English Department Minors

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 add a minor

Students can apply for admission to any university minor program in MyPack Portal. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review.

How to add a 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 Rhetoric and Professional Writing (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:

Dr. Paul Isom, Tompkins Hall 101, Box 8105,  pcisom@ncsu.edu

Linguistics (16LIM)

Not available to Rhetoric and Professional Writing (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 Mielke, Tompkins Hall 211, Box 8105,  jimielke@ncsu.edu

World Cultural Literacy (16WCLM)

Not available to Literature (LLT) 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 Cultural Literacy Minor Coordinator:

Dr. Meredith Fosque, 418 Withers, 919-513-7034, mgfosque@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. Marsha Gordon, 257 Tompkins, 919-515-4164, marsha_gordon@ncsu.edu

American Literature (16ALM)

Not available to Literature (LLT) 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.

American Literature Minor Coordinator:

Dr. Jeffrey Reaser, Tompkins Hall 243, Box 8105, jlreaser@ncsu.edu

Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication (16TSM)

Not available to Rhetoric and Professional Writing (LWR) Majors

The minor in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication is suitable for students wishing to build strong writing and communication skills for the workplace. Students minoring in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication will be introduced to numerous genres, including internal and external documents such as proposals, reports, science writing, users guides, reference manuals, and online documentation. 

Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication Minor Coordinator:

Dr. Douglas Walls, Tompkins Hall 122, Box 8105, 919-515-4135 dmwalls@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:

Eduardo Corral, Tompkins Hall 286, Box 8105, eccorral@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:

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