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English Minor

Develop Essential Skills You Can Use in Any Field. 

UMass Boston’s English Minor program helps you fine-tune your critical thinking, communication, and writing skills. You’ll explore and analyze literature and the principles of creative writing, broadening your cultural awareness and understanding of literary traditions and perspectives from around the world.

You can use the skills you gain from this program in jobs in education, marketing, law, information technology, business management, and more. With an English program on your resume, you’ll signal to employers that you can read closely, write clearly, think critically and creatively, and engage with complex ideas — all essential skills for any job. 

Expand Your Studies

How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Foundational English Course (3 Credits)

Take one course from the list below.

  • ENGL 200 - Introduction to Literary Studies 3 Credit(s)
  • ENGL 201 - Five British Authors 3 Credit(s)
  • ENGL 202 - Six American Authors 3 Credit(s)

Electives (15 Credits)

Take five English courses (any course numbered 103 or above) excluding all 100G-Level First-Year Seminars. At least four courses must be 300- or 400-level courses.

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including one 200-level foundational English course and five electives.

Grade: No course with a grade below C- may applied toward the minor.
Pass/fail: No courses taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Course reuse: No more than one course may be shared between a minor and another program.


Jessyca Doyle, Undergraduate Programs
Wheatley Hall, 6th Floor, Room 012
english.department [@]

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