English / Undergraduate Study

Literature and Environment Minor

The Literature and Environment minor provides students with both a solid foundation for literary interpretation and a superstructure that integrates those skills and perspectives with the questions about the past, present, and future of the biosphere. It is designed for undergraduate students who wish to enhance their major program with intensive study of literature in its relationship to the natural environment, while improving their skills in reading, writing, creative and critical thinking, and analysis of complex situations in an ethical frame. The minor examines how different cultural forms (for example, fiction, journalism, poetry, film, design, and other arts) represent environmental issues, including biodiversity, animal studies, wilderness, food, urban ecologies, postcolonial ecologies, environmental justice, and climate change.

To enter the minor, students must be in good academic standing with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better and have completed English 10A with a grade of C or better. Students must file a petition to declare the minor by meeting with a student affairs officer in the Undergraduate Counseling Office, 158/160 Humanities Building, 310-825-1389. For more information, see the minor website.

Required Lower-Division Courses (10 units): English 10B and M30 (or M30SL), with grades of C or better.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 to 23 units): (1) English 118E and either course M118F or one additional 118E course on a different topic or one other English course that has a primary focus on environmental issues to be selected from a list available in the Undergraduate Counseling Office prior to the opening of enrollment each term (students may petition to substitute other courses), (2) one course selected from American Indian Studies C178, Anthropology 133, 166P, Art History 133D, 133E, C145A, Chicana and Chicano Studies M144, M183, Honors Collegium 141, 174, Italian 124, Public Policy C115, Russian 122, Urban Planning 120, or 121, (3) one course selected from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 141, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 101, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 116, M131, 154, 176, Environment M109, M111, M130, M132, M133, 134, M137, 150, M153, 157, 159, M161, 163, M164, 166, M167, or Environmental Health Sciences 100, (4) one course selected from English 184, 195CE, 197, 198A, 198B, or 199 that culminates in a project focused primarily on literature from an ecocritical or other environmentally focused perspective.

Students may petition to substitute an internship course/independent study/directed research course (195CE, 197, 198, or 199) for an elective course as long as it is clearly and predominantly relevant to the topics covered in the minor and falls within the discipline of the requirement for which it serves as a substitute. No more than one upper-division independent study/directed research course (4 or 5 units) may be applied toward the minor.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.