Minor in Writing

About the Minor

The Minor in Writing provides a foundation of advanced writing knowledge and practice while also allowing a focus on areas of writing you find most interesting, enjoyable, or relevant to your goals.

The Minor in Writing can help you:

  • develop rhetorical awareness and knowledge that will help you write and communicate successfully in new contexts
  • acquire writing habits and practices that will help you in college classes as well as in professional, civic, and personal life
  • write and think creatively and critically in a variety of genres
  • develop a portfolio of work that helps demonstrate your skill and experience as a writer
  • engage with ideas and modes of expression you care about and find rewarding

Choose from a selection of core courses, and then customize your experience in the minor by selecting one course from the Literacies and Theories category and three courses (or nine credits) from an extensive list of Writing Practices.

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

Program Requirements

Core Courses
Choose one from each pair:
WRIT 195Threshold Concepts in Writing3.0
or WRIT 200 Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar
WRIT 210 [WI] The Peer Reader in Context3.0
or WRIT 211 Advanced Composition
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
or WRIT 212 Argument and Rhetoric
WRIT 312 [WI] Writing for Target Audiences3.0
or WRIT 315 Writing for Social Change
Literacies and Readings
Choose one course focused on reading or learning about writing in a particular genre or context:3.0
Media Anthropology
Theory and Models of Communication
Qualitative Research Methods
Ethnography of Communication
Early Literacy I
Language Arts Processes
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
Introduction to Linguistics
Language and Society
Critical Reasoning
Ethics and the Media
Public Opinion & Propaganda
Political Communication
Threshold Concepts in Writing *
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
Forms Seminar
Writing Practices
Choose three courses that allow you to practice writing in specific genres or contexts:9.0
Introduction to Journalism
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Science Writing
Digital Publishing
Food Writing
Playwriting I
Playwriting II
Screenwriting I
Screenwriting II
TV Comedy Practicum
TV Drama Practicum
TV News Writing
Story Medicine
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Writing *
Writing in Public Spaces
The Writers Room Lab Credit
Writers Room Experience
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 Target Audiences *
Writing for Social Change *
Publishing Veterans’ Memoirs for the Library of Congress
Writing in Cyberspace: Writing for/about the Web *
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Internship in Publishing
Special Topics in Writing
Special Topics in Writing
Special Topics in Writing
Total Credits24.0

Courses marked with an asterisk are also listed as options for core courses for the minor. A student who elects to take one of these courses may not count it twice (once as a core course and once as an elective in the Literacies and Theories category or in the Writing Practices category). For example, a student who chooses to take WRIT 212 Argument and Rhetoric as a core course may not count it again as a Literacies and Theories course; however, this student could take WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing and count it as a Writing Practices course.

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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