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English Literature

Degree Type: Minor
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose the English Literature Minor?

A minor in English Literature enhances any degree. Students who minor in English Literature are perceived by employers as having the needed communication and critical thinking abilities that are a premium in today's workplace. The English minor allows students to explore a variety of cultures, perspectives, and human dynamics through the study of literature. The majority of courses are also writing intensive further adding to the graduate's marketability in a workplace where the ability to write clearly and expressively is an asset.

Admission Requirements

This English Literature minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State and pursuing a baccalaureate degree except those pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English or a Bachelor of Science in English Education. The minor is designed to complement any Ferris major program. Students transferring into the English Literature Minor must have a cumulative 2.5 grade point average for admission to the program.  A maximum of 1/3 of the credits, but no more than 7 credits, in a minor may overlap with the student's major. Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.

Graduation Requirements

An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State. This minor requires a minimum of 21 credits with a minimum 2.5 grade average in these courses.

Also, 50 percent of the credits for a minor must be taught by Ferris State University.

More Information

Advisor: Dr. JL Ollenquist
Phone: 231-591-2915
e-mail:

Languages & Literature Department
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 3080
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-3988

Required Courses
Credit Hours
English 1
3
English 2
3
Practical Criticism
3
Note: ENGL 150 and ENGL 250 require a minimum of a B- grade.
Choose one:
Poetry
3
Intro to World Short Fiction
3
World Drama
3
World Novels
3
Choose one:
Early American Literature
3
Modern American Literature
3
Choose one:
Shakespeare
3
Early British Literature
3
Modern British Literature
3
Choose one:
Intro to Women's Literature
3
Black Literature
3
Intro-African Literature
3
Native American Literature
3
Topics in Women's Literature
3
World Folk Literature
3
Electives: Choose 6 credits from any LITR 300 or above
6