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UTK English

The Minor

The perfect complement to any major.

An English minor is a perfect complement to majors in other fields, especially those that do not offer much training in written communication. The general Minor in English offers almost complete freedom in taking what classes interest you, allowing you to improve those writing and analytic skills so highly in demand across all professions.

The general Minor in English is achieved by taking five classes in any topic or concentration, with at least four that are upper-level (300 or 400), including one 400-level class minimum. One 200-level course may be counted among the five required classes.

The more specialized Minor in Technical Communication focuses on writing for the sciences and other expert fields. Technical communication minors learn to organize information like pros and understand how to present data and text efficiently and effectively.

Technical communication minors choose among the following courses:

– at least three courses in technical communication (chosen from 360, 460, 461, 462, 466, or any special topics course in technical communication)

– one course in expository writing, argumentative writing, language, rhetoric, or another technical communication course (chosen from 355, 357, 360, 371, 372, 455, 460, 461, 462, 466, 470, 471, 472, 484, 485, 495, or 496)

– any other 300- or 400-level English course

Declare the Major or Minor Here

If you have questions about requirements for either minor, please reach to our dedicated English advisor, Kirsten Pitcock at