English, Minor

Students minoring in English at Penn explore language, literature, and culture across the globe and in a wide array of forms. From books and manuscripts to theater, film, TV, and digital media, English Minors go everywhere English goes in order to cultivate their critical and expressive skills.

Minors need to take six courses: one must be an upper-level Literature Seminar, one must focus on literature before 1800, and the remaining four can be any English courses.

With prior approval of the Undergraduate Chair or the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, students may count one literature course from another department. Note that courses in the Critical Writing Program (those coded as WRIT) do not count in the Minor.

Minor Requirements
Literature Before 18001
A course primarily focused on pre-1800 literature, such as ENGL 1020, ENGL 1820, or anything with attributes AE18, AEB7, or AEMR
Upper-Level English Literature Seminar1
Any course numbered ENGL 0500-0599; 0700-0799; 2000-2999; 4500-4998; 5000-5999
English Electives4
Four English electives, one of which can be in Literature other than English
Total Course Units6

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.