Minor Requirements

The English Department’s mission is to encourage students to think, to read critically and analytically, and to express their thoughts in clear, forceful, and graceful prose.

Students minoring in English learn to analyze what they read; they learn to read critically, to think about both what is said and how it is said, and to employ various methods of criticism, including the latest theoretical approaches. They also learn to articulate, in oral reports, in-class, and written papers what they have discovered. Through much writing practice and excellent instruction, they improve their writing ability, a lifetime skill worth having.

This minor joined with any major on campus will give students useful preparation for any position requiring orderly and clear thinking and expression. For example, many Davis graduates have found the minor a nice complement for majors preparing students for pre-professional training in law, medicine, library work, and teaching.


Five upper division (100 level) English (ENL) courses; at least four of these must be literature courses (numbered 107-186).

Total units = 20