At which campus can I study this program?
For the English minor at Penn State Behrend, the student must take (beyond the basic General Education) 18 credits of courses in ENGL or ELISH; 6 of these credits must be at the 400 level. The student is encouraged to take courses from each of the areas within the major (The Canon and Its Critics, Globality and Literature, Cultural Studies), as well courses in creative writing. By doing so, students will develop skills in writing and critical thinking that will prove valuable in their later work experiences.
What is English?
English refers to a broad field of study related to literature, professional writing, creative writing, and rhetoric. Majors develop critical thinking skills and produce influential academic, creative, professional, and digital texts. They learn to analyze genres, texts, and contexts that involve, for instance, race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. They also learn how various texts communicate value, meaning, and social and cultural critique.
You Might Like This Program If...
- You are a “words person.”
- You enjoy reading, writing, and editing.
- You love a good argument, a good book, a good play, or a good film.
- You’d like to add liberal arts balance to a business or technical major.
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Requirements for the Minor
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).
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|Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better|
|Select at least 12 credits from ENGL/ELISH 200-ENGL/ELISH 289 1||12|
|Select at least 6 credits from ENGL/ELISH 400-ENGL/ELISH 493||6|
Students may not count courses used to satisfy General Education Writing/Speaking Skills.
The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.
Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
Sara Luttfring, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Erie, PA 16563
The minor in English can be pursued by students in most Penn State Behrend degree programs. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.
An English minor helps you to develop a diverse set of skills that prepare you to thrive in many career fields. These can include education, research, digital media planning, advertising, social media management, professional and technical writing, journalism, publishing, copywriting, public relations, medicine, and law.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
A minor in the liberal arts, particularly when added to a major program outside of the liberal arts, demonstrates to graduate school admissions committees your commitment to interdisciplinary thinking.
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