Undergraduate Minors


English Minor

Undergraduate Catalog’s English Minor >

An English minor can be complementary to many programs of study. A minor in English can help you develop flexible skills to compete in a rapidly-changing economy and to adapt to working with emerging technologies and new media.

For additional information about minoring in English, please email EnglishUG@ecu.edu.

Professional Writing and Information Design Minor

Undergraduate Catalog’s Professional Writing and Information Design Minor >

The Professional Writing minor focuses on theories and practices of professional writing, including composing rhetorically effective arguments, engaging in robust writing processes, demonstrating digital and visual fluency, and working across audiences and contexts in accordance with the ethics and standards of the discipline.

On completing the program, you will understand the kinds of work professional writers and editors do and connect your own career goals with professional writing as a field of study. You’ll understand concepts and theories of professional writing that involve the relationships among workplaces, society, culture, communities, and technologies. design principles, digital tools, composing strategies, theories, and research skills in professional writing.

You’ll become proficient in collaborative and individual composing processes involved in project development and management necessary to create information that meets the needs of your intended audiences in both form and content. To create materials for a variety of audiences, you will employ design principles, use digital tools, and develop research skills.

In addition, you’ll develop an appreciation of how differences related to nationality, culture, gender/gender identity, and ability impact communication; and awareness of the importance of professional standards and ethics in your work.

For additional information about minoring in English, please email EnglishUG@ecu.edu.

Creative Writing Minor

Undergraduate Catalog’s Creative Writing Minor >

The minor in creative writing provides a solid background in appreciating and writing original creative work in four principal genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and play/scriptwriting. The minor also incorporates the study of literature and other disciplines to provide you with the foundations needed to become a reader and a creative writer.

The minor requires an introductory workshop course that exposes you to each of the four genres and a minimum of two workshop courses in specific genres.

Film Studies Minor

Undergraduate Catalog’s Film Studies Minor >

The minor in film studies provides you with an opportunity to study the history, theory, criticism, cultural uses, aesthetics, and production practices of cinema. The courses are designed to help meet the new challenges you will encounter as citizens and workers in the information age and to learn how to analyze and engage critically with the visual media that has become a fixture of contemporary life. This curriculum complements a wide range of liberal arts majors by teaching students textual analysis, critical thinking, and writing skills.

Courses in the minor will address cinema within its social, political and cultural contexts including an understanding of how race, ethnicity, gender, religion and class are constructed through the cinematic image. Courses taken towards the minor must come from at least three different prefixes (ART, COMM, ENGL, ETHN, FORL, GERM, MPRD, RELI, RUSS, SOCI, SPAN, or POLS). Courses designated as Special Topics only count toward the minor when taught as film studies. Other appropriate courses may be considered for inclusion as electives change or upon review by the coordinator.

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Why Study Film?

Check out film minor Charli McKee’s video essay and Randall Martoccia’s film minor video for a taste of what you can do with film studies.

Charli McKee
Randall Martoccia

Linguistics Minor

Undergraduate Catalog’s Linguistics Minor >

The minor in linguistics provides you with an opportunity to study the background of linguistic theory, the applications of language and its theory in the learning and teaching of second or foreign languages, and the social and cultural uses of language in society and communication. This curriculum complements a wide range of liberal arts majors by promoting critical thinking, cultural awareness and analysis, and communication skills. Additionally, the minor in linguistics will better prepare you to pursue different professional and/or graduate careers in related fields, including but not limited to Speech and Language Pathology, English and Second/Foreign Language instruction, and Psychology.

Students taking this interdisciplinary minor in linguistics will be asked to establish connections between a wide variety of classes. Students in the minor will benefit from course offerings of different departments and schools, including English, Anthropology, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Communication, and Communication Sciences and Disorders.


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Program Coordinator
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