English Department Minors

Creative Writing Interactive Journalism Journalism Literature in English

Creative Writing Minor

PEAKS | Humanities & Fine Arts |

Creative Writing Minor

18 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar or ENG-100 courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 6 credits (2 courses) from the following:

ENG 200-level

Introduction to Literary Studies Courses

6

Complete 3 credits of 300-level seminar courses:

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature

3

ENG-309

The Epic Tradition

3

ENG-315

The Supernatural in British Literature

3

ENG-316

The Brontės

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century British Fiction

3

ENG-318

Prize Books

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie

3

ENG-323

Postcolonial Studies

3

ENG-324

Narratives Against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

ENG-329

Inventing America

3

ENG-330

African American Literature

3

ENG-331

Gardens of American Literature

3

ENG-332

Adrienne Rich

3

ENG-333

Hemingway & Faulkner

3

ENG-334

Ecopoetics

3

ENG-335

The American Renaissance

3

ENG-338

Postmodern Literature

3

ENG-341

Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson

3

200-Level Writing Workshops

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:

ENG-245

Poetry Writing Workshop

3

ENG-246

Fiction Writing Workshop

3

ENG-247

Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

JOURN-200

Principles and Practices of Journalism: Print

3

 

300-Level Writing Workshops

 

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ENG-345

Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop

3

ENG-346

Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop

3

ENG-347

Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

Fine Arts Course Requirement

Choose 3 credits from the following subject areas:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Communicate clearly, persuasively and confidently in writing
  • Critically interpret literature
  • Understand and interpret literature as a form of human imagination and expression
  • Understand literary traditions are informed by and reflect and shape the world
  • Critical Thinking

Interactive Journalism Minor

PEAKS | Humanities & Fine Arts | Professional Studies & Enhancements |

Call it "the first draft of history," the engine of the communication revolution, or the literature of fact, journalism performs an ever-increasing role in the twenty-first century. Online and interactive journalism have made journalism more immediate, personal, and democratic than ever before. Yet the essential tools and techniques of nonfiction and journalistic writing remain remarkably unchanged. The Interactive Journalism minor combines the resources of the college in art, photography and traditional liberal arts disciplines with coursework in journalism. Internships in real world media businesses give College of Idaho journalism minors a sense of what is happening in the workplace.

Present in all our coursework is a focus on critical thinking and exposure to the best examples of nonfiction writing for print, websites, radio and television. All minors are expected to work for The Coyote student newspaper and the CofI Online—our college online publication for The College of Idaho community that includes articles and artwork, creative nonfiction, poetry and short fiction, and also publishes our capstone projects. The goal of the minor in Interactive Journalism is to produce journalists who possess the skills and critical thinking ability to work in today's media. The means—broadcast, print, Internet—of distributing news have evolved; the method of gathering and interpreting information has quickened, but the essence of the work—the informed, well-researched and compellingly told story—remains at the heart of all good journalism. Our students benefit from an inter-disciplinary approach, taking courses in ethics, graphic and web design, a required capstone project as well as a core curriculum in journalism. Internships in print, video or interactive media give the students hands-on experience off campus.

The Interactive Journalism minor is a comprehensive minor that fulfills the Humanities & Fine Arts and Professional Studies PEAKs. It requires that students consider aesthetic, philosophical, and artistic aims in the study of communication.

Interactive Journalism Minor

28-30 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar or ENG-100 courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

JOURN-200

Principles & Practices of Journalism: Print

3

JOURN-201

Principles & Practices of Journalism: Visual

3

JOURN-299T

Special Topics (any version)

1

JOURN-300 or
ENG 347

Feature Writing or
Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

JOURN-301

Advanced Editing and Reporting

3

JOURN-400

Senior Project

3

JOURN-497

Internship

1-3

PHI-331

Ethics

3

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:

ART-107

Digital Imaging

3

ART-108

Introduction to Web Design

3

ART-201

Visual Communication I

3

ART-202

Visual Communication II

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Journalism minors should demonstrate the ability to research, report and edit according to professional standards. They are expected to be proficient nonfiction writers and understand the history of the field. They need to apply ethical standards in their reporting, interviewing and show that they can do thorough and thoughtful research for articles. In addition they must demonstrate an understanding of the methods and uses of multimedia in journalism today.

Journalism Minor

PEAKS | Professional Studies & Enhancements |

The Journalism minor presents the fundamentals of the profession. Classes introduce the student to the history of the profession, examine ethical questions that journalists confront and explore the remarkable transformation that contemporary media are undergoing. Each student minoring in journalism is expected to develop a capstone project, contribute to campus publications and complete an internship. Working journalists regularly visit the classes to share their experiences. All the courses are writing intensive and include both a presentation of research and reporting as well as a portfolio of papers.

Journalism Minor

16-18 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar or ENG-100 courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

JOURN-200

Principles & Practices of Journalism: Print

3

JOURN-201

Principles & Practices of Journalism: Visual

3

JOURN-300 or
ENG 347

Feature Writing or
Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

JOURN-301

Advanced Editing and Reporting

3

JOURN-401

Senior Project

3

JOURN-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

Journalism minors should demonstrate the ability to research, report and edit according to professional standards. They are expected to be proficient nonfiction writers and understand the history of the field. They need to apply ethical standards in their reporting, interviewing and show that they can do thorough and thoughtful research for articles. In addition they must demonstrate an understanding of the methods and uses of multimedia in journalism today.

Literature in English Minor

PEAKS | Humanities & Fine Arts |

Literature in English Minor

18 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar or ENG-100 courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG 200-level

Introduction to Literary Studies Courses

6

Complete 6 credits of 300-level seminar courses:

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature

3

ENG-308

Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson

3

ENG-309

The Epic Tradition

3

ENG-315

The Supernatural in British Literature

3

ENG-316

The Brontės

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century British Fiction

3

ENG-318

Prize Books

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie

3

ENG-324

Narratives Against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

ENG-329

Inventing America

3

ENG-330

African American Literature

3

ENG-331

Gardens of American Literature

3

ENG-332

Adrienne Rich

3

ENG-333

Hemingway & Faulkner

3

ENG-334

Ecopoetics

3

ENG-335

The American Renaissance

3

ENG-338

Postmodern Literature

3

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ENG-280

Theory and Methods of the Study of Literature

3

ENG-SEM

One additional 300-Level English Seminar Course

3

Fine Arts Course Requirement

Choose 3 credits from the following subject areas:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Communicating clearly, persuasively and confidently in writing
  • Critically interpreting literature
  • Understanding and interpreting literature as a form of human imagination and expression
  • Understanding how the literary tradition has helped shape the world
  • Critical Thinking

Note: Students who wish to be certified to teach English as the secondary level may need to take additional courses in English. Please consult with a faculty member in the Education Department to learn the current requirements for certification.

Associated Minors

Asian Studies Minor

PEAKS | Humanities & Fine Arts | Social Science & History |

Asian Studies Minor
Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK

16 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete a Major outside the Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK

Complete the following:

ASN-494

Independent Study*

1

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ENG-225

Asia through its Movies

3

ENG-233

The Literature of Immigrants

3

ENG-324

Narratives against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

REL-203

Buddhism

3

REL-300

Zen

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ASN-302.1

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

2

ASN-302.2

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

4

HIS-210

History of Modern East Asia

3

HIS-338

Modern India

3

HIS-340

Pre-Modern Chinese History

3

HIS-343

Religion and the State in Late Imperial China

3

HIS-345

Modern China

3

HIS-354

History of Southeast Asia

3

HIS-357

Popular Culture in Modern Chinese

3

HIS-384

Modern Japan

3

POE-321

Comparative Economics

3

POE-370

Political Economy of China

3

POE-371

Political Economy of Japan

3

POE-374

Political Economy of Southeast Asia

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Acquire a basic familiarity with major traditions and themes in the study of Asia across at least three disciplines
  • Think comparatively about at least three different regions of Asia
  • Demonstrate an ability to write thoughtfully and persuasively about Asia's diverse cultures and history  

*Note: ASN-494 Independent Study minors must expand a paper they have written for one of their ASN related courses. These "starred papers" will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievement in the minor.

Asian Studies Minor
Social Science & History PEAK

16 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete a Major outside the Social Science & History PEAK

Complete the following:

ASN-494

Independent Study *

1

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ASN-302.1

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

2

ASN-302.2

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

4

HIS-210

History of Modern East Asia

3

HIS-338

Modern India

3

HIS-340

Pre-Modern Chinese History

3

HIS-343

Religion and the State in Late Imperial China

3

HIS-345

Modern China

3

HIS-354

History of Southeast Asia

3

HIS-357

Popular Culture in Modern Chinese

3

HIS-384

Modern Japan

3

POE-321

Comparative Economics

3

POE-370

Political Economy of China

3

POE-371

Political Economy of Japan

3

POE-374

Political Economy of Southeast Asia

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG-225

Asia Through its Movies

3

ENG-233

The Literature of Immigrants

3

ENG-323

Postcolonial Studies

3

ENG-324

Narratives against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

PHI-367

Buddhist Philosophy

3

REL-203

Buddhism

3

REL-300

Zen

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Acquire a basic familiarity with major traditions and themes in the study of Asia across at least three disciplines
  • Think comparatively about at least three different regions of Asia
  • Demonstrate an ability to write thoughtfully and persuasively about Asia's diverse cultures and history  

*Note: ASN-494 Independent Study minors must expand a paper they have written for one of their ASN related courses. These "starred papers" will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute
a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievement in the minor.

British Studies Minor

PEAKS | Humanities & Fine Arts | Social Science & History |

British Studies Minor
Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK

15-16 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 1 starred paper *

Complete 9 credits from the following (200-level Intro. to Literary Studies must taken before enrolling in 300-level course in British Literature):

ENG-210

Shakespearean Comedy

3

ENG-211

Weird Shakespeare

3

ENG-212

Introduction to Shakespeare

3

ENG-218

World War I and Modern Literature

3

ENG-219

Thief making and Thief taking

3

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature *

3

ENG-308

Marlowe, Shakespeare and Jonson*

3

ENG-315

Ghosties and Ghoulies*

3

ENG-316

The Brontes*

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Fiction*

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles*

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles*

3

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salmon Rushdie*

3

IND-307

London (7 Credits of IND 307 count towards the British Studies PEAK)

3

MUS-308

Performing Britannia and Celtica: The Music of Britain*

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

HIS-311

To Kill a King: The English Civil War*

3

HIS-350

The British Empire 1759-1960*

3

HIS-352

England to 1688*

3

HIS-353

Modern Britain*

3

HIS-399T.2

Tudor England

3

IND-307

London (7 Credits of IND 307 count towards the British Studies PEAK)

3

IND-320

Scotland and the Lake District

3

Complete 3 credits of Fine Arts coursework through the following:

IND-307

London

3

IND-320

Scotland and the Lake District

3

MUS-308

Performing Britannia and Celtica: The Music of Britain

3

ART

Art Elective

3

MUS

Music Elective

3

THE

Theatre Elective

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking: Demonstrate an understanding of how historical and cultural contexts of the British Isles inform and influence specific events or creative expressions.
  • Analytical Reasoning: Demonstrate an understanding of what areas and forms of inquiry are considered meaningful in British Studies through framing relevant research questions. Interpret and evaluate primary and secondary sources through the lenses of British Studies
  • Problem Solving: independently locate and apply pertinent scholarship on British history, literature, or music to meaningful research questions in British Studies
  • Written Communication: Present an original argument in a thesis-driven, well-organized, and clearly written essay with clear results supported by relevant scholarship.

* Note: For a "starred paper" students must expand a paper they have written for one of their ENG or MUS British Studies courses. These will graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievement in the minor

British Studies Minor
Social Science & History PEAK

15 - 18 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 1 starred paper**

Complete 9 credits from the following (200-level Intro. to Literary Studies must taken before enrolling in 300-level course in British Literature):

HIS-311

To Kill a King: The English Civil War*

3

HIS-350

The British Empire 1756-1960*

3

HIS-352

England to 1688*

3

HIS-353

Modern Britain*

3

HIS-399T.2

Tudor England

3

IND-307

London (7 Credits of IND 307 count towards the British Studies PEAK)

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG-210

Shakespeare Comedy

3

ENG-212

Introduction of Shakespeare

3

ENG-218

World War I and Modern Literature

3

ENG-219

Thief making and Thief taking

3

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature*

3

ENG-308

Marlowe, Shakespeare and Jonson

3

ENG-315

Ghosties and Ghoulies*

3

ENG-316

The Brontes*

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century British Fiction*

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles*

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles*

3

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salmon Rushdie*

3

IND-307

London ( 7 Credits of IND 307 count towards the British Studies PEAK)

3

IND-320

Scotland & The Lake District

3

MUS-308

Performing Britannia and Celtica: The Music of Britain

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking: Demonstrate an understanding of how historical and cultural contexts of the British Isles inform and influence specific events or creative expressions.
  • Analytical Reasoning: Demonstrate an understanding of what areas and forms of inquiry are considered meaningful in British Studies through framing relevant research questions. Interpret and evaluate primary and secondary sources through the lenses of British Studies
  • Problem Solving: independently locate and apply pertinent scholarship on British history, literature, or music to meaningful research questions in British Studies
  • Written Communication: Present an original argument in a thesis-driven, well-organized, and clearly written essay with clear results supported by relevant scholarship. 

* Note: For a "starred paper" students must expand a paper they have written for one of their HIS British Studies related courses. These will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievement in the minor.

Criminal Justice Studies Minor

PEAKS | Humanities & Fine Arts | Social Science & History | Professional Studies & Enhancements |

Criminal Justice Studies Minor
Humanities and Fine Arts PEAK

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

IND-368

The Prison Experience

5

SOC-494*

Independent Study

1

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG-219

Thief-making and Thief Taking

3

ENG-226

Postmodernism and Human Rights Activism

3

ENG-232

Literature and Slavery

3

ENG-235

Prose and Cons

3

ENG-324

Narratives Against Oppression

3

PHI-331

Ethics

3

SOC-497

Internship

1-3

Additional Fine Arts Course

Complete 3 credits from the following subject areas:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking about the field from a number of disciplinary perspectives
  • Analytical reasoning applied to crime and prison related arguments
  • Problem solving in regards to social, political economy and humanitarian issues
  • Written communication through intensive journals, research and response papers
  • First-hand experience visiting adult & juvenile correctional facilities
  • Opportunities to explore criminal justice-related professions

* Six weeks before graduation, students will submit a portfolio of relevant work completed for the minor, such as exams and papers, including a two-page essay describing important academic lessons and skills acquired in this minor.

Criminal Justice Studies Minor
Social Science and History PEAK

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS  

IND-368

The Prison Experience

5

SOC-330

Criminology and Deviance

3

SOC-494*

Independent Study

1

Choose 9 credits from the following:

ATH-202

Cultural Diversity

3

ATH-302A

Cultural Diversity

3

EDU-300

Schools and Society

3

POE-241

Introduction to Public Policy

3

PSY-404

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY-407

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

3

SOC-360

Race and Ethnic Relations

3

SOC-349

Social Stratification

3

SOC-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking about the field from a number of disciplinary perspectives
  • Analytical reasoning applied to crime and prison related arguments
  • Problem solving in regards to social, political economy and humanitarian issues
  • Written communication through intensive journals, research and response papers
  • First-hand experience visiting adult & juvenile correctional facilities
  • Opportunities to explore criminal justice-related professions

Criminal Justice Studies Minor
Professional Studies and Enhancements PEAK

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

IND-368

The Prison Experience

5

SOC-330

Criminology and Deviance

3

SOC-494*

Independent Study

1

 

 

Complete 9 credits from the following:

 

BUS-391

The Legal Environment

3

CHE-124

Forensic Chemistry and Laboratory

3

EDU-300

Schools and Society

3

POE-241

Introduction to Public Policy

3

PSY-407

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

3

SOC-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking about the field from a number of disciplinary perspectives
  • Analytical reasoning applied to crime and prison related arguments
  • Problem solving in regards to social, political economy and humanitarian issues
  • Written communication through intensive journals, research and response papers
  • First-hand experience visiting adult & juvenile correctional facilities
  • Opportunities to explore criminal justice-related professions