Minor in Writing

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 writing minor will:

  • obtain a strong background in theoretical perspectives and practices of writing and rhetoric, as well as reading;
  • be able to select additional writing courses in a variety of areas of interest;
  • 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;
  • be better positioned to succeed as writers in their future professional and personal endeavors.
Required Courses
ENGL 340 [WI] Classic Rhetoric3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
WRIT 312The Practice of Professional Writing3.0
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
or ANTH 350 Anthropology of Language
or PHIL 305 Communication Ethics
Reading Courses
Select one of the following:3.0
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Post-Colonial Literature I
Post-Colonial Literature II
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
The Peer Reader in Context
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
Teaching Writing Grades 4-8
Language Arts Processes
Classic Rhetoric
Communication Ethics *
Political Communication
Psychology of Language
Writing in Practice Courses
Select two of the following:6.0
Fundamentals of Journalism
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Science Writing
Electronic Publishing
Food Writing for Culinary Professionals
Retail Image Analysis
Style and the Media
Playwriting I
Playwriting II
Screenwriting I
Screenwriting II
TV Comedy Practicum
TV Drama Practicum
TV News Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Special Topics in Writing
Writing About the Media
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing in Cyberspace
Total Credits24.0

 

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Courses marked with an asterisk are also listed as options for the 4th required course for the minor. A student who elects to take one of these courses may not count it twice (once as a required course and once as an elective). For example, a student who chooses to take Anthropology 350, "Anthropology of Language," as a required course may not take it again as one of the electives; however, this student could take Philosophy 305, "Communication Ethics," as an elective.


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