Declaration of a minor is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school. Students can earn a minor in English literature with 6 courses in English, half of which must be upper division. Students majoring in English (literature or creative writing track) cannot declare a literature and cultural studies minor. Students are subject to those minor requirements in effect at the time they formally declare the minor.


Completion of the minor requires 18 credit hours with grades of C- or better, at least 9 of which must be upper division.

Students may not apply creative writing courses toward the literature minor, with the exception of ENGL 1191 Introduction to Creative WritingENGL 3041 Studies in Fiction and Poetry also may not be applied. 

Students must maintain at least a 2.00 (C) GPA in all CU Boulder ENGL courses.

Students may apply no more than 9 credit hours of transfer work, including no more than 6 upper-division credit hours, towards a minor. This is a college residency rule for an 18-credit-hour minor.

There are no course distribution requirements for a minor in Literature and Cultural Studies. However, for a well-rounded course of study, the English Department recommends a course distribution as follows:

  • ENGL 2102 Literary Analysis 
  • One course in studies of race, ethnicity, disability, gender and sexuality
  • One course in Medieval and Early Modern period or one course in 18th- or 19th-century literature