English, Minor (Liberal Arts)

Program Code: ENGL_UMNR

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 professional in business, science, social service, government or education and want to communicate your ideas and plans more effectively.
  • You want to gain insights into human behavior and aspirations through the study of literature and writing.
  • You want to learn to think logically about a body of evidence in order to formulate a point of view and to find the most precise and appealing ways in which to present it.
  • You want to develop more nuanced understandings of cultural values and perspectives through the analysis of texts.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

For the minor in English, a minimum of 18 credits are required.

Requirements for the Minor

Students may not count courses used to satisfy General Education Writing/Speaking Skills.

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).

Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from ENGL 200 - ENGL 2996
Select 6 credits from ENGL 400 - ENGL 4996
Select 6 additional credits in English6

Academic Advising

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.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Abington

Karen Weekes
Program Chair
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7656
kew16@psu.edu

Altoona

Erin C. Murphy
Professor of English
Hawthorn Building 212
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5625
ecm14@psu.edu

Brandywine

Paul deGategno
Professor of English
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA  19063
610-892-1465
pjd15@psu.edu

Greater Allegheny

Advising Office
Academic Affairs

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

Harrisburg

Maggie Gerrity, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Olmsted Building, W355
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6629
mlg34@psu.edu

Mont Alto

Kevin Boon
Associate Professor of English
211 General Studies Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6096
kab25@psu.edu

New Kensington

Andrea Adolph
Director of Academic Affairs
3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6031
aea13@psu.edu

Scranton

Paul Perrone
Teaching Professor
13 Library Building
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2660
prp3@psu.edu

Wilkes-Barre

Christyne Berzsenyi
Professor, English
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9275
cab39@psu.edu

York

Noel Sloboda
Associate Professor of English
224 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4082
njs16@psu.edu

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
434 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-0258
sfc10@psu.edu

http://english.la.psu.edu/undergraduate/minors

Abington

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7656
kew16@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/english

Altoona

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Hawthorn Building 212
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5625
ecm14@psu.edu

http://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/english/request-information

Brandywine

25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1465
pjd15@psu.edu

http://brandywine.psu.edu/english-minor

Greater Allegheny

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

http://greaterallegheny.psu.edu/minors

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
Olmsted Building, W356
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6189
mpf5451@psu.edu

http://harrisburg.psu.edu/humanities/english/minor-english

Mont Alto

211 General Studies Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6096
kab25@psu.edu

http://montalto.psu.edu/directory/english

New Kensington

3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6031
aea13@psu.edu

Scranton

13 Library Building
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2660
prp3@psu.edu

Wilkes-Barre

44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9275
cab39@psu.edu

York

224 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4082
njs16@psu.edu

http://york.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/minors