Declare a Minor

The Department of English offers five minors (Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies, Diverse Literatures and Cultural Studies, English, Linguistics, and Technical and Professional Writing). More information on the minor descriptions is provided below.

Current UNC Charlotte students who want to add a Minor in the Department of English:

  • Current students must have an overall UNC Charlotte GPA of 2.0

    (Will accept new incoming students that have not earned a GPA yet)
  • Must fill out this FORM (Please do not fill out the form more than once)

  • Please give the submission up to 10-15 days before you see the change reflected on your academic record.

Minor Descriptions

Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies (CLCS)

CLCS is an interdisciplinary minor which allows focuses on children’s literature as well as a range of other child-related fields of study, including child psychology, language acquisition, education, pediatric nursing, juvenile law, and the history and culture of childhood. Along with two non-literature courses, students in the minor are introduced to British, American, and Anglophone literature for young people, emphasizing historical context, diversity, language, media studies, iconography, childhood studies, creative writing, and the digital humanities. This minor pairs especially well with majors in English, Communications, Psychology, Computer Science, and History, as well as with Elementary, Secondary, and Theater Education. The applications for this growing field of study are practically limitless: students can use this material as parents, teachers, editors, writers, professors, therapists, lawyers, filmmakers, and as graphic and game designers to explore not just the humanities, but also almost any area of endeavor from STEM subjects to the fine arts.

Diverse Literatures and Cultural Studies (DLCS)

Students in the Diverse Literatures and Cultural Studies Minor will be able to complement their education by exploring some of the most important issues concerning cultural, national, racial, ethnic, religious, and other forms of diversity related to identity, gender and sexuality, disability, age, and socio-economic status. Combining courses offered in English as well as other areas, students are invited to follow their interests in a number of literary and cultural studies fields, expand their intellectual horizons, and become better prepared to be active participants in our increasingly diverse society.

English Minor (English Majors cannot minor in English)

Why consider an English minor? All college level degrees require advanced levels of literacy within their specific subject. But only one discipline, English, zeroes in on the skills of advanced literacy itself—the ability to read critically and write analytically. Because an English minor directly trains you in the skills of advanced reading and writing, it will necessarily enhance your success in literally any other college degree.


World wide, the language industry is among the leading employers after governments and armed forces. Large branches of industry require linguistic expertise, including automated translation, human-machine interfacing, data mining, localization, terminology extraction/standardization, trademarking, legal and diplomatic professions. Our linguistics minor is, correspondingly, interdisciplinary, and attracts students from different majors and colleges.

Technical/Professional Writing (TEPW)

Students in the technical/professional writing minor focus on writing in a variety of technical forms of discourse and engage in critical thinking and writing by developing their writing processes and producing a variety of communication. This minor emphasizes understanding technical/professional writing as critical awareness of texts and technologies enmeshed in technical, social, and political contexts. Through research, problem-solving, and theoretical discussions, students engage in recognizing the rhetorical character of technical and professional discourse with its multiple purposes and audiences. Such knowledge, including evaluating and integrating written, visual, and oral elements to create effective rhetorical strategies for all communication situations, grounds the 21st Century global citizen and provides field-specific expertise for developing and disseminating information required by ever-evolving discourse communities across disciplines.