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English > Minor

General Requirements:

  • Composition credits (ENG160, ENG180, ENG205, ENG206, ENG207) do not count toward the English or Creative Writing minors.
  • Courses taken S*/U* (student-elected Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) or receiving a grade below C- will not count toward the minors.


Minor in English (19-20 credits)

Required courses.......................................................8 credits
ENG303 Introduction to British Literature (4)
ENG333 Introduction to American Literature (4)

Elective courses..................................................11-12 credits*
Three elective courses in English or Linguistics, excluding ENG160, ENG180, ENG205, ENG206, ENG207, ENG224, ENG226, ENG448, ENG452, ENG453, ENG454, ENG455. At least two English courses must be at the 400 level, and one must be in literature before 1800.

*NOTE: Transfer students may need to take additional elective credits in order to compensate for 3-credit survey courses accepted as equivalent to 4-credit ENG courses at New Paltz. All students must complete at least 19 credits for the minor in English.


Minor in Creative Writing (19 credits)

Literature courses......................................................8 credits*
Two of the following:
ENG303 Introduction to British Literature (4)
ENG333 Introduction to American Literature (4)
ENG343 Transnational Literature (4)
ENG353 Multiethnic & Diasporic Literature (4)

*NOTE: Transfer students may need to take additional credits in order to compensate for 3-credit survey courses accepted as equivalent to 4-credit ENG courses at New Paltz. All students must complete at least 19 credits for the minor in Creative Writing.

Creative Writing Workshops........................................7 credits
ENG345 Creative Writing Workshop I (3)
ENG445 Creative Writing Workshop II (4)*

*Portfolio review:
All Creative Writing minors are required to submit a portfolio for review after taking Creative Writing Workshop II. Students must pass the portfolio review before they will be permitted to take the required Craft course. Instructions and dates for portfolio submission are available in the English Department office.

Craft course (taken only after passing the portfolio review)......4 credits
Choose at least one of the following:
ENG452 The Craft of Fiction (4)
ENG453 The Craft of Poetry (4)
ENG454 The Craft of Creative Nonfiction (4)
ENG455 The Craft of Dramatic Writing (4)