College of Arts and Letters2018-2019

Department of English

English, Minor

This flexible minor, with many approved electives, allows students to follow their love of English into the realms of literature, rhetoric, linguistics, or creative writing. The departmental portfolio of coursework is ripe with possibilities for individual interests, including technical writing, poetry, film as literature, folklore, or women writers.


What Can I Do with a Minor in English?

The study of English is more than just literature. Critical reading skills are crucial in any job, and writing skills are in demand from employers in many fields. A minor in English is a valuable addition to any major that requires excellent writing. An English background will also prepare you for graduate study; rhetorical skills are a must in the law profession, and communication skills are vital in fields like counseling and advertising.

You'll enjoy the English department for many reasons--outstanding faculty, a wide range of courses, and more. Our friendly, mountain-town setting gives you the support you need to succeed. You can focus on creative writing, English education, general English studies, linguistics, literature, technical writing, or rhetoric.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 21
Major GPA C


Minor Requirements
  • At least 12 units of upper division coursework for this minor must be taken at NAU.

    Before graduating, you must complete two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. You may be able to use English courses to fulfill Northern Arizona University's diversity requirements and requirements for this minor. Please use the course search in the academic catalog for a list of approved diversity courses.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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