Use your electives to bring your love of reading and writing into your college experience.

The English minor will let you explore great literature and hone your writing skills, and will signal to employers that you're an excellent communicator. Employers understand that students who study English are able to read and comprehend complicated material, analyze wording, and communicate their ideas clearly.  

We welcome students from all majors to take our courses as electives and build a minor if you enjoy them.  Ideal courses to start with include: English 201* Reading and Writing about....., ENGL 21**, 22**, 23**, 24**, 25**, and CNW or CW courses 2000-3999.   


The undergraduate minor in English requires a minimum of 15 semester hours (s.h.) in English courses, including 12 s.h. in courses taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Students may count a maximum of 3 s.h. of approved transfer credit toward the minor. Before taking courses for the minor, students must complete the GE CLAS Core requirement, ENGL:1200 The Interpretation of Literature.

The minor must include at least 6 s.h. in literature courses numbered ENGL:2100 through ENGL:4810; the remaining 9 s.h. may be selected from additional courses in literature and from most courses in writing (prefixes CNW and CW), with a maximum of 6 s.h. earned in courses with the prefix CW.

For more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the English minor, visit the UI General Catalog.

Students who would like help declaring the minor or in planning how to meet its requirements may stop by the Department of English advising office or schedule an appointment with an advisor by contacting the English department.