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Minors in English

Employers Say Colleges Should Place Varying
Degrees Of Emphasis On Selected Learning Outcomes
Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills 82 7 11
The ability to analyze and solve complex problems 81 6 13
The ability to effectively communicate orally 80 8 12
The ability to effectively communicate in writing 80 8 12
The ability to apply know ledge and skills to real-world settings 78 6 16
The ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information from multiple sources 72 9 19
The ability to innovate and be creative 71 9 20
Teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings 67 11 22
The ability to connect choices and actions to ethical decisions 64 9 27
Knowledge about science and technology 56 9 35
The ability to work with numbers and understand statistics 55 10 35
Proficiency in a language other than English 43 18 39
Knowledge about global issues and developments and their implications for the future 40 15 45
Knowledge about the role of the United States in the world 35 18 47
Knowledge about cultural diversity in America and other countries 33 22 45
Civic knowledge, civic participation, and community engagement 30 18 52
Knowledge about democratic institutions and values 27 20 53

American Association of Colleges & Universities, "It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success" (2013).

The department offers three different minors in English: a minor in Literature, a minor in Creative Writing, and a minor in Professional Writing. If you aren't majoring in English already, pursuing any minor in English is an excellent way for you to 1) demonstrate to employers you have the writing, critical thinking, research, and creativity skills they desire, to 2) spend some time thinking and writing about great stories, poems, and plays, and to 3) indulge your inner muse and your inner word nerd (both of which we know you have or otherwise you wouldn't be reading this page!) 

Literature Creative Writing Professional Writing

___ 6 credits of literature courses ENGL 201+

___ 12 credits of literature courses ENGL 301+

___ 3 credits of ENGL 222 Creative Writing Across the Curriculum

___ 3 credits of literature courses ENGL 201+

___ 3 credits of literature courses ENGL 301+

___9 credits of ENGL 322 Playwriting, 464 Poetry Workshop, or 465 Fiction Workshop (464 and 465 can be taken twice for credit)

___ 3 credits of ENGL 460 Professional Writing Workshop

___ 6 credits selected from ENGL 450 through ENGL 470 (all language and writing courses)

___ 6 credits of ENGL 200+ (1 credit courses can work)

___ 3 credits of ENGL 300+ (1 credit courses can work)


The student seeking a minor must pass all courses completed for the minor with a grade of 'C' or better. Courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor may apply toward a student's general education requirements but cannot be applied toward the major. If a student elects more than one minor, these minors may not have any courses in common. Students must complete at least half of the minor's credits at USCB.