All minors require four courses (16 credits) of related coursework, two of which must be taken at Emerson College. Where applicable, students may apply 4 credits from the Liberal Arts requirements toward a minor.

Fiction Minor

The Fiction minor requires at least 16 credits, including both Literature and Writing courses, devoted to fiction. The Literature courses must be numbered 300 or above; the Writing courses must be numbered 200 or above. Selections may be made from, but are not limited to, the following:

  • LI 308 - The Art of Fiction
  • LI 313 - Novel into Film
  • LI 323 - The American Short Story
  • LI 393 - American Novel I
  • WR 211 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction
  • WR 311 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
  • WR 407 - Advanced Seminar Workshop in Fiction

Students may also select from LI topics courses (different topics are offered each semester) when they explicitly focus on fiction.

Literature Minor

This minor provides an introduction to broad, culturally inclusive, and interdisciplinary understanding of literature and what it means to write and communicate in a global community. Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of literature courses that cover a broad range of aesthetic styles, formal genres, and political and historical contexts as they explore one of our more complex and important art forms.

At least 16 credits in Literature courses. No more than one course (4 credits) may be at the 200 level. The remaining 12 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above. These courses should have a planned coherence; they may focus, for example, on a genre, tradition, area, or period.

Poetry Minor

The Poetry minor requires at least 16 credits, including both literature and writing courses, devoted to poetry. The literature courses must be numbered 300 or above; the writing courses must be numbered 200 or above. Selections may be made from the following:

  • LI 305 - Modern Poetry and After
  • LI 307 - The Art of Poetry
  • LI 401 - Topics in Poetry
  • LI 413 - The Forms of Poetry: Theory and Practice
  • WR 212 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry
  • WR 312 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry
  • WR 405 - Advanced Seminar Workshop in Poetry

Students may also select from literature topics courses (different topics are offered each semester) when they explicitly focus on poetry.

Publishing Minor

At least 16 credit hours in publishing courses with a planned coherence in an industry or medium (book, magazine, digital, etc.) or a skill (editing, designing, etc.). No more than one course may be at the 200 level. The remaining 12 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above and cannot include PB 310, PB 498, or PB 499.

Writing Minor

The Writing minor requires at least 16 credit hours in a sequence of related writing courses approved by the department. This sequence must include four courses from the following:

  • WR 211 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction
  • WR 212 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry
  • WR 216 - Introduction to Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • WR 311 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
  • WR 312 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry
  • WR 313 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Drama
  • WR 315 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Comedy
  • WR 316 - Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • WR 405 - Advanced Seminar Workshop in Poetry
  • WR 407 - Advanced Seminar Workshop in Fiction
  • WR 415 - Advanced Seminar Workshop in Nonfiction
  • WR 416 - Topics in Writing