University of Minnesota Morris


The top 5 things to consider when planning a major in English

  1. English 2501 is a foundational course, offering training in literary analysis. English requires that students take this course before most 3000-level elective courses.
  2. English invites students to try a 2000-level course. Offerings include Introduction to Popular Literature, Introduction to Film Studies, Sports Literature and Writing, Gender in Literature and Culture, The Bible and Literature, Introduction to African American Literature, Introduction to Shakespeare, The Environmental Imagination, Introduction to Creative Writing, and Editing and Proofreading. These courses are designed to be introductory. Majors should note that only 1 2000-level elective course can be counted towards elective requirements for the major.
  3. Beginning in fall 2015, English will include a Creative Writing Minor and a Creative Writing track within the major. See Sample plans below for English and Creative Writing Majors.
  4. The English major offers a wide variety of elective courses each year, giving students opportunities to pursue their particular passions and making English accommodating to double majors. Students should note linkages between many 2000-level courses and other programs, including African-American Studies, American Indian Studies, Education, and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies.
  5. English strongly recommends that students take WLA as soon as possible, preferably in the fall of their first year.