English Minor

English Minor


Description. Students who have found their required English and Literature courses exciting may continue their exploration of texts (including films and other genres in popular culture) and develop their voices in a variety of written forms in the English minor. The minor offers students the opportunity to broaden their experience of literary study, improve their critical thinking skills, and advance their skills in analytical, expository and/or creative writing.

Rationale. The study of literature and the practice of expository and creative writing strengthen important skills while engaging students in significant historical, ethical and aesthetic debates. Students who study literature learn to read critically, form interpretations, and make arguments based on evidence. Students who study writing learn to express themselves clearly, concisely and creatively while also perfecting their editing and revision skills. Students who pursue the minor in English will graduate with an increased command of language and with incisive critical skills that will serve them well in their chosen career or post-graduate work.

Minor coordinator. Professor Helen Kapstein, Department of English (212.237.8591, hkapstein@jjay.cuny.edu)

Additional Information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College in September 2008 or thereafter must complete the minor in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the minor. A copy of the earlier version can be obtained in the 2007–2008 Undergraduate Bulletin, available athttp://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/bulletins/undergraduatebulletin20072008.pdf.

Requirements. To receive a minor in English a student must complete 18 credits with at least 3 credits at or above the 300-level. Students may apply a maximum of two 200-level, general education literature courses (LIT 230, LIT 231, LIT 232, LIT 233, LIT 236, LIT 237) toward the minor. Every student must take LIT 260 Introduction to Literary Study to earn the minor in English. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minors or programs.

PART ONE. REQUIRED COURSES                                                                 Subtotal: 3 credits

LIT 260 Introduction to Literary Study

PART TWO. ELECTIVES                                                                                                           Subtotal: 15 credits

Select five. At least one course must be at or above the 300-level. 

The following list is illustrative and not exhaustive. Students should consult the current course schedule for offering in Literature [LIT] and English [ENG]. These will include literature, film and writing courses. 


LIT 203 New York City in Literature
LIT 212 Literature of the African World
LIT 219 The Word as Weapon
LIT 223/AFR 223 African-American Literature
LIT 230 Expressions of the Living Past: Reading Ancient Worlds (was Classical Literature)
LIT 232 Reading the Modern World (was Modern Literature)
LIT 233 American Stories (was American Literature)
LIT 236 Literary Perspectives on Culture & Globalization
LIT 237 Literature as Witness
LIT 265 Foundations of U.S. Latino/a Literature
LIT 270 Reading and Writing Children's Literature
LIT 275 The Language of Film
LIT 283 New York City in Film
LIT 284 Film and Society
LIT 285 The Rebel in Film
LIT 286 The Horror Film
LIT 287 Selected Topics in Literature
LIT 300 Text and Context
LIT 305 Foundations of Literature and Law
LIT 309 Contemporary Fiction
LIT 311 Literature and Ethics
LIT 313 Shakespeare
LIT 314 Shakespeare and Justice
LIT 315 American Literature and the Law
LIT 316 Gender and Identity in Literary Traditions
LIT 319 Law and Justice in European Medieval Literature
LIT 323 The Crime Film
LIT 324 Road Movies
LIT 325 Science Fiction Film
LIT 326 Crime, Punishment and Justice in the U.S. Literature
LIT 327 Crime, Punishment and Justice in World Literature
LIT 328 Film Criticism
LIT 329 Documentary Film and Media
LIT 331 Steven Spielberg
LIT 342 Perspectives on Literature and Human Rights
LIT 344 Caribbean Literature and Culture
LIT 346 Cultures in Conflict
LIT 352 New Fiction
LIT 353 Comic Books and Graphic Novels: Investigating a Literary Medium
LIT 357 Violence of Language: U.S. Latino/a Street Literature
LIT 360 Mythology in Literature
LIT 362 The Bible as Literature
LIT 366 Writing Nature: Literature and Ecology
LIT 370 Topics in Ancient Literature
LIT 371 Topics in Medieval Literature
LIT 372 Topics in Early Modern Literature
LIT 373 Topics in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-century Literature
LIT 374 Topics in Nineteenth-century Literature
LIT 375 Topics in Twentieth-century Literature
LIT 383 Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Latino/a Literature
LIT 379 Selected Historical Topics in Literature
LIT 380 Advanced Selected Topics in Literature
LIT 389 Independent Study 300-level
LIT 400 Senior Seminar in Literature
LIT 401 Special Topics
LIT 405 Senior Seminar in Literature and Law
LIT 409 Seminar in U.S. Latino/a Literature 
LIT 489 Independent Study 400-level
LLS 362 Entangled Tongues: Bilingualism in U.S. Latino/a Literature
LLS 363 Il-Legal Subjects: U.S. Latino/a Lit & the Law
LLS 364 Ethical Strains in U.S. Latino/a Literature
LIT 287: Was LIT 290.


ENG 212 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 215 Poetry Writing and Reading
ENG 216 Fiction Writing
ENG 221 Screenwriting for Film, Television, and Internet
ENG 228/ANT 228 Introduction to Language
ENG 233 News Reporting and Writing
ENG 230 Journalism in the 21st Century
ENG 235 Writing for Management, Business and Public Administration
ENG 242 Contemporary Media in Everyday Life
ENG 245 Creative Nonfiction
ENG 250 Writing for Legal Studies
ENG 255 Argument Writing
ENG 260 Grammar, Syntax, and Style: Writing for All Disciplines
ENG 313 Advanced Fiction Writing
ENG 316 Advanced Argument Writing and Response: Theory and Practice
ENG 328/ANT 328 Forensic Linguistics: Language as Evidence in the Courts
ENG 334 Intermediate News Reporting and Writing
ENG 336 Digital Journalism
ENG 350 Advanced Legal Writing: Advocacy and Oral Argument
ENG 380 Selected Topics in Creative Writing

Total: 18-19 credits
Last Updated: 9/28/16