and policy studies. Students can complete the minor requirements irrespective of their skills in languages other than English. Some courses in the minor include core linguistic principles, technology of language, psychology of language, and language in culture and society. Electives allow students to customize the minor to their interests and needs, with the support of a faculty advisor. The minor is an excellent complement to a major such as computer science, game design, information technology, psychology, sign language interpreting, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, bioengineering, science, or a foreign language. Read More…

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