This minor may be completed only by students admitted to the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence options of Elementary Education. Students admitted to the Content Focus option are asked to identify the minor of their choice when admitted to the program. Students admitted to the other Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence options should fill out a minor declaration form available in the School of Education Student Services office, Room 139 Education Building.

The English minor requires the completion of 24–30 credits to include the coursework listed below. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required, based on all UW–Madison coursework included in the minor.

Note: Six credits of introductory literature must be completed prior to enrolling in coursework required for the English minor. Courses with an Literature breadth designation from many departments—e.g., Comparative Literature, Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies, African Languages and Literature, or Theatre and Drama—may be selected to meet this requirement. Students are encouraged to explore these options, although introductory English department coursework may also be used in this capacity.

Required Courses
Complete the following:
ENGL 241 Literature and Culture I: to the 18th Century3
ENGL 242 Literature and Culture II: from the 18th Century to the Present3
CURRIC 431 Young Adult Literature for Schools (or approved substitute)3
ENGL 314 Structure of English (students are encouraged to take this course as early as possible)3
Select one of the following:3
Shakespearean Drama
Shakespearean Drama
Early Works of Shakespeare
Later Works of Shakespeare
Select one English department elective numbered 204 and above, except for ENGL 207 and ENGL 236 1
Ethnic Literature
Select one 3-credit intermediate or advanced ethnic literature course 2
Applied English Linguistics
Select one of the following (listed in order of preference):3
English Grammar in Use
History of the English Language
English Language Variation in the U.S.
English in Society
Global Spread of English
Composition for English Teachers
Composition & Rhetoric In and Beyond the University
Or, select a course in consultation with an advisor in the School of Education Student Services office.
Additional Credits
If necessary, select additional coursework to reach the minimum of 24 credits. Introductory literature may be used.