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Minors in English

Students who minor in English strengthen their skills as careful and critical readers, improve their capabilities as clear and persuasive writers, and enhance their capacity to understand some of the most important ideas and concerns of the human race. These abilities are honed as students immerse themselves in and respond to thought-provoking, life-changing literary texts and as they explore the inner workings and worldwide impact of the English language.

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General Tracks

Literature minor is designed for students who desire to become acquainted with powerful literature and who seek to sharpen their skills as thinkers, readers, writers, and communicators. This minor prepares students for a host of professions in which critical thinking and clear communication are essential.

Literature minor requires the completion of 21 credits, the majority of which are electives, allowing students to study what is most interesting and important to them.

Applied Linguistics m inor is designed for students interested in pursuing a systematic study of language and applied use. These students are prepared to teach English internationally as well as to work in such settings as adult literacy, refugee services, nonprofit/NGO services, and publishing.

The minor in Applied Linguistics requires 21 credits, and is an excellent disciplinary complement to majors such as communications, computing and information systems, education, modern languages, and writing.

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Secondary Education Teachable Minor

Secondary Education Teachable Minor in English provides all the benefits of the General Track while preparing students to teach English at the middle or high school level. This minor requires the completion of 24 credits.

  • English Foundations courses - 9 credits
  • ENG 310: Teaching Writing (Secondary)
  • ENG 311: Teaching Literature to Adolescents
  • Electives - 9 credits

Why Study English at Grand Valley?

  • Students are well prepared to pursue careers in business, law, medicine, publishing, library science, teaching, and more.
  • Professors are dedicated teachers and active scholars with deep expertise in their fields.
  • Curriculum is diverse, introducing students to a multitude of cultures and perspectives.
  • Teacher education programs are nationally accredited and recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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For More Information

Department of English
230 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3400

Admissions Office

Career Options

Because English emphasizes critical thinking, interpretation, research, and writing, it is an excellent foundation for professional careers and graduate programs. English alumni work in:

  • Business
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Film and television production
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine and health care
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Publishing
  • Writing