English (Minor)

English (Minor)
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What is English?

The English minor will introduce you to the history and literature of the English language,while you also learn critical thinking skills and how to write clearly and persuasively. You’ll learn the art and science of words, allowing you to expand your imaginative potential and solve real-world problems.Combine a minor in English with any other major to improve your critical thinking, communication, writing and research skills.

Why study English at UNH?

The English minor at UNH offers a great deal of flexibility. You’ll be able to focus your studies on literature;writing, including fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry; and areas within linguistics, such as language formation. Other program highlights include our small discussion-and research-oriented seminars and study abroad opportunities in London, England.

Potential career areas

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Government consulting
  • Law
  • Publishing
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Writing

Curriculum & Requirements

The English minor offers students the opportunity to develop critical thinking, writing and research skills that will enrich both their personal lives and their professional careers. Students draw upon courses in literature, creative writing, journalism and linguistics to craft their own course of study. 

Students interested in minoring in English may contact Carla Cannizzaro, academic/career counselor, Department of English, 230F Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313 with any questions. 

To minor in English at UNH, students complete five courses (20 credits).

Required course
ENGL 419How to Read Anything4
Electives 116
Total Credits20

Elective courses: at least three courses at the 600 level or above.

ENGL 401 First-Year Writing and ​ENGL 415s, "Literature and..." courses and ENGL 444s cannot be applied toward the English minor.
No more than two transfer courses may be applied toward the English minor.
The minimum acceptable grade for each course is C-.


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