Critical & Cultural Theory

The Critical & Cultural Theory Minor is excellent preparation for graduate school in the humanities and social sciences, and it can enhance the quality of one’s undergraduate experience and one’s life outside the university. The core course, English 3331, Thinking Theoretically, focuses specifically on the skills of critical thinking. The electives work with foundational texts of many disciplines and train students in the ways that theories function to organize and advance knowledge about the world and of how human beings interact with the world. It helps students develop the tools for the thoughtful examination of culture and its various constructions, from social structures to political processes to various kinds of art objects. The minor crosses a wide variety of disciplines, such as African and African-American Studies, Anthropology, Comparative Studies, Economics, English, Geography, History of Art, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Official minor sheet [pdf]


  • Complete the 3- credit core course (English 3331)
  • Complete at least one 3-credit course from each of the three broad categories of the minor: Disciplinary Theory, Theory in Practice, Transdisciplinary Theory.
  • Complete an additional 3 hours from any listed category, all at the 3000 level or above, including the optional capstone course, Arts Sci 4531.

Additional Requirements

  • A student is permitted to count up to 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination.
  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • The minor must contain a minimum of 12 hours distinct from the major and/or additional minor(s).
  • Minimum C- for a course to be counted on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor.
  • Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of course work graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor