The purpose of the English minor with emphasis in literature is to provide Troy University's students with an academic program in which they can develop their knowledge and appreciation of English and American literature, build a systematic knowledge of the language and its history, and augment their skills in writing formal English. Some of the tangible goals sought in the program include:
Building a strong foundation in the grammar and syntax of the English and American
Gaining vocabulary adequate to self-expression on a wide array of topics;
Developing a well-practiced command of research and documentation procedures;
Acquiring a solid grasp of the periods of British and American literary history and a direct knowledge of the most influential authors and texts that comprise the "canon" of British and American literature;
Forming an understanding of the genres, themes, and other discrete elements that comprise the study of literature.