English (Minor)

English (Minor)

English minor

Think critically, analyze challenging texts, and express new ideas persuasively and creatively

Interested in majoring in English? We offer two career-driven programs designed to prepare you with the critical thinking and communication skills that today's employers look for.

Literary Studies      Professional and Technical Communications

What is an English minor?

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 Manchester?

A minor in English complements any major, as even subjects that seem far apart have an uncanny way of intersecting. In our literature courses, you might read and research a play about thermodynamics, even as our writing classes give you an opportunity to study the many genres of creative and occupational writing. English study expands your portfolio of transferable skills while keeping your imaginative faculties in high gear. Employers from across the professional spectrum are looking for employees that think critically, parse challenging texts and express new ideas persuasively and creatively—skills that you will develop through a minor in English.

Potential career areas

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

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Curriculum & Requirements

With a minor in English, you can complement your major with five classes from our areas of study. We think you'll find that even subjects that seem far apart have an uncanny way of intersecting.

In our literature courses, you might read and research a play about thermodynamics, even as our writing classes give you an opportunity to study the many genres of creative and occupational writing. English study expands your portfolio of transferable skills while keeping your imaginative faculties in high gear.

Employers from across the professional spectrum are looking for employees with skill-sets that include those of an English minor—for instance, the ability to think critically, parse challenging texts, and express new ideas persuasively and creatively. You'll be amazed at what an English minor can do for you both personally and professionally.

For the English minor at UNH Manchester, students must complete 20 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in these courses overall and with no individual grade lower than a C-. Students may include in the English minor courses from the Writing Focus, which includes courses in creative writing and journalism.

ENGL 419 How to Read Anything is recommended as one of the five courses.

Required Courses
Select two English courses at the 500 level (or ENGL 419 and one 500 level course)8
Select three English courses at the 600 or 700 level12
Total Credits20

For more information, contact Susanne Paterson, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, and minor supervisor.

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