The minor in English, with its emphasis on careful analysis and clear writing, is a valuable complement to majors in any discipline; it prepares students for further study and for employment in fields such as politics, education, environmental studies, marketing, editing, public relations, and law.
The minor in English with a writing emphasis allows students to develop their creative writing. Through study of technique, as well as masters of the craft, students gain valuable insight into the art of writing. They will have the opportunity to practice writing in a variety of genres, with faculty support and mentoring to help them discover their creative talents.
In addition to the in-depth study of literary texts experienced by all English majors, students who pursue a concentration in Comparative Literature will explore the inter-textual methods of meaning-making. This interdisciplinary and global approach relates literary texts to the visual worlds of paintings, photographs, film, and dance. Topics will include the shifting constructions of identity, theories of difference, and the various states of language.
In addition to satisfying the core requirements of the English major, students who pursue a concentration in American Studies will explore the many voices that make up American literatures. Courses taken outside the English department will augment the study of how American history and the arts mutually influence literary creation.
The Spanish minor gives students the opportunity to gain Spanish language skills that are becoming essential in our more interconnected, globalized world. Through extensive study and support, students who chose the Spanish minor will develop the ability to understand spoken and written modern Spanish across a range of contexts, speak Spanish with a high level of accuracy, write articulately in Spanish, and apply various theoretical and critical approaches to a variety of Hispanic literature. The Spanish minor will allow students to communicate more effectively with the Spanish-speaking world, which will offer them increased career opportunities, regardless of the field in which they work.