The English Minor

Why Minor in English?

The English major and minor expose students to centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.

Because of our distinctive offerings in rhetoric, environmental humanities, comics studies, medical humanities, disability studies, digital humanities, and the study of race and ethnicity, our majors and minors can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also receiving extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.

These skills provide vital preparation for business and professional careers, as well as for further academic work or artistic endeavors. The experience of our graduates has proven that English is an excellent background for fields like law, medicine, teaching, management, publishing, advertising, and information technology.   


English Minor Requirements

The English Minor consists of 24 credits of approved course work (courses to be selected from those ENG, FLR*, HC*, and/or WR prefix courses listed in the annual Advising Supplement, a planning document that lists all courses offered in a particular year and what categories they satisfy).

Advising Supplements are available here and in the English Department office, PLC 118.


  • Only courses with the prefixes ENG, FLR, HC or an upper-division WR may be used for the English Minor. 
  • Excluded from the minor are:  ENG 401, 403, 405 and WR 121, 122, and 123.
  • Only one course from the "Introduction to Literature" series (ENG 104, 105, 106) will count.
  • Of the total 24 credits, a maximum of 8 credits may be taken in lower-division courses.
  • All upper-division course work for the minor must be taken in residency at the University of Oregon.
  • All course work must be passed with the grade of mid-C or better. (Grades of C- or lower, and courses graded will not count for the minor.). 

Please see the English Minor Program Document for a copy of these conditions as well as the English Minor Worksheet, a tool to help you plan your coursework.

If you have further questions, please contact Karen McClain, our English Undergraduate Secretary (PLC 118), Dr. Corbett Upton, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies (PLC 375), or one of our faculty advisors.

The advisor for the English Minor is Professor Gordon Sayre, the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Here is a link to his contact information: