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Minor Requirements

If you would like to talk to an English advisor about minoring in English feel free to call the advising office at 304-293-9740, stop by 102 Colson Hall, or contact the English advisors by emailing Marsha Bissett at

The Department of English offers three minors

Minor in English

Any student admitted to a degree program other than English or English/Secondary Education may minor in English. The minor in English consists of any 15 hours beyond ENGL 101 and 102 or 103 with a minimum of nine hours at the upper-divisional level. Students are advised to design their own English minor to complement the work in their major. Only courses in which the student earns a grade of C or better can be applied to the English minor.

Please direct questions about this minor to Marsha Bissett at

Minor in Creative Writing

English majors who concentrate in creative writing study the craft of writing under the mentorship of faculty who are accomplished authors. Workshops focus on poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and the course sequence culminates in a capstone that allows students to produce an extended body of original work. The Creative Writing Program also hosts an active reading series and oversees the publication of Calliope, a literary journal edited and designed entirely by WVU undergraduates.

For more information, see the English department course catalog.

Please direct questions about this concentration/minor to Mary Ann Samyn, Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program.

Minor in Professional Writing and Editing

Professional writers work in a variety of corporate and educational settings, including scientific and engineering firms, nonprofit and government organizations, colleges and universities, hospitals and clinical environments, as well as law firms. They do more, though, than simply translate complex, technical information into easy-to-read prose. Professional writers bring a variety of skills to workplace settings, from designing print and digital documents and managing large-scale writing projects to collaborating with co-workers in other professions on grants or proposals. Professional writers can assess the information needs of audiences from different languages and cultural backgrounds, and analyze how written texts circulate through the organizations in which they work. In short, professional writers possess the critical, rhetorical, and technical knowledge necessary to produce successful and effective communications.

For more information, see the English department course course catalog.

Please direct questions about this minor to Brian Ballentine, Coordinator for Professional Writing and Editing.

Both the concentration and minor in Professional Writing and Editing require 15 credit hours of course work. The biggest difference between the two is that the minor does not require English 491A: Professional Field Experience (the PWE Internship/Capstone).

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