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Curriculum Information Guide

English Literature Minor

Dr. Marlene Groner,  Chair
English/Humanities Dept.
School of Arts & Sciences


The English Department offers an undergraduate Literature Minor to students who have completed EGL 101 and EGL 102 and are enrolled in baccalaureate degree programs at Farmingdale State College. The English Literature Minor consists of 18 credits. Students must complete nine core credits and nine elective credits. Students must apply through the English Department, and specific course work must be determined in consultation with a full-time faculty member of the English Department. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the English Literature Minor courses is required for awarding of the Minor upon graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will analyze complex literary works within the context of the history and evolution of literary genre
  • Students will analyze complex literary works in relation to specific historical, political and cultural contexts 
  • Students will analyze the interrelationship, both past and present, of complex literary works and disciplines such as philosophy, religion, science, medicine, psychology, sociology, music, art and education
  • Students will demonstrate an enhanced understanding of literary terms and forms
  • Students will demonstrate an enhanced ability to analyze language
  • Students will demonstrate an increased sophistication in the use of language in both oral and written communication
  • Students will demonstrate an enhanced ability to critically assess both online and print sources of literary criticism
  • Students will demonstrate an enhanced ability to write sustained analysis of complex works of literature that incorporates secondary sources and readings

About Academic Minors

Farmingdale State College students are invited to enhance their studies with an "Academic Minor." A minor is a cluster of thematically related courses drawn from one or more departments. In addition to department based minors (e.g. computer programming & info systems), interdisciplinary minors are also available (e.g. legal studies).

Academic minors are approved by the College-Wide Curriculum Committee and the Provost. Students must make application for an academic minor through the department offering the minor in conjunction with the Registrar's Office Specific course work must be determined in consultation with a faculty member in the department offering the minor. A statement of successful completion of the academic minor will appear on the student's transcript at the time of graduation.

  • A minor is considered to be an optional supplement to a student's major program of study.
  • Completion of a minor is not a graduation requirement and is subject to the availability of the courses selected. However, if the requirements for a minor are not completed prior to certification of graduation in the major, it will be assumed that the minor has been dropped. Consequently, the student will only be certified for graduation in their primary major.
  • Only students in 4 year baccalaureate programs can apply for a minor.
  • A minor should consist of 15 to 21 credits.
  • At least 12 credits must be in courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • At least 9 credits must be residency credits.
  • Specific requirements for each minor are determined by the department granting the minor. 
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in their minor.  Some minors may require a higher GPA.
  • Students are prohibited from declaring a minor in the same discipline as their major (e.g. one cannot combine an applied math minor with an applied math major). Academic minors may not apply to all curricula.
  • Students are permitted to double-count courses.
  • Students are only permitted to take more than one minor with appropriate written approval of their department chair or curriculum Dean.
Fall 2019 - Subject to Revision

Core: (9 credits)

Survey Course - One course from the following part one survey courses offered by the Department:

EGL 201 English Literature: Old English through the 18th Century
EGL 203 American Literature: Beginnings to 1865
EGL 206 World Literature: Early Classics

Survey Course - One course from the following part two survey courses offered by the Department:

EGL 202 English Literature: 19th Century to the Present
EGL 204 American Literature: 1865 to the Present
EGL 207 World Literature: The Moderns

Genre Course - One course from the following genre courses offered by the Department:

EGL 210 Introduction to Drama
EGL 212 Introduction to Fiction
EGL 214 Introduction to Poetry

Electives: (9 credits)

Three courses must be chosen from this list; at least two of the three courses must be 300-level:

A third 200-level survey course (see above), in addition to the two core survey courses

EGL 200 Shakespeare
EGL 216 Creative Writing
EGL 222 Women in Literature
EGL 225 Images of Women in Drama
EGL 228 Classics and Mythology in Popular Culture
EGL 232 Immigrant Literature: Voices of Multicultural America
EGL 240 Themes in Science Fiction in Film and Literature
EGL 242 Film and Literature
EGL 244 Classics of Supernatural Film and Literature
EGL 246 Themes in Literature
EGL 250 Young Adult Literature
EGL 266 Fantasy in Literature and Film
EGL 269 The Romantic Arts: Art, Dance, Literature & Music
EGL 302 Nineteenth Century English Novel
EGL 307 Special Topics in Literature
EGL 308 The City in Literature, Art, Film and Theatre
EGL 309 Voices of Black America in Poetry, Prose and Song
EGL 312 Major Authors in American Literature
EGL 314 Major Authors in World Literature
EGL 316 Women in Modern American Literature
EGL 317 Studies in Shakespeare
EGL 319 Modern Drama
EGL 322 Leadership in Fact, Fiction and Film
EGL 323 Major Authors in British Literature
EGL 330 Ancient Greek Tragedy: Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides
EGL 331 Death, Madness and Sex: The Victorians

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.