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Department of English Minors and Certificates

Minors

The English Minor:

Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours in English courses (excluding 101 and 198), half of which must be 300/400-level. Note: Because WSU undergraduates take either English 101 or 198 as graduation requirements, these courses may not be used for the minor in English. English 302 is required.

The Creative Writing Minor:

Students must complete a minimum of 16 credit hours distributed as follows:

English 251 (Introduction to Creative Writing) or English 252 (Introduction to Creative Writing Pedagogy)

9-12 hours Creative Writing English Courses:

ENGLISH 351 (Creative Writing Prose), ENGLISH 352 (Creative Writing Poetry), ENGLISH 353 (Creative Writing: Nonfiction), ENGLISH 354 (Digital Storytelling), ENGLISH 355 (Multimedia Authoring), ENGLISH 357 (Topics in Magazine Editing and Creative Writing), ENGLISH 358 (Editing and Publishing Workshop), ENGLISH 359 (Topics in Creative Writing), ENGLISH 446 (Form and Theory in Creative Writing), ENGLISH 451 (Advance Creative Writing: Fiction), ENGLISH 452 (Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry), ENGLISH 453: (Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction Prose)

One additional 300- or 400-level ENGLISH course

One ENGLISH 351 (workshop), ENGLISH 498 (Internship), or ENGLISH 499 (Independent study) in Creative Writing

9 hours of upper-division work must be taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.

The Professional Writing Minor:

The student must complete 18 hours, half of which must be 300/400-level, including Engl 301, 402 or 403, and 461. In addition, 9 hours from Engl 255, 256, 300, 354, 355, 401, 402, 403, 405, 478, and 498 are required

The Linguistics Minor:

The student must complete 18 hours, half of which must be 300/400-level, in the following courses: For L 101 or Engl 256, Engl 255 or Phil 201, Engl 443, Engl 444), Engl 454, and one from Engl 456, Engl 457, Engl 458,  Anth 350, Psych 492, or Phil 443.

The Humanities Minor:

The Department of English administers the humanities minor. The humanities minor is particularly appropriate for communication students with international interests, foreign languages majors seeking to broaden their studies beyond their major language, and history and business majors with interests in international arts and literature.

The student must complete a minimum of 18 hours in courses listed under “Humanities,” of which at least half must be 300/400-level.

Certifying a Minor:

Please follow the guidelines listed below: 1. Fill out a Petition for Certifying a Second Major or a Minor card, printed on green paper or available in Avery 202J or the Registrar’s Office. 2. Request the Academic Coordinator to stamp the form. 3. Return the stamped form to the Registrar’s Office. 4. Before your last semester at WSU, check with the academic coordinator to make sure that all requirements will be satisfied prior to graduation.

Certificates

Editing and Publishing Certificate:

In order to formally register for the EPC, students must complete three hours of Engl 255 and two hours of Engl 300. Upon registration, students must complete 15 hours of the following courses with a 3.0 GPA or better: Engl 355; Engl 357; Engl 405; Engl 451, 452, 453, or 477; 498 (2 hours); and 499 (1 hour).

Professional Writing Certificate:

To earn the Professional Writing Certificate, students must complete the following five courses with a 3.0 GPA or better: Anth 350, Engl 301, Engl 355, Engl 402, and Engl 498. Engl 498 must be taken only after the other four courses have been completed. The certificate can be earned online through Global Campus and/or on-campus offerings. The university undergraduate certificate fee will apply.

Science Writing Certificate:

To earn the Science Writing Certificate, students must complete the following five courses with a 3.0 GPA or better: Engl 301, Engl 402, and Engl 495. Students must also complete 6 elective credits with possible options including : Bio 330, EnvSci 285, Geol 210, MBios 320, Psych 401. Psych/WomenSt 324, or SolSci 360. The certificate can be earned through WSU Global Campus and/or on-campus offerings. The university undergraduate certificate fee will apply.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate:

To earn the Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate, students must complete 18 hours including the following courses: Engl 443; Engl 444; Engl 457 or For L 441; Engl 456; For L 440; and Engl 498 (3 hours). Engl 255 (English grammar) is highly recommended.