English Minor

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. Students receive extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. At the UO, English majors and minors take classes covering varied historical periods and literary traditions alongside classes in expository writing, cultural studies, theory, ecocriticism, film, and folklore.

In addition to focusing and extending the values of a traditional liberal arts education, the skills gained in the English Major and Minor programs 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 law, medicine, teaching, management, publishing, advertising and advanced technology fields.

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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 Advising Supplement).

The Advising Supplement is available here on the department website 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.