Minors and Certificates


English Minor Checklist click here
1. The core introductory literature course ENG-L 202: Literary Interpretation (3 hrs.)
2. One of the following literary survey or theory courses: (3 hrs.)

  • ENG-E 301: Literatures in English to 1600 
  • ENG-E 302: Literatures in English 1600-1800
  • ENG-E 303: Literatures in English 1800-1900
  • ENG-E 304: Literatures in English 1900-Present
  • ENG-L 350: Early American Writing and Culture to 1800
  • ENG-L 351: American Literature 1800-1865
  • ENG-L 352: American Literature 1865-1914 
  • ENG-L 354: American Literature since 1914
  • ENG-L 371: Critical Practices  

3. Three additional English courses chosen from any that count toward the major, two of which must be 300-level or above (9 hrs.)


Creative Writing Minor Checklist click here
1. The core introductory creative writing course ENG-W 203: Creative Writing (3 hrs.)
2. The core introductory literature course ENG-L 202:Literary Interpretation (3 hrs.)

3. One 300-level or 400-level writing workshop (3 hrs.): 

  • ENG-W301: Fiction Writing  
  • ENG-W303: Poetry Writing
  • ENG-W401: Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENG-W403: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENG-W302: Screenwriting
  • ENG-W311: Creative Nonfiction

4. One of the following creative writing courses (3 hrs.):

  • ENG-A 190: Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity
  • ENG-A 399: Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity
  • ENG-W 301: Fiction Writing
  • ENG-W 303: Poetry Writing
  • ENG-W 401: Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENG-W 403: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENG-W302: Screenwriting
  • ENG-W 311: Creative Nonfiction 
  • or any other creative writing course approved by the advisor for the creative writing minor 

5. One of the following literary survey courses (3 hrs.):

  • ENG-E 301: Literatures in English to 1600
  • ENG-E 302: Literatures in English 1600-1800
  • ENG-E 303: Literatures in English 1800-1900
  • ENG-E 304: Literatures in English 1900-Present
  • ENG-L 350: Early American Writing and Culture to 1800
  • ENG-L 351: American Literature 1800-1865
  • ENG-L 352: American Literature 1865-1914 
  • ENG-L 354: American Literature since 1914
  • or 300-level or above literature course approved by the advisor for the creative writing minor.


English majors may minor in Creative Writing if they choose the literature concentration in the major.  In place of the ENG-L 202 requirement for the minor, English majors take any creative writing course.  In addition, they have the option to substitute another creative writing course for the literary survey requirement of the minor

Clayton Michaels is the Advisor for the Creative Writing Minor


Film Studies Minor checklist click here

Concentration Requirements:

Five of the following courses or other courses as designated in the Schedule of Classes are required. The minor or associate degree may include up to 6 credit hours at the 100-level. In addition, students seeking to apply a course with a more comprehensive theme to the minor should be able to show that a major portion of their work, such as a term paper or similar assignment, dealt directly with a Film Studies topic. The Film Studies Committee will review applications for substitutions.

  • CMLT-C190 An Introduction to Film
  • CMLT-C293 History of the Motion Picture I: Origins to WWII
  • CMLT-C294 History of the Motion Picture II: WWII to the Present
  • CMLT-C297 Film Genres
  • CMLT-C310 Film Adaptations
  • CMLT-C395 The Documentary
  • ENG-W250 Writing in Context: Women in U.S. Films
  • ENG-W260 Film Criticism
  • ENG-W302 Screenwriting
  • GER-G370 Introduction to German Film: From Berlin to Hollywood
  • HIST-H225 Special Topics in History: American History through Film
  • SPAN-S411 Spanish Culture and Civilization


Click here for the Area Certificate in Professional Writing brochure

Our program offers introductory and in-depth courses that prepare students for the types of writing they will encounter within and outside of the university. Our program places strong emphasis on writing in a variety of contexts, on writing for multiple audiences, on incorporating multimedia current in the field and on collaboration and community service.

An IU-South Bend Area Certificate in Professional Writing will help you become a more conifdent writer and prepare you for a professional career. The certificate offers opportunities to:

  • Create professional documents used in the workplace
  • Develop your document design skills
  • Enhance your document writing skills
  • Strengthen your editing skills
  • Identify language strategy for compelling written arguments
  • Promote collaborative thinking to enhance professional interactions
  • Produce a professional resume, cover letter, and other application materials that target specific career choices and will help you stand out in the job maket 


Registration is easy and only takes a few minutes. To officially declare an Area Certificate in Professional Writing, please see Paul Foltz in DW 3300B to fill out the paperwork. He can be reached by email: or phone: (574) 520-4537. If you have any questions, please contact the Professional Writing Committee Chair, Dr. Jackie Collins, via email: 


  • A grade of C or above is required in W131 or the equivalent before a student can gain entry into the program.
  • Students need to officially declare the Certificate in Professional Writing before earning credits in the second or third tier.
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in certificate courses to attain the Professional Writing Certificate.

Professional Writing Certifcate Courses:

The student should complete 12 credit hours from the following courses:

First Tier - Mandatory courses: Students should choose at least three courses and may choose up to five courses from this tier.

  • ENG-W231: Professional Writing Skills
  • ENG-W232: Introduction to Business Writing 
  • ENG-W250: Writing in Context
  • ENG-W315: Writing for the Web
  • ENG-W367: Writing for Multiple Media

Second Tier - Optional courses: Students should choose no more than two courses from this tier.

  • JOUR-J 341: Newspaper Reporting
  • JOUR-J 351: Newspaper Editing
  • TEL-T211: Writing for the Electronic Media
  • ENG-W270: Argumentative Writing

Third Tier - Optional courses: Students should choose no more than one course from this tier.

  • ENG-W260: Film Criticism
  • ENG-W350: Advanced Expository Writing
  • ENG-W301: Writing Fiction
  • JOUR-J410: Media as Social Institutions

Professional Writing Committee:

Jackie Collins, Chair
DW 3142 

Rebecca Brittenham
DW 3129

Smiljka Cubelic
DW 3125

Erinn Kelley
DW 3146 

Joanne Detlef
AI 116