The English Minor

322 Wheeler Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1030
Main Office: (510) 642-3467
Fax: (510) 642-8738

Students may register for the English Minor once they have declared another major and completed one upper-division course in the English Department.  At that time, students should fill out a Minor Registration Card to be kept on file in the English Department Office.  After completing the 5 courses or during their final semester at UC Berkeley, students should complete the Completion of L&S Minor petition, have it reviewed by their major adviser and turn it in the English Department.  The Completion of L&S Minor petition can be found here:

Minor Adviser office hours can be found outside the English Department office or online at

English majors may not complete a minor in the English Department.

The Minor in English


  1. Declaration of a major
  2. Completion of one upper-division course in the English Department.


  1. The completion of 5 upper-division English Department courses taken for a letter grade.


    a)      With the approval of a Minor Adviser, students may take up to two courses outside the Berkeley English Department (e.g. in other departments, other academic institutions, and Education Abroad programs).  Students will submit a Petition for Approval of a Course Taken Outside the Department to a Minor Adviser.  This form can be found in the racks outside 319 Wheeler Hall.  The student’s request for course approval will include a course syllabus and a compelling intellectual rationale, one that explains how the student’s work for the English minor will be enriched through the inclusion of the particular outside course the student wishes to take.  There is no pre-approved list of courses.

    b)      Only one Summer Session course at UCB may be counted toward the minor.

    c)      Creative Writing courses in the English Department do not count toward the minor.  Students interested in Creative Writing should consult the Creative Writing Group Minor at

    d)      Only one course may overlap between a student’s major and minor.

    e)      A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in upper-division courses is required for the minor.

    f)       Work for the minor must be completed by the last day of the term you intend to graduate.