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Undergraduate Program


Minors are offered in:

  • Creative writing
  • English literature
  • Journalism
  • Theater

All four minors require a minimum of six courses, five of which must be taken while at the University of Rochester. No more than two courses in one's major may overlap with the minor.

Under certain circumstances, it is possible for students who are majoring in one of the English tracks to complete an English minor in another area. Students wishing to minor in creative writing should contact the creative writing advisor and see the joint major and minor page. For all other minors, students should contact the director of undergraduate studies.

Minor Requirements

Creative Writing Minor

Six courses are required for the minor:

  • Two creative writing courses at the introductory level:
    • ENG 120: Introduction to Creative Writing
    • ENG 121: Creative Writing: Fiction
    • ENG 122: Creative Writing: Poetry
    • ENG 123: Playwriting
    • ENG 125: Speculative Fiction
  • At least one advanced creative writing course:
    • ENG 275: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
    • ENG 276: Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
    • ENG 277: Screenwriting
    • ENG 375: Seminar in Fiction Writing
    • ENG 376: Seminar in Poetry Writing

Additional courses, if needed, can be chosen from the department's offerings in writing, or from its 200- and 300-level offerings in literature.

English Literature Minor

Six courses are required for the minor:

  • Two Survey Courses from the following: ENG 113: British Literature I, ENG 114: British Literature II, ENG 115: American Literature 
  • Four additional courses in British or American literature, three of which must be at the 200 or 300 level
Journalism Minor

Six courses are required:

  • ENG 131: Reporting and Writing the News
  • ENG 132: Feature Writing
  • At least one of the following:
    • ENG 120: Introduction to Creative Writing
    • ENG 121: Creative Writing: Fiction
    • ENG 122: Creative Writing: Poetry
    • ENG 125: Speculative Fiction
    • ENG 130: Seminar in Writing
    • ENG 138: Journalism Case Studies
    • ENG 281: Advanced Feature Writing
    • ENG 282: Humor Writing
  • At least two of the following:
    • ENG 133: Editing Practicum
    • ENG 391: Independent Study (in Journalism)
    • ENG 392: Research Project in Journalism
    • ENG 394: Internship

Appropriate additional courses, if needed, can be chosen from the 200- and 300-level courses in literature or criticism.

Theater Minor

The minor in theater (developed in conjunction with the University’s International Theatre Program) consists of a minimum of 24 credits taken from the following three categories: No more than two courses included in one's major may be counted toward the minor.

 (*Spring course numbers are in parentheses)


  • At least two, but no more than three, productions, acquiring at least eight credits in Production and Performance Courses (either onstage or backstage):
    • ENG 290 (291): Intro to Theater
    • ENG 292 (293): Plays in Performance: Name of Play
    • ENG 296 (297): Stage Management: Semester + Year
  • Eight credits of theater method and performance courses (Spring course numbers in parentheses):
    • ENG 123: Playwriting
    • ENG 154 (155): Intro to Design for the Stage - 2 credits
    • ENG 164: Improvisation: Semester + Year
    • ENG 165: Acting Comdey: commedia, Mask, and Improvisation
    • ENG 170 (171): Technical Theater
    • ENG 172 (173): Intro to Stage Lighting and Sound
    • ENG 174 (175): Acting Techniques
    • ENG 176: Movement for the Actor
    • ENG 177: The Actor's Voice
    • ENG 178 (179): Design for the Stage, Discipline (i.e. Scenery/Costumes/Lighting/Sound) - 2 credits
    • ENG 180: Directing: Semester + Year
    • ENG 252: Theater in England
    • ENG 270 (271): Advanced Technical Theatre: Semester + Year
    • ENG 272: Advanced Acting: Semester + Year
    • ENG 273: Mastering the Actor's Body
    • ENG 278: Advanced Playwriting: Semester + Year
    • ENG 360: Special Projects: Theater
    • Other classes offered occasionally may also fulfill this requirment
  • Eight credits of dramatic literature courses:
    • ENG 203: Medieval Drama
    • ENG 208: Renaissance Drama, Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
    • ENG 209: Problems in Shakespeare
    • ENG 210: Shakespeare
    • ENG 214: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama
    • ENG 228: African-American Drama
    • ENG 235: Modern Drama
    • ENG 243: Major Author—A Playwright

Students undertaking an Independent Study (ENG 391) whose subject is Theatre or Dramatic Research, or enrolled in a standard Research Course (ENG 380) or Honors Thesis (ENG 398) with a Dramatic Literature/ Theatrical focus might also have those classes count towards a Minor in Theatre.

Study Abroad options in London and Bath (if allied to dramatic or theatrical work) might count towards a Minor. Other courses relating to drama and/or theatre, in the English Department may, from time to time, be valid additions to this list, too. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies for details.

It should be noted that ENG 298 (299): Performance Lab and ENG 392: Practicum (Advanced Stage Management) currently do not count towards the Minor.


Other courses in the English department relating to drama and/or theater may, from time to time, be valid additions to this list. See the director of undergraduate studies or the Artistic Director of the Theatre Program (