SPU English Department


The English Department offers two concentrations within the major: Literature and Creative Writing.

Students in both the Literature and Creative Writing concentrations must complete a shared core of courses that ground their understanding of literary history and the interpretive tools of our discipline.

Each concentration also has a second core requirement emphasizing craft and methodology. Upper-division coursework in each concentration then moves on to advanced competency in the field, leading ultimately to the English undergraduate degree.

Major degree requirements and suggested course sequences:

Click here to download a handy checksheet for both concentrations.

Admission to the Minor

There are three minor programs available in English: Literature, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing. Here a few steps you'll need to take in order to apply for an English minor:

  • Maintain an average GPA of 2.5 or higher in at least two English courses at the 2000 level or above.
  • Creative Writing minors must have their list of elective courses approved by their faculty advisor before being admitted to the minor.
  • Non-English majors who seek a minor in Creative Writing must also include at least 10 credits of literature in their electives.
  • English majors can count no more than 10 credits of work in a minor toward their major degree credits.

Check out some of the classes you could take as an English minor:

How to Read a Poem

Writing on the window of an English classroom

English Professor Susan Van Zanten gives you a quick guide on how to get the most out of reading poetry.


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