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Undergraduate Minor

Students minoring in English at Penn explore language, literature, and culture across the globe and in a wide array of forms. From books and manuscripts to theater, film, TV, and digital media, English Minors go everywhere English goes in order to cultivate their critical and expressive skills.

Minors need to take six courses: one must be an upper-level Literature Seminar (any course numbered 0500-0599; 0700-0799; 2000-2999; 4500-4998; 5000-5999), one must focus on literature before 1800 (attributes AE18, AEB7, or AEMR), and the remaining four can be any English courses.

With prior approval of the Undergraduate Chair or the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, students may count one literature course from another department. Note that courses in the Critical Writing Program (those coded as WRIT) do not count in the Minor.



To declare the Minor, you should meet with the Undergraduate Chair or Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and initiate the process in Path@Penn by using the “Declare/Update Field of Study” form.

  • Go to the Path Forms page:
  • Click on the "Declare/Update Field of Study" link. A pop-out page should bring you to a page with clear instructions to follow
  • Select the appropriate request (e.g. "Add an additional Major/Concentration or Minor") and complete the form

Once you complete the form it will be sent to the department for approval and then onto the College Office.