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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Literature Minor

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This program is designed for students who are interested in the study of English literature but who have elected to major in another area. The recommended series of courses allows students to become acquainted with some of the methods of literary study and with a number of the most important literary works. The literature minor allows students to complement their area of major study with systematic experience in literature.

These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Minor

  • Please see your CLAS advisor.

General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 15 ENGL credit hours.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of  9 upper-division (3000-level and above) ENGL credit hours
  3. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all courses applied to minor requirements.
  4. Students must complete all minor courses taken at CU Denver and all transfer courses applying to minor requirements with a minimum grade of C- (1.7).
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours with CU Denver faculty.

Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations

  1. Students must take ENGL 1020 before beginning the minor.
  2. Courses in a minor cannot be counted toward the English major or English Writing major.
  3. A minimum of 9 upper division level ENGL credits must be taken with CU Denver English faculty.
  4. Course requirements may not be met by independent study.

Note: Students are advised to fulfill the liberal arts and sciences core curriculum writing requirements before enrolling in upper-division literature courses.


    Take the following required courses:

  • ENGL any level, Literature/Film course (includes 1601 and 2600)
  • Take three courses:

  • Any ENGL 3000/4000 Literature/ Film course
  • *Courses are repeatable if taken as a different genre/author/topic.


    Students are encouraged to cluster their courses around a special interest, such as:

    • Major Authors
      • Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, Cather, Nobel Authors, etc. 
    • Genre
      • Any Drama, Speculative Fiction, Short Story, Young Adult Fiction, American or British Novel, American or History of English Poetry, Literature to Film, Memoir 
    • Self and Social Identity
      • Harlem Renaissance, Feminist Thought, Women Writers, African American Literature 
    • The Modern World through Literature
      • 20th Century Literature, Contemporary World Literature, Modernism, Major Authors-any 20th century, Modern Drama
    • History through Literature
      • Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, Victorian, American Literature 
    • Modes of Narrative 
      • Storytelling
      • Poetics

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