English Minor

English minors become acquainted with the history of literature and all it has to offer. Whether your interest lies in popular modern literature or the 18th century, there are plenty of course options available.

In this minor, you will work with professors to examine the history of literature and how it has evolved into what it is today. Studying English helps you build critical thinking and analytical skills and understand the literary and linguistic conventions of English.

Benefits of an English Minor

  • Learn how different literary time periods were important development of literature
  • Know the different approaches to literature and know how to interpret the different approaches

Castleton University also offers an English degree program.

English Minor Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

This minor is offered by the English Department.

Students can earn a minor in English by completing 18 credits of English courses beyond:

Code Course Credits

ENG 1061

English Composition

Students study and practice the forms of writing most important to academic thought and expression, including those conventions that govern how to report and document the thoughts of others. Not only do they review grammar and usage, punctuation and mechanics, but they consider how the nuances of language and style affect the other elements of rhetoric. Students should complete this course their first year.

Prerequisite: ENG 0040/ENG 1010 or equivalent.

Every semester


ENG 1070

Effective Speaking

Students prepare and deliver short speeches. They practice how to choose, limit, and arrange what they say according to their audience and purpose; how best to address an audience; how to use visual aids effectively; and how to report and document the thoughts of others. Students should complete this course their first year.

Every semester


ENG 2260

Touchstones of Western Literature

This course provides a representative sampling of biblical, classical, medieval, Renaissance, and modern modes of thought, feeling, and expression. Reading includes examples from the Bible, classical epic and tragedy, medieval allegory or romance, Shakespeare, satire, and the nineteenth century novel.

Prerequisite: ENG 1061, and at least sophomore standing.

Every semester