The English Minor

(21-22 semester hours)

Seven literature courses in the English department, including the following:

Choose at least 2 of the following courses
Pre-1900 Literature

ENGL 235 (3) - Shakespeare
ENGL 239 (3) - Old English Language and Literature
ENGL 315 (3) - Swords and Shield-Maidens: Gender Politics in Medieval Heroic Epic
ENGL 319 (3) - Chaucer
ENGL 322 (3) - Romance and Renewal: Shakespeare and Elizabethan Drama
ENGL 324 (3) - Revenge and Ravishment: Shakespeare and Jacobean Drama
ENGL 329 (3) - American Romanticism
ENGL 331(3) - The 19th-Century American Novel
ENGL 340 (3) - The Sacred and the Profane in the English Renaissance
ENGL 344 (3) - Women in the Renaissance
ENGL 367 (3) - Visionary Rebels: Romantic Artists
ENGL 386 (3) - Fatal Attractions: Death and Sex in the 19th-Century Novel

Choose at least 1 of the following courses
Post-1900 Literature

ENGL 221 (3) - Loveliness Extreme: Women Poets as Visionary Inheritors
ENGL 256 (3) - New Writing from Ireland and Scotland
ENGL 258 (3) - Native American Literature
ENGL 282 (3) - Modern American Authors
ENGL 330 (3) - African-American Literature
ENGL 332 (3) - Modern and Contemporary Women Writers
ENGL 382 (3) - Contemporary International Fiction
ENGL 393 (3) - Modern Poetry
ENGL 394 (3) - Contemporary Poetry
ENGL 397 (3) - Becoming Modern

At least four of the seven courses required for the minor must be at the 300-level or above. The remaining three courses must ordinarily be at the 200-level or above. The following exceptions apply:

- A student may substitute a 100-level course for a 200-level course if the course is taken in the student’s first or second year.

- A student may elect to take the four-credit senior exercise in English (both ENGL 451 and ENGL 452) in place of one 300-level literature course.

Notes: Working closely with her advisor, each student should seek to construct a plan for the major that includes the following approaches to literary study:

  1. Historical — These courses will highlight the construction of literary traditions in different periods.
  2. Critical and/or theoretical — These courses will foreground the study and use of a variety of models of literary interpretation.
  3. Transnational — These courses will involve a significant focus on the study of literary texts and traditions from other countries in relation to those of England and the United States.
  4. Formal — These courses will foreground the study of different genres and their conventions.
  5. Social — These courses will foreground the study of literature’s relationship to identity categories such as those based on class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Students are encouraged to take courses in creative writing as well as courses in other depart- ments that complement their course of study and their areas of interest in English.

Minors who want to study abroad often spend their junior year at the University of London or the University of St. Andrews, and/or a summer at Oxford University through the Virginia Program at Oxford. A student considering study abroad should consult with her advisor for recommended preparatory courses.

With the exception of ENGL 451, no course used to fulfill minor requirements may be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option.