Minor in Writing

About the Minor

The Minor in Writing invites students from all disciplines to develop their writing skills and further their abilities to think critically and creatively by encouraging them to make connections beyond the scope of their discipline. 

Students who complete the Minor in Writing will:

  • be better positioned to succeed as writers in their future professional and personal endeavors;
  • obtain a strong background in theoretical perspectives and practices of writing and rhetoric, as well as reading;
  • achieve a better understanding of writing within their major fields of study;
  • gain significant practice and experience in writing in many genres and rhetorical modes.

All prospective students should meet with an advisor from the College as soon as possible.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
or ANTH 350 Anthropology of Language
or PHIL 305 Ethics and the Media
or WRIT 200 Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar
ENGL 340 [WI] Classical Rhetoric3.0
or WRIT 210 The Peer Reader in Context
or WRIT 400 Writing for -- and about -- the Web
or WRIT 212 Argument and Rhetoric
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
WRIT 312 [WI] Writing for Target Audiences3.0
or WRIT 315 Writing for Social Change
Reading Courses
Select one of the following:3.0
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Survey of World Literature
Post-Colonial Literature
American Literature I
American Literature II
African American Literature
British Literature I
British Literature II
Readings in Fiction
Readings in Poetry
Readings in Drama
Critical Reasoning
Public Opinion & Propaganda
Forms Seminar
Theoretical Perspectives on Writing Courses
Select one of the following:3.0
Media Anthropology
Anthropology of Language *
Intellectual Property Theft in the Digital Age
Qualitative Research Methods
Ethnography of Communication
Early Literacy I
Language Arts Processes
Classical Rhetoric *
Ethics and the Media *
Political Communication
Psychology of Language
Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar
The Peer Reader in Context *
Advanced Composition
Argument and Rhetoric
“Mistakes Were Made”: Truth, Writing, and Responsibility
Writing in Practice Courses
Select two of the following:6.0
Introduction to Journalism
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Science Writing
Digital Publishing
Food Writing
Retail Image Analysis
Style and the Media
Playwriting I
Playwriting II
Screenwriting I
Screenwriting II
TV Comedy Practicum
TV Drama Practicum
TV News Writing
Story Medicine
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Writing in Public Spaces
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Life is Beautiful
Writing About the Media
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing and Reading the Memoir
Writing for Social Change
Writing for -- and about -- the Web *
Internship in Publishing
Special Topics in Writing
Special Topics in Writing
Special Topics in Writing
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Total Credits24.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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