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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Minors in English and Creative Writing

Minor in English 

A minor in English not only enriches students’ appreciation of literature and engages them in cultural debate but also helps develop crucial skills in analytical thinking and clear, persuasive expression, both in speech and in writing. An English minor is an ideal gateway for careers that emphasize communication and critical thinking, including law, business, journalism, public service, and education.

A minor in English consists of 18 hours of English courses, no more than 6 hours of which can be literature survey courses (ENG 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, or 226).  Students must complete at least 9 hours at the 300 level or above. The discontinued ENG 101, 102, and 250 may not be counted toward the minor.


Minor in Creative Writing

 A minor in Creative Writing emphasizes the craft of writing and of revising creative literary work in several genres, including fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and nonfiction. The study of creative writing requires close reading of literary works, discussion and critique of peers’ work in workshop settings, and the development of creative writing techniques and strategies. A minor in Creative Writing serves students who wish to improve their writing, communication, and analytic skills, as well as strengthen their imaginative and expressive faculties.

A minor in Creative Writing consists of 18 hours of English courses. Of those 18 hours, students are required to take (1) either ENG 199 or 300 and (2) at least 9 additional hours of Creative Writing courses: ENG 301, ENG 302, ENG 303, ENG 304, ENG 400, ENG 401, ENG 402, ENG 403, ENG 404, and ENG 405.


Please consult the UM Undergraduate Catalog for the complete and up-to-date requirements for both minors.


To learn more about minoring in English or Creative Writing, contact:

Professor Scott MacKenzie
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of English
The University of Mississippi
C128 Bondurant Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7439