Minors

  • English minor (prior to Fall 2009)


    The minor in English for students prior to Fall 2009 requires 28 units, or seven courses, including at least two introductory courses (among ENGL 261, 262, and 263) and at least four upper-division courses. Among upper-division courses, one must be in literature written before 1800 and one in American literature. An English minor may enroll in no more than two creative writing workshops.

  • English minor (Fall 2009 and later)


    The minor in English for students effective Fall 2009 requires 20 units (5 courses) from 4 categories. Note that students must be advised to take the necessary pre-requisites, even if this requirement results in a total of more than 20 units.

    Two courses from ENGL 261, 262 or 263
    ENGL 261 English Literature to 1800
    ENGL 262 English Literature since 1800
    ENGL 263 American Literature

    One pre-1900 course
    ENGL 420 English Literature of the Middle Ages (1100-1500)
    ENGL 421 English Literature of the 16th Century
    ENGL 422 English Literature of the 17th Century
    ENGL 423 English Literature of the 18th Century (1660-1780)
    ENGL 424 English Literature of the Romantic Age (1780-1832)
    ENGL 425 English Literature of the Victorian Age (1832-1890)
    ENGL 430 Shakespeare
    ENGL 461 English Drama to 1800
    ENGL 465 The English Novel to 1800
    ENGL 466 The 19th-Century English Novel
    ENGL 469 Women in English Literature before 1800

    One American Literature course
    ENGL 440 American Literature to 1865
    ENGL 441 American Literature, 1865 to 1920
    ENGL 442 American Literature, 1920 to the Present
    ENGL 445m The Literatures of America: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
    ENGL 446 African-American Poetry and Drama ENGL 447m African-American Narrative
    ENGL 448m Chicano and Latino Literature (Enroll in AMST 448m)
    ENGL 449m Asian American Literature (Enroll in AMST 449m)
    ENGL 451 Periods and Genres in American Literature

    One upper-division elective: any 400-level course in the English course catalogue, including creative writing courses, or ENGL 303 or 304
    ENGL 303 Introduction to Fiction Writing
    ENGL 304 Introduction to Poetry Writing

  • Interdisciplinary minor in Early Modern Studies


    Have you ever read Shakespeare, and then wondered what was going on at the same time in France or Italy or Spain or the New World? Have you taken acting courses in Shakespeare, and wondered about Cervantes or Dante? Have you studied the paintings of the Renaissance, and wondered about the history or poetry of the time, or wanted to sing its glorious music? Now you can combine your English major (or minor) with the new Interdisciplinary Minor in Early Modern Studies.

    This minor brings together the resources of the Departments of English, History, and Art History to study the literatures and cultures of Europe and the Americas from the late medieval period to 1800. It draws upon courses from the Departments of French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, Philosophy, American Studies and Ethnicities, the Thornton School of Music, and the School of Theatre. The minor focuses on the interplay of literary and historical methodologies while promoting an area study in a wide context. The minor includes a senior seminar based on the resources of the Early Modern Studies Institute (a consortium between USC and the Huntington Library), which enables students to learn about current issues in this cross-disciplinary field and about research techniques employed to deal with those emergent issues.

    The minor requires 20 units (16 units must be upper division).

    As an example, a student already majoring in English might have the following program:

    • ENGL 261 English Literature to 1800 (Category 1, already part of the English major)
    • SPAN 352 The Transatlantic Golden Age: New Worlds Real and Imagined (Category 2)
    • AHIS 304 Italian Renaissance Art: Old Masters and Old Mistresses (Category 3)
    • HIST 470 The Spanish Inquisition in the Early Modern Hispanic World (Category 4)
    • ENGL/HIST/AHIS 497 Seminar in Early Modern Studies (Category 5)

    Register with the English Department to enroll in the minor, and then simply sign up for courses as you normally would. The mandatory senior seminar (cross-listed as ENGL/AHIS/HIST 497) is reserved for students in the Early Modern minor and you register for it through the English Department.

    REQUIREMENTS
    Choose one course (4 units) from each of the following five categories:

    1. Lower division requirement
    AHIS 230 Art and Culture in Early Modern Europe --Spring 2013
    ENGL 261 English Literature to 1800 -- Spring 2013
    HIST 103 The Emergence of Modern Europe --Spring 2013

    2. Literary studies
    ENGL 420 English Literature of the Middle Ages (1100-1500)
    ENGL 421 English Literature of the 16th Century --Spring 2013
    ENGL 422 English Literature of the 17th Century
    ENGL 423 English Literature of the 18th Century
    FREN 351 Early Modern French Cultures
    FREN 470 Readings in Medieval and Renaissance French Literature
    FREN 471 Readings in 17th Century French Literature
    FREN 472 Readings in 18th Century French Literature --Spring 2013
    ITAL 350 Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation
    ITAL 430 Readings in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
    ITAL 435 Ruins, Magic and Melancholy: Italian Literature 1600-1860
    SPAN 350 Cultural Cross-Currents of the Iberian Middle Ages
    SPAN 352 Transatlantic Golden Age: New Worlds Real & Imagined

    3. Historical analysis
    AHIS 304 Italian Renaissance Art: Old Masters and Old Mistresses
    AHIS 343 Renaissance Art --Spring 2013
    AHIS 344 Baroque Art
    AMST 446 Cultural Circuits in the Americas
    HIST 309 Britain and Ireland, 1100-1500 C.E.
    HIST 312 The Age of the French Revolution and Napoleon --Spring 2013
    HIST 316 The Renaissance
    HIST 325 Early Modern Britain
    HIST 331 The British Empire: 1588-1834
    HIST 410 The Age of Humanism and Reformation
    PHIL 320 History of Western Philosophy: Modern Period

    4. Case studies in Early Modern discourse and history
    AHIS 430 Studies in Renaissance Art
    AHIS 433 Studies in Medieval Art
    AHIS 453 Studies in Baroque Art
    AMST 373 History of the Mexican American --Spring 2013
    ENGL 430 Shakespeare
    ENGL 444 Native American Literature --Spring 2013
    ENGL 461 English Drama to 1800
    ENGL 465 The English Novel to 1800
    ENGL 469 Women in English Literature before 1800
    HIST 307 Women in Medieval Europe, c. 1000-1500
    HIST 318 Early American Indian History
    HIST 349 Colonial North America 1600-1760
    HIST 351 The American Revolution
    HIST 370 Spanish America, 1492-1821
    HIST 408 Everyday Life in Chaucer’s England
    HIST 470 The Spanish Inquisition in the Early Modern Hispanic World
    HIST 473 Colonial Latin America Seminar
    HIST 474 Colonial Latin America Gender and Women’s History
    ITAL 450 Dante
    MPEM 450 Collegium Workshop (Performance Early Music) --Spring 2013
    PHIL 421 Continental Rationalism
    PHIL 422 British Empiricism
    PHIL 423 The Critical Philosophy of Kant --Spring 2013
    SPAN 455 Picaresque Itineraries: Empire and Its Discontents
    SPAN 460 Don Quijote
    THTR 302 Shakespeare in His World --Spring 2013
    THTR 313 Comedy of Manners
    THTR 354 Acting Shakespeare
    THTR 380 Historical Approaches to Dance --Spring 2013

    5. Senior seminar in Early Modern Studies (ENGL/HIST/AHIS 497) --Spring 2013
    This interdisciplinary seminar uses the extensive resources of the Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) consortium at USC and at the Huntington Library to encourage engagement in current scholarship. It will be based each year on the public conference and speaker series established in advance by EMSI. Students will research in advance the topic areas announced by the speakers, attend sessions, and afterwards explore issues in seminar. Students will develop a research topic of their own that is timely in terms of this cross-disciplinary study and acquire research skills appropriate to their projects. The seminar will be taught each year by faculty from one of the participating departments.

  • REQUIREMENTS  - Fall 2012
    Choose one course (4 units) from each of the following five categories:

    1. Lower division requirement
    AHIS 230 Art and Culture in Early Modern Europe
    ENGL 261 English Literature to 1800 Fall 2012
    HIST 103 The Emergence of Modern Europe

    2. Literary studies
    ENGL 420 English Literature of the Middle Ages (1100-1500) Fall 2012
    ENGL 421 English Literature of the 16th Century
    ENGL 422 English Literature of the 17th Century
    ENGL 423 English Literature of the 18th Century
    FREN 351 Early Modern French Cultures Fall 2012
    FREN 470 Readings in Medieval and Renaissance French Literature
    FREN 471 Readings in 17th Century French Literature
    FREN 472 Readings in 18th Century French Literature
    ITAL 350 Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation
    ITAL 430 Readings in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
    ITAL 435 Ruins, Magic and Melancholy: Italian Literature 1600-1860
    SPAN 350 Cultural Cross-Currents of the Iberian Middle Ages
    SPAN 352 Transatlantic Golden Age: New Worlds Real & Imagined

    3. Historical analysis
    AHIS 304 Italian Renaissance Art: Old Masters and Old Mistresses
    AHIS 343 Renaissance Art
    AHIS 344 Baroque Art Fall 2012
    AMST 446 Cultural Circuits in the Americas
    HIST 309 Britain and Ireland, 1100-1500 C.E.
    HIST 312 The Age of the French Revolution and Napoleon
    HIST 316 The Renaissance
    HIST 325 Early Modern Britain Fall 2012
    HIST 331 The British Empire: 1588-1834 Fall 2012
    HIST 410 The Age of Humanism and Reformation
    PHIL 320 History of Western Philosophy: Modern Period Fall 2012

    4. Case studies in Early Modern discourse and history
    AHIS 430 Studies in Renaissance Art
    AHIS 433 Studies in Medieval Art
    AHIS 453 Studies in Baroque Art
    AMST 373 History of the Mexican American
    ENGL 430 Shakespeare Fall 2012
    ENGL 444 Native American Literature
    ENGL 461 English Drama to 1800 Fall 2012
    ENGL 465 The English Novel to 1800
    ENGL 469 Women in English Literature before 1800 Fall 2012
    HIST 307 Women in Medieval Europe, c. 1000-1500
    HIST 318 Early American Indian History
    HIST 349 Colonial North America 1600-1760 Fall 2012
    HIST 351 The American Revolution
    HIST 370 Spanish America, 1492-1821
    HIST 408 Everyday Life in Chaucer’s England
    HIST 470 The Spanish Inquisition in the Early Modern Hispanic World
    HIST 473 Colonial Latin America Seminar Fall 2012
    HIST 474 Colonial Latin America Gender and Women’s History
    ITAL 450 Dante
    MPEM 450 Collegium Workshop (Performance Early Music) Fall 2012
    PHIL 421 Continental Rationalism
    PHIL 422 British Empiricism
    PHIL 423 The Critical Philosophy of Kant
    SPAN 455 Picaresque Itineraries: Empire and Its Discontents
    SPAN 460 Don Quijote
    THTR 302 Shakespeare in His World
    THTR 313 Comedy of Manners Fall 2012
    THTR 354 Acting Shakespeare Fall 2012
    THTR 380 Historical Approaches to Dance

    5. Senior seminar in Early Modern Studies (ENGL/HIST/AHIS 497) Spring 2013
    This interdisciplinary seminar uses the extensive resources of the Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) consortium at USC and at the Huntington Library to encourage engagement in current scholarship. It will be based each year on the public conference and speaker series established in advance by EMSI. Students will research in advance the topic areas announced by the speakers, attend sessions, and afterwards explore issues in seminar. Students will develop a research topic of their own that is timely in terms of this cross-disciplinary study and acquire research skills appropriate to their projects. The seminar will be taught each year by faculty from one of the participating departments.


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