Minor Requirements

A minor in Writing, Media and Performance Studies, or Literature can enhance and complement study in a variety of areas, especially communications, history, political science, business, and psychology. However, students can choose to complete a minor in English regardless of their fields of study. Students majoring in Liberal Studies can also choose English as a concentration. Learn more about our minors here!


The study of literature deepens students’ understanding of the moral questions at the center of human experience and of our shared humanity across cultures and across time. Marymount’s minor develops students’ range of experience and cultural understanding by examining texts that represent a variety of points of view and historical perspectives. It also provides students with valuable skills in writing, analysis, and critical thinking.

Minor Requirements (Effective Fall 2017)
The English minor requires a total of eighteen credits.
  • EN 200 Elements of Literary Study 
  • EN 290 Literary Theory and Practice 
  • Six credits from EN 201 through EN 230
  • Six credits from EN courses numbered 321 or above


Writing is a fundamental skill in today's world, and the writing minor will help prepare students for professional careers and/or graduate education in a variety of fields. The minor develops students' persuasive, stylistic, creative, and analytical skills through an examination of the characteristics of successful writing, along with the implementation of successful writing strategies in multiple modes and genres.

Minor Requirements (Effective Fall 2017)
The Writing minor requires a total of eighteen credits.
  • EN 301 The Writing Process: Theory and Practice
  • EN 308 Style and Revision
  • Twelve additional credits from the following courses:
    • COMM 209 Journalism Contemporary
    • COMM 302 Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques
    • COMM 315 Writing for Digital Media
    • EN 211 Principles of Language
    • EN 270 Approaches to Creative Writing
    • EN 303 Literary Nonfiction
    • EN 305 Topics in Creative Writing (may be taken more than once for credit)

Media and Performance Studies

The media and performance studies minor provides an interdisciplinary examination of film, video, television, multimedia, and Web 2.0 texts with a primary emphasis on textual interpretation and theory and a secondary focus on production. The program seeks to improve student fluency with media, both for academic and commercial applications, in order to enhance students' understanding of their major disciplinary field. Students will apply their interdisciplinary knowledge through a capstone project that results in a creative presentation, documentary, or ethnographic visual text, or other multimedia production.

Minor Requirements
The Media and Performance Studies minor requires a total of twenty-one credits.
  • IS 240 or EN 240 Introduction to Film and Visual Studies
  • GMD 404 Performance Media Lab
  • Nine (9) credits (6 outside the student’s major) from the following:
    • EN 207 Theater History
    • EN/IS 220 The Movie or the Book?
    • EN 321 Modern Drama
    • EN 429 Topics in Performance
    • FA 380 Movements in Modern Art
  • Six (6) additional credits outside the student’s major from the following:
    • COMM 204 Video Production: Multimedia Communication
    • EN 212 Topics in Acting
    • EN 270 Approaches to Creative Writing
    • EN 305 Topics in Creative Writing
    • FA 103 Two-Dimensional Design
    • FA 110 Cross-Cultural Visual Thinking
    • FA 395 Advanced Studio
    • GMD 202 Illustration I
    • GMD 203 Digital Photography
    • GMD 205 Video Production: Promotional and Informational Communication
    • GMD 308 Web and Social Media Design
    • GMD 404 Performance Media Lab