The Minors in English

The English Minors are available to non-majors in all Cornell Colleges, offering three ways for students to broaden their development in writing and literary understanding.

The English Department offers three minors open to non-majors in all Cornell colleges: “Creative Writing,” “English,” and “Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies.” Fulfillment of the requirements for these minors will yield a certification on students’ transcripts. Students may count courses taken at any point in their Cornell careers.

Each minor requires students to pass five 3- or 4- credit courses with a grade of C or higher. No first-year writing seminars will count, and at most 4 credits from transfer, study abroad, independent study, or courses (where relevant) from another Cornell department will count.

How to apply: Students may file an Intent to Minor form at any time at the English office. By the seventh week of the semester before graduation, students must present the Advisor to Minors –or another English faculty member– with the Minors Declaration form for approval and then submit the form at the front desk in the English Department, 250 Goldwin Smith Hall.

Creative Writing Minor

Students must take five courses of at least 3 credits, including the following:
  • ENGL 2800 or 2810 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Either ENGL 3820 or 3830: Intermediate Narrative Writing or ENGL 3840 or 3850: IntermediateVerse Writing
  • Either ENGL 4801 or 4811: Advanced Narrative Writing or ENGL 4800 or 4810: Advanced Verse Writing
  • One English course in literature or cultural studies, 2000- level or higher.
  • A fifth course that may be a creative writing course or another literature course at the 2000- or higher level

Students may concentrate on fiction or poetry alone or study both.

English Minor

Students will choose five courses of at least 3 credits each. They may choose from courses in literature, creative writing, critical writing, and creative nonfiction. These must be at the 2000-, 3000-, or 4000- level. Those wishing to take four creative writing courses should minor in Creative Writing.

Minority, Indigenous and Third World Studies (MITWS) Minor

Students wishing to minor in Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies (MITWS) must complete five courses from a list of departmentally designated offerings in such areas as African American, Asian American, Latino/a, and Anglophone African, Asian, and Caribbean literature. The list of designated courses can be found here: One of these five courses must focus on Indigenous subject matter, defined as American Indian (including all the Americas), Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Maori, and Australian Aboriginal. Because the purpose of this minor is to foster comparative thinking across its categories, students are encouraged to choose courses that engage with several ethnic and/or national literatures. Where possible these courses should be in the English Department.