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Minor in STEM in Literature and Culture

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The minor in STEM in Literature and Culture 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 methods of English studies (literature, rhetoric, performance) that enhance their scientific, medical, engineering, and mathematical knowledge, both substantively and expressively.


Completion of the minor requires 18 credits.* Students majoring in English may not use credits applied toward the major to apply toward the minor in STEM in Literature and Culture. 

The two following core courses (6 credits):

  • EGL 130: Science, Technology and Literature
  • EGL 250: Introduction to English Studies for STEM Majors
  • Two 300-level EGL courses selected from the following four 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

One EGL elective (200 or 300 level course) selected from the following (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

One Elective Outside EGL, selected from the following (3 credits):

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

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