Liberal Arts Perspectives on Storytelling - Pathway Minor

Liberal Arts Perspectives on Storytelling - Pathway Minor

The Storytelling Pathway Minor in Liberal Arts is a 15-credit program provides students experience in understanding storytelling from a variety of viewpoints, including your own; you will use the concepts and practices of storytelling as a way to understand culture and society, as well as the differing modes of sharing stories in and across different cultures. The ways that stories are made, told, shaped, and produced will factor into your learning experience.

As part of a well-rounded university education, the Liberal Arts play a vital role in students’ lives. Liberal Arts courses allow you to contextualize your experiences and how you fit in the world around you, and to empathize with the experiences of others, understanding those experiences as just as vital and necessary as your own.

Storytelling is the chief means of conveying what it means to be a human being in the world.

Prerequisites and Required Courses

Required courses (with minimum grades required)

With a minimum grade of C, students will complete 15 credit hours of approved Pathway Minors courses, including:

  • Two foundational courses (6 credits): ENG-W131 or ENG-W140 and COMM-R110 in which students in the Pathway Minor program will be required to complete modules and signature assignments designed to introduce them to Pathway Minor themes
  • Elective courses

Elective courses for the minor (with minimum grades required)

With a minimum grade of C, students will also complete elective courses including 9 additional credit hours of approved courses from the Introductory Thematic Concentration, Intermediate Thematic Concentration and Advanced Engaged Learning Experience categories.

To ensure a robust interdisciplinary experience, students should not take more than two courses from any one department/program as part of the 15-credit pathway minor.

Approved Courses

Introductory Thematic Concentration (3 credits)

  • ENG-L 115 Literature for Today
  • ENG-L 204 Introduction to Fiction: Literature and the Arts  
  • ENG-W 206 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG-W 207 Introduction to Fiction Writing  
  • ENG-W 208 Introduction to Poetry Writing  
  • COMM-M 150 Mass Media and Contemporary Society
  • JOUR-J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication

Intermediate Thematic Concentration (3 credits)

  • ENG-W 301 Writing Fiction (Prerequisite: ENG-W 206 or ENG-W 207, each with a grade of C or higher.)
  • ENG-W 302 Screenwriting Prerequisite: Eng-W 206 or 207 with a grade of C or higher.)
  • COMM-R 330 Communication Criticism (Prerequisite: COMM-G 100 or COMM-R 110 and reading placement of at least 80.)
  • REL-R 312 Prophets, Captives, and Converts: American Religious Lives  
  • JOUR-J 315 Feature Writing (Prerequisite: JOUR-J 200 or permission of instructor.)
  • ANTH-E 404 Field Work in Ethnography/Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology 
  • MHHS-M 410 Addiction Narratives

Advanced Engaged Learning Experience (3 credits)

  • COMM-T 431 Introduction to Playwriting (Experiential Learning) 
  • ANTH-E 457 Ethnic Identity (Diversity Experience)
  • COMM-M 462 Television Aesthetics and Criticism (Prerequisite: COMM-M 150 or permission of instructor.) (Collaborative project)
  • MHHS-M 492/592 Narrative Medicine (Faculty-led Research)
  • MHHS-M 420/520 Culture of Mental Illness (Faculty-led Research)

Other Requirements and Options:

  • Students must take a minimum of 3 credit hours of Thematic Concentration courses at the 300-level or
  • Students may opt to complete two courses from the intermediate Thematic Concentration list in lieu of the introductory Thematic Concentration
  • Students are required to take 3 credits from the approved list of Engaged Learning Experience courses, which will be 300- or 400-level and feature a high impact practice (internship, service learning, research intensive, collaborative project, study abroad, e-portfolio,).
  • Students who opt not to apply foundational courses to fulfill their 15 credits towards their minor must still complete a Pathway Minor module.

Additional Information

Students may petition to have any 300-/400-level Liberal Arts elective with a RISE designation and storytelling focus count toward their engaged experience. For example, a student may complete an internship, individual research project, service learning project, or study abroad with a storytelling focus.

Students may petition, either before or after taking a course, to count a course toward the minor. Students will petition the Director of the Liberal Arts Pathways Minors Program. Examples of fitting courses outside of Liberal Arts include: HER-D 304 Drawing/Illustration – Narrative Imagery; HER-H 222 History of American Comics and Graphic Fiction; NEWM-N 202 Digital Storytelling

To learn more details, go to Liberal Arts Perspectives on Storytelling Pathway Minor in the IUPUI Campus Bulletin.


Schedule your in-person or online appointment using the Student Appointment Scheduler or by calling 317-274-3976. Online appointments are available via Zoom and your advisor will provide you with the Zoom link via email prior to your appointment.