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The minimum requirement for a minor in English is 18 credit hours. At least nine hours must be taken in courses at the 300 level or above. A General Education required course cannot double count towards the English minor. A minor in English does not meet requirements for Secondary Teaching Licensure. Interested students may submit the declaration of minor form to the English department.                                                             

The following popular minors may usefully inform a student's program of study in English:

Africana Studies

The Africana Studies minor broadens students' world perspectives by enhancing their acquaintance with and understanding of the peoples, cultures and institutions of Africa and the African Diaspora. For more information, contact Dr. Aderonke A. Adesanya, who coordinates the Africana Studies minor.

American Studies

The minor in American Studies is designed to foster an understanding of the whole of American culture through study in a variety of fields and topics. Students will select courses in three groups—Multicultural, Ideas and the Arts, and History and Politics—and from fields including literature, history, the fine arts, philosophy, and the social sciences. The American Studies program is a flexible one that students can adapt according to their own individual interests and needs while exploring the interrelationships among diverse aspects of American culture and its changing ideas and values. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Henigman, who coordinates the American Studies minor. 

Book Arts

The minor in book arts is a cross-disciplinary program designed to broaden students' understanding of the value and role of the art of the book in general culture while enhancing written and visual creativity, artistic production and the ability to think independently. Contact Dawn McCusker for more information. 

Creative Writing

The interdisciplinary minor in creative writing is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their writing talents across a number of literary forms and communication contexts. This checklist specifies requirements in the Creative Writing Minor. For more information, contact Paul Bogard, who coordinates the creative writing minor.

Environmental Humanities

The Environmental Humanities minor invites students from all majors to discover how their creative and critical thinking skills can lead them to environmental engagement now and in their professional futures. Environmental Humanities is an interdisciplinary minor offering opportunities to explore the complex interactions between humans and the natural environment though the study of literature, history, communication, religion, philosophy, and the visual and performing arts. Please contact Associate Professor of English Dr. Katey Castellano for more information.

Film Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in film studies is designed for students who wish to extend their critical understanding of visual communication and narrative form by studying how movies tell stories, convey information and influence audiences. 

For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Reynolds, who coordinates the film studies minor.

Medical Humanities

The cross disciplinary minor in medical humanities provides students with a humanistic and social study of illness, health and the body. Drawing upon concepts found in the disciplines contributing to the minor, courses in the curriculum share the common focus of examining how individuals and institutions articulate and disseminate conceptions of the body, including constituent issues such as race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender. For more information, please contact Dr. Michael J Klein.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor focuses on the period from the fall of Rome (5th century C.E.) to 1700. The minor allows students to take courses in art history, English, history, music, philosophy, political science, religion, and a range of languages (Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Latin as well as medieval languages such as Old English and Middle English) in the original or in translation. Students may focus on either the Medieval or the Renaissance periods or combine coursework in both periods. For more information, contact Dr. Peter Eubanks (French), who coordinates the Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor.

Secondary Education

The undergraduate program in Secondary Education provides students with the courses and experiences that afford the required foundation for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT Program). Completion of the MAT program is required for licensure in secondary education at JMU. The Secondary Education MAT program prepares individuals for initial licensure to teach students in grades 6-12. Undergraduate students who are planning to pursue licensure to teach at the secondary level should complete the 22 credit pre-professional program in education. Students should also complete a major or the equivalent in one of the arts and sciences disciplines closely associated with the desired teaching area. For more information, contact Dr. Katie Dredger, Department Head, Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program is designed to enable students to complete the TESOL  non-licensure minor or the TESOL PK-12 licensure. Both programs prepare students to work effectively in promoting English language acquisition of children and adults who are not native English speakers. 

Non-Licensure TESOL Minor

The non-licensure minor program in TESOL is designed for students in various fields who wish to acquire professional knowledge related to teaching English to speakers of other languages, but who do not want to pursue Virginia teaching licensure. 

Undergraduate Licensure Program (PK-12)

This program draws on theories of linguistics, research on social and cultural variables that influence second language acquisition and the knowledge required to facilitate second language learning. The TESOL program will prepare future educators to understand and implement more equitable and effective ways of working with English Language Learners in a variety of contexts, including inclusion in content/general education classes, sheltered-ESL classes and pullout classes.

Women’s and Gender Studies

The women's and gender studies minor is an 18-credit-hour interdisciplinary program that explores the scholarship related to gender and equity issues as they affect women. Program objectives include:

  • Helping students develop an interdisciplinary perspective on women and on society's construction of gender roles
  • Exploring the extent to which gender affects access to opportunity, power, and resources
  • Enhancing community awareness and sensitivity within the university to the experiences and contributions of women
  • Fostering and facilitating research and scholarship on women and gender issues 
For more information, contact Dr. Mary Thompson, coordinator of the women's studies minor.
World Literature

The undergraduate minor in World Literature gives students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of and experiences in different cultures of the world by examining the literatures of these cultures. By exploring various literary traditions, students will better understand how literature reflects culture and deepen their appreciation for the diversity of global cultures. Additional information is available via the Undergraduate Catalogue or via the minor's website. The minor coordinator is Dr. Debali Mookerjea-Leonard

For additional details on other minor programs at JMU, consult the list of minors in the Undergraduate catalogue or contact Cross disciplinary studies.

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