The Undergraduate Minor

"Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone."

- Mark Twain on Jane Austen



Requirements for an English Minor

A minimum of 21 semester hours in English, exclusive of freshman English composition (EH 101 and EH 102). The minor requires at least four courses at the 300 level or above.

Requirements for Minor in English: Professional Writing

The minor in English: Professional Writing provides students with the conceptual foundations and hands-on practice necessary for communicating and writing proficiently in technical and professional contexts. The minor is intended to prepare students for producing the forms of writing they will encounter in the workplace (feasibility studies, technical reports, business letters, and grants, for example), and to provide a broad understanding of the rhetorical dimensions of written communication, especially nonacademic texts.


  • The minor requires 21 hours, which is typical of minors at USA. Students must take 9 hours in a core consisting of the following: a writing course in either technical or professional writing (EH 372 or EH 373); a more theoretical course examining ancient and modern approaches to rhetoric as they apply to written communication (EH 402); and a specific topic in writing or rhetoric (EH 481).
  • Students will also select one of six courses in English that deal with non-fiction writing.
  • To complete the 21 hours, students must take three additional English courses.


I. Core courses (9 credits):

  • EH 372: Technical Writing (W) or EH 373: Writing in the Professions (W)
  • EH 402: Rhetoric: Ancient & Modern (W)
  • EH 481: Studies in Composition/Rhetoric (W)

II. One of the following (3 credits):

  • EH 371: Approaches to English Grammar (W)
  • EH 372: Technical Writing (W)*
  • EH 373: Writing in the Professions (W)*
  • EH 401: Theory & Practice in Composition (W)
  • EH 403: Art of the Essay
  • EH 496: Professional Studies Internship

III. Three additional English courses (9 credits):

  • Including but not limited to courses in the second section above.

*If not taken already taken to satisfy the core requirement.