Why complete an academic minor?

Academic minors are structured groups of courses in an academic area outside the student's major field of study, generally totaling fifteen credit hours.

Academic minors grant students recognition for completing a systematic program of study outside their majors and prepare them for enriched personal and professional lives. The minor appears on students' final transcript.

How to declare a minor

To formally declare one of the eight minors offered by the English department, download and complete the Declare a Minor form.  To initiate the minor declaration process the student should schedule an appointment with the appropriate Minor Coordinator (for their required signature) before submitting the form to Registration and Records.

Note: Each Minor Coordinator determines whether courses transferred from other institutions meet requirements for the minor. 

Completing a minor

The academic minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Students can monitor their progress toward completing the academic minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. Successful completion of course requirements on the Minor Degree Audit is indicated by a green checkmark.

Questions regarding unmet course requirements on your Minor Degree Audit (indicated by a red ‘X’) should be directed to the appropriate Minor Coordinator.


English Department Minors

Click on the academic minor name for more details.


Journalism (16JOM)

Not available to LWR majors

The minor provides coursework in writing and editing news and features for print and non-print media as well as an introduction to the profession of journalism.

Journalism Minor Coordinator:

Paul Isom, 102 Tompkins Hall, pcisom@ncsu.edu


Linguistics (16LIM)

Not available to LWR majors

The minor is designed to investigate the structure and function of language as a cognitive and behavioral science. Among students likely to be attracted to this minor are those who expect to pursue graduate study in linguistics, those interested in foreign languages or English as a second language, and those interested in communication sciences.

Linguistics Minor Coordinator:

Dr. Jeffrey Reaser, 285 Tompkins, 515-4176, jlreaser@ncsu.edu


World Literature (16WLM)

Not available to LLT and LIT majors

This minor broadens students’ their perspectives on foreign cultures through the study of literature outside the Anglo-American tradition. Students will also develop critical, analytical, and linguistic skills essential to compete in today’s job market. The minor offers choices from a range of courses in literature, in translation or in the original language, from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

World Literature Minor Coordinator:

Dr. Larsya Mykyta, 1911 Bldg (Rm. 219), 919-515-9314, lamfll@ncsu.edu


Film Studies (16FSM)

Not available to FLM majors

The Film Studies minor provides a comprehensive introduction to the art and industry of the cinema through courses in film analysis, history, theory, criticism, screenwriting, and production.

Film Studies Minor Coordinator:

Dr. Antony Harrison, 221A Tompkins, 919-515-4101, tony_harrison@ncsu.edu


American Literature (16ALM)

Not available to LLT and LIT majors

This minor focuses on the English-language literature of the United States and of the British colonies out of which the United States emerged.

Amrican Literature Minor Coordinator:

Dr. Allen Stein, 121 Tompkins, 515-4134, stein@ncsu.edu


Technical and Scientific Communication (16TSM)

Not available to LWR Majors

The minor in Technical and Scientific Communication introduces students to numerous genres including internal and external documents such as proposals, reports, science writing, users guides, reference manuals, and online documentation. Critical perspectives on the role of communication in the creation of scientific and technical knowledge will be examined.

Technical and Scientific Communication Minor Coordinator:

Dr. Huiling Ding, 131-C Tompkins, 515-4120, hding@ncsu.edu


Creative Writing (16CWM)

Not available to CRW majors

This minor provides a background in writing poetry, fiction, screenplays, and/or non-fiction.

Creative Writing Minor Coordinator:

Belle Boggs, 278 Tompkins, bmboggs@ncsu.edu


English (16ENGLM)

Not available to English majors

The English minor program will allow students to pursue general interests in writing, literature, and language.

English Minor Coordinator:

Dr. Barbara Bennett, 268 Tompkins, 515-4167, barbara_bennett@ncsu.edu

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