Minors & Endorsements

English Minor

Program Advisor: Kenneth Chan

The English minor introduces students to literary study in both British and American literatures, while allowing them the freedom to craft a program in line with their interests.

Program Requirements

ENG 122 and any course satisfying Liberal Arts Core category 1b are prerequisites for the minor. There are no application procedures or requirements for students wishing to declare the minor. Students must pass their English classes with a grade of D or better, and must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 in order to remain in good academic standing.

Writing Minor

Program Director: Lisa Zimmerman

The writing minor is a cross-disciplinary undergraduate program designed to strengthen and advance students' writing abilities. Students study the history as well as theories of writing, and gain competence in writing about different subjects, for different purposes and audiences, and in different genres and styles.

The program allows students to focus on areas of specific interest to them (e.g., creative writing or professional writing), as well as to craft an internship that serves their long-term professional goals. We offer creative writing courses from the introductory to the advanced levels, in screenwriting, poetry, prose fiction, and creative non-fiction. We also offer advanced special topics courses in editing, stylistics, and autobiography and memoir. Our writing instructors have published numerous books of fiction and poetry, as well as scholarly essays on a variety of topics.

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Program Requirements

ENG 122 and any course satisfying Liberal Arts Core category 1b are prerequisites for the minor. There are no application procedures or requirements for students wishing to declare the minor. Students must pass their writing classes with a grade of D or better, and must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 in order to remain in good academic standing.

Film Minor

Program Director and Student Advisor:  Kenneth Chan

The film minor offers courses in film history, theory, and criticism, and is designed for students who wish to study the political, historical, cultural, aesthetic, and social significance of the art form. In this interdisciplinary program, students will begin with an introduction to film (FILM 120) before proceeding to specialized courses that examine American and global cinemas from various theoretical and thematic perspectives. The goal of the minor is to provide students with an understanding of film as a distinct art form, with its own unique history, language, mechanics, and principles of production and reception.

Students will learn to "read" film and interpret it through an examination of its individual elements as well as by discussing how these parts fit together as a whole. Moreover, students are encouraged through this program of study to understand better the connections between cinema and the general importance of visual representation in contemporary culture. The Minor in Film Studies is an interdisciplinary program, which means that it includes perspectives from a variety of disciplines, consideration of film in various periods of the history of cinema, as well as films produced in various global cultures.

UNC’s film faculty regularly offer variable-topic courses on such subjects as “Melodramas and Musicals,” “On Stardom and Celebrity,” “Monsters and Madmen,” and “Queer Theory.” We also offer introductory and advanced courses in screenwriting.

Program Requirements

The Film Studies Minor comprises 15 credit hours of required courses and 3 credit hours of electives, making a total of 18 hours. Please note that some courses have prerequisites. The requirements are described in detail in the UNC Catalog, and the Film Studies Program has developed a recommendation for completing the program within four years.

Declaring a Minor in Film Studies

There are no application requirements for students wishing to declare the minor. However, students must fill in the standard minor declaration form, which is available in the main office of the Department of English (Ross Hall). Students must pass their classes with a grade of D or better, and must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 in the minor. The Film Studies Director may approve variable topic courses offered by other program areas as minor electives, provided they exhibit a significant focus in film studies.

Program Faculty:

Affiliated Faculty & Staff

Other professors from schools and departments across the university also teach courses that count as Film Studies Minor electives.

  • Brook Blair, Professor of Political Science
  • David Caldwell, Professor of Modern Languages
  • Paul F. Hodapp, Professor of Philosophy
  • George H. Junne, Professor of Africana Studies
  • Mary Schuttler, Professor of Theatre Studies
  • Anne Toewe, Professor of Theater Studies
  • Charles Ingold, Professor of Communication Studies

Secondary English Education Endorsement

Program Coordinator: Teresa Sellmer

This unique program will prepare non-English secondary or K-12 teachers for an endorsement in English Language Arts, with an emphasis on improving literacy skills in the classroom. This endorsement will be offered entirely online and can be completed in two years. The program is designed with current students in mind and consists of two 8-week courses per semester.

Program Requirements

At present, please contact Teresa Sellmer to apply for this program.

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • A grade of "B" or better from Liberal Arts Core areas 1a or b (ENG 122 or ENG 123)
  • A grade point average of 2.75 for all classes required in the endorsement program
  • A grade of B or better in both EED 320 and EED 321 (B- will not be accepted)

Course of Study

Take all of the following courses:

  • EED 295 Writing on Themes in Literature (3) (Prerequisites: ENG 122 and any course meeting LAC category 1b.) EED 295 is the prerequisite for all courses except EED 310.
  • EED 310 Language and Communication (3)
  • EED 320 Literacy Pedagogy in Secondary Classrooms I (2)
  • EED 317 Multimodal/media literacy in Secondary Classrooms (3)
  • EED 321 Literacy Pedagogy in Secondary Classrooms (2)

Choose one of the following:

  • EED 311 Studies in Non-Western Literature (3)
  • EED 312 Studies in Modern Western Literature (3)

Choose one of the following:

  • EED 313 Studies in British Literature I (3)
  • EED 314 Studies in British Literature II (3)

Choose one of the following:

  • EED 315 Studies in American Literature I (3)
  • EED 316 Studies in American Literature II (3)

Then choose one additional literature course:

  • EED 311, EED 312, EED 313, EED 314, EED 315, EED 316