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STEM in Literature and Culture Minor

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The STEM in Literature and Culture minor uses the medium of literature to take on social issues and ethical dilemmas specifically related to fields in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. Students consider the philosophical and emotional challenges and opportunities that define what it means to be “human,” analyze complex life questions, think imaginatively, and express their insights through writing and public speaking.

STEM majors benefit from this minor by gaining understanding of the particular English studies methods (literature, rhetoric, performance) that enhance their scientific, medical, engineering, and mathematical knowledge, both substantively and expressively.

Requirements for a STEM in Literature and Culture Minor

All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the minor requires 18 credits*.

Note: Students majoring in English may not use credits applied toward the major toward the minor in STEM in Literature and Culture. 

A. Two core courses (6 credits):

  • EGL 130: Science, Technology and Literature
  • EGL 250: Introduction to English Studies for STEM Majors

B. Two of the following courses (6 credits):

  • EGL 319: Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
  • EGL 370: Literature and Ethics
  • EGL 389: Science Fiction
  • EGL 394: Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies of Science and Technology

C. One of the following EGL elective courses (3 credits):

  • EGL 210: Literature, Medicine, and Ethics
  • EGL 290: What is Public Health? A Humanities Approach
  • EGL 303: Genre or Media (e.g. Science Literacy)
  • EGL 375: Literature in English in Relation to Other Disciplines
  • EGL 381: Advanced Analytic and Argumentative Writing
  • EGL 390: Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies

D. One of the following elective courses (3 credits):

*The English Department Undergraduate Program Director may make discretionary substitutions for these courses.