This minor provides students with a strong background in writing and critical thinking and will also introduce them to significant literary and cultural documents.


Prerequisite for the minor in English is satisfaction of the Mason Core requirement in literature. The minor must be approved by the English department academic coordinator before graduation.

ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core) may not be applied to the minor.

Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: ENGL

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

ENGH 305 Dimensions of Writing and Literature is not required for the minor but is strongly encouraged.

Core Courses

Select 3-6 credits of 200-level courses from the following:3-6
Reading and Writing about Texts (Mason Core)
Texts and Contexts (Mason Core)
Western Literary Tradition (Mason Core)
Western Literary Traditions (Mason Core)
Total Credits3-6


Select 12-15 credits in 300- or 400-level ENGH or LING courses 112-15
Total Credits12-15

Students have the option of choosing courses to form a focus for the minor. Examples include: American literature, British literature, creative writing, cultural studies, drama, fiction, film and media studies, folklore, literary criticism, poetry, and world literature. Students should consult with the English undergraduate advisor to design a minor program to meet their educational goals and interests.


 ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core) may not be applied to the minor.