Undergraduate Minors

"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


The English department at the University of South Alabama offers three minors:  (1) the English Minor, (2) the Creative Writing Minor, and (3) the Professional Writing Minor.  Details on each can be found below.


Requirements for an English Minor

To minor in English, a student must earn a minimum of 21 semester hours in English, exclusive of freshman composition (EH 101, EH 102, and EH 105). The minor requires at least four courses at the 300 level or above, two of which must be literature courses.

Qualifying upper-division literature courses include:

  • EH 310: Classical Mythology
  • EH 314: Medieval Literature
  • EH 315: Chaucer
  • EH 321: Renaissance Literature
  • EH 322: Shakespeare - Comedies and Romances
  • EH 323: Shakespeare - Tragedies and Histories
  • EH 324: 17th Century Literature
  • EH 331: American Novel to 1900
  • EH 332: American Nonfiction Prose
  • EH 334: American Poetry to 1900
  • EH 340: Restoration / Early 18th Century Literature
  • EH 342: Later 18th Century Literature
  • EH 343: 18th Century British Novel
  • EH 351: British Romanticism
  • EH 352: Victorian Poetry
  • EH 353: Victorian Prose
  • EH 354: 19th Century British Novel
  • EH 357: Black Writers in America
  • EH 360: Anglo-American Poetry since 1900
  • EH 362: American Novel from 1900 to 1945
  • EH 363: American Novel since 1945
  • EH 364: British Novel from 1900 to 1945
  • EH 365: British Novel since 1945
  • EH 366: Contemporary Fiction
  • EH 369: Modern Short Story
  • EH 379: Horror
  • EH 380: Science Fiction
  • EH 390: Special Topics
  • EH 461: Tudor and Stuart Drama
  • EH 462: Restoration / 18th Century Drama
  • EH 463: Drama 1890 to Present
  • EH 465: Middle English Literature
  • EH 467: Milton
  • EH 468: Contemporary Black Fiction
  • EH 470: Medieval Literature
  • EH 471: Renaissance Literature
  • EH 472: Shakespeare
  • EH 474: Restoration Literature
  • EH 475: 19th Century Literature
  • EH 476: Studies in 20th Century Literature
  • EH 477: Studies in Genre
  • EH 476: Film
  • EH 479: Modern / Postmodern Poetry
  • EH 480: Gender and Literature
  • EH 482: American Literature
  • EH 490: Special Topics
  • EH 492: Seminar

The Creative Writing Minor

The minor in creative writing invites students from any major to explore literature and creative writing. While there are many ways to pursue creative writing, this minor provides those who want more sustained work in creative writing, a structure for that work, and a community of support. In addition, the creative writing minor fosters skills that employers have come to expect of students who study literature, such as the ability to comprehend complex material, analyze subtext, and communicate their ideas clearly.  

Requirements for a Creative Writing Minor

To achieve a minor in creative writing, a student will need a minimum of 21 semester hours in English, exclusive of freshman composition (EH 101, EH 102, and EH 105). The other details and requirements are:

(A)  9 credits in the following required CW courses:

  • EH 200 (Intro to Creative Writing)
  • EH 391 (Fiction Writing: Crafting the Short Story)
  • EH 395 (Poetry Writing: Spoken Word and Other Forms)

(B)  3 credits:  One additional creative writing course.

(C)  9 credits:  Three additional EH courses, one of which must be a literature course higher than EH 300.


The Professional Writing Minor

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.

Requirements for a Professional Writing Minor


  • 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.