The Minor in Literature and Writing enables students of all majors to build a knowledge and skill base in both the study of literature and the practice of writing, choosing five courses from a broad range that includes literature, writing, and theory/criticism courses. Writing majors may substitute additional literature/criticism/theory courses for the writing component. The minor may be declared at any time; courses already taken can be counted. Please contact faculty coordinator Emily Beall (ebeall@pratt.edu) for more information.

How to Minor in Literature and Writing

The Minor in Literature and Writing gives the student an opportunity to complement his or her major field of study with a deeper knowledge of creative writing, literature, and criticism. The minor offers a broad range of courses across the categories of literature, writing, and literary theory/criticism. The minor asks you to take at least one course from each of these three categories and at least two more electives from any category.  Within the “theory/criticism” category, we highly recommend taking HMS 230A, which provides a history and overview of the fundamental issues and controversies in the field of literary studies. The courses in literature and writing engage the student both as reader and writer. These activities are inseparable: as literary theorist Roland Barthes put it, when we read, we “write” the text. Students will practice critical and creative writing in a variety of genres. Together, the courses provide an exposure to all the subjects that constitute the field of literary studies at present. 

Writing majors who wish to enroll in the Literature and Writing Minor will simply substitute additional literature and/or criticism and theory courses for the writing component of the minor.

You may register for the minor at any point during your undergraduate career at Pratt, and courses you’ve already taken can be counted towards it. Any section of HMS 201A counts toward the minor.  Since declared minors are guaranteed registration in the relevant courses, it is to your advantage to declare the minor early on. If you register for the minor and decide later to opt out, there is no penalty. Please see the Liberal Arts Advisor to declare the minor.

Completing the minor means submitting a Qualifying Paper/Project—generally a paper or project you’ve done for one of the classes that count towards the minor, which you feel represents your best work. The faculty member serving as Minor Coordinator will advise on any recommended revisions if necessary. You may submit a qualifying paper/project at any time, before or after you’ve completed the coursework for the minor.

Although it is not required, students may choose to concentrate on one of the three areas, or to build a concentration in a subfield defined by genre (for example, poetry or the novel), by area (for example, American or world literature), or by topical focus.

For a list of courses that count toward the minor, please see the minor's academic requirements. If you believe that another course not listed should count, please contact the faculty coordinator. Relevant Independent Study courses (of one, two, or three credits) can count toward the minor with approval.

See Literature and Writing, Minor Curriculum Overview and Academic Requirements