Overview

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 below. If you believe that another course not listed here should count, please contact the faculty coordinator. Relevant Independent Study courses (of one, two, or three credits) can count toward the minor with approval.

Minor Curriculum

Literature and Writing Minor, 2018
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  • Minor Requirement 1

    COMPLETE 6 CREDITS FROM THE FIRST LIST OF COURSES AND 9 CREDITS FROM THE SECOND LIST OF COURSES.

    HMS-203A World Literature Survey I
    OR
    HMS-203B World Literature Survey II
    OR
    HMS-203C International Novels Survey
    OR
    OR
    HMS-205A Survey of African-American Culture
    OR
    OR
    HMS-208A Medieval Literature and Culture: A Survey
    OR
    HMS-208B Early Modern Literature and Culture: A Survey
    OR
    HMS-225A Introduction to Journalism
    OR
    HMS-225B Introduction to Feature Writing
    OR
    OR
    HMS-231B Introduction to the New Testament and its Cultural Setting
    OR
    HMS-230A Literary Criticism and Theory Survey
    OR

    HMS-300A Topics in Literary Studies: Children's Literature
    OR
    HMS-300B Topics in Literary Studies: The Literature of Popular Culture
    OR
    OR
    HMS-300D Topics in Literary Studies: Satire
    OR
    HMS-300S SPT: Literary Studies
    OR
    HMS-301A Topics in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture: Modernist Literatures
    OR
    HMS-301B Topics in Modern/Contemporary Literature And Culture: Modernist Drama
    OR
    HMS-301S SPT: Modern Lit and Cultural Studies Contemporary Literature and Culture
    OR
    HMS-303S SPT: World Lit and Cultural Studies
    OR
    HMS-304B Topics in American Studies: Perspective On U.S. Literature
    OR
    HMS-304S Special Topics in American Studies
    OR
    HMS-308A Topics in European Literatures: Shakespeare
    OR
    HMS-310S SPT: Poetry and Poetics New York School Film
    OR
    HMS-400A Topics in Literary Studies: The Comic Apocalypse
    OR
    HMS-400S Special Topics in Literary Studies Spt:literary Studies: the Literary Avant Garde
    OR
    HMS-403S Special Topics in World Literature and Culture
    OR
    HMS-404A Topics in American Studies: Democratic Vistas: Issues in Mid-19th-C Am Lit
    OR
    HMS-404C Topics in American Studies: Immigration, Diaspora and Citizenship Currents of the American 1950'S and 60'S
    OR
    HMS-404D Topic in American Studies:Portraying The American Girl in Literature and Visual Art
    OR
    HMS-404E Topics in American Studies: Photography In American Literature and Culture Visual Art
    OR
    HMS-405A Topics in African American Lit/Culture: Roots of the Harlem Renaissance
    OR
    HMS-405S Special Topic in African American Literature and Culture
    OR
    HMS-410S Special Topics in Poetry and Poetics
    OR
    HMS-432S Special Topics in Gender Studies
    OR
    HMS-320A Topics in Creative Writing: Poetry Writing
    OR
    HMS-320B Topics in Creative Writing: Fiction Writing
    OR
    HMS-320C Topics in Creative Writing: Screenwriting II
    OR
    HMS-320S Special Topics: Creative Writing New York School Film
    OR
    OR
    OR
    HMS-325S Special Topics: Journalism Tutorial Film
    OR
    HMS-420S Special Topics in Creative Writing
    OR
    OR
    HMS-430A Topics in Literary/Cultural Theory: Critical Theory for Artists and Writers
    OR
    HMS-430S Special Topics in Literary/Cultural Theory