The minor in Writing and Literature enables motivated students to pursue their studio practice while engaging in the creative and critical literary arts with a dynamic, supportive faculty.

Completing the minor does not increase the total number of units required to graduate. So for most students, pursuing the minor will not affect the number of courses taken either within the major or in the Humanities and Sciences areas.

However, because the coursework in the minor may replace other requirements, it is important to meet with an advisor as early as possible to plan the course of study.

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Writing and Literature Minor Requirements

  • Writing 1 (WRLIT-100)
  • Writing 2 (WRLIT-202)
  • Literature Seminar (LITPA-200/WRLIT-304)
  • Workshop (WRLIT-110/-204/-300)
  • MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360) or Ways of Reading seminar (WRLIT 320)

Choose two additional courses from the following:

  • Introduction to Writing & Literature (WRLIT-108)
  • First Year Writer’s Studio (WRLIT-110)
  • Literature: Historical Topics (WRLIT-208)
  • Literature: Modern Topics (WRLIT-210)
  • World Literature Survey (WRLIT-216)
  • Workshop: Literary Forms (WRLIT-204/WRLIT-300)
  • Literature Seminar (LITPA-200/WRLIT-304)
  • MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360)
  • Ways of Reading seminar (WRLIT-320)
  • Literary Journal (WRLIT-308)
  • Workshop: Critical Essay (WRLIT-400)

21 total units

Distribution of Units

In order to satisfy the Writing and Literature minor requirements, students will use the following:

  • Existing 9 units of Writing & Literature/Literary and Performing Arts Studies requirements
  • Existing 6 units of Humanities and Sciences electives
  • 3 units of studio elective (satisfied by Workshop: Literary Forms (WRLIT 204/300)); and
  • 3 units of the 300-level Humanities and Sciences requirement—satisfied for minors only by either MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360) or Ways of Reading seminar (WRLIT-320)


To discuss the minor option further, please contact either of the following:
your major advisor; or

Aimee Phan, Chair of Writing and Literature; or
Naomi Washer, Writing & Literature Program Manager