Read great works of fiction, poetry, and prose and learn to interpret them like a literary scholar

If you are concentrating in other areas of English studies, especially Creative Writing or Film, you 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. Even if you are from outside of Liberal Arts, such as those who are Psychology majors or students in the Schools of Education and Public and Environmental Affairs, you will find the literature minor to be a useful addition to your course of study. 

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.

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

For more information, contact:

Megan Musgrave
Director of the Literature Program
Associate Professor of English
(317) 274-5671
Cavanaugh 501Q