The Writing Minor advances the knowledge, competencies, and values of rhetoric and writing disciplines, providing an opportunity for concentrated study and practice of writing for different purposes and in different contexts. It complements all majors.
Writing Minor Genres
- Writing in the creative genres includes courses that help cultivate creative thought through writing, using language in an imaginative way.
Students who select this area of emphasis will study, practice and work toward mastery in several creative genres of writing, including the following: narrative nonfiction, autobiography, travel writing, fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. They will read theory, and practice the conventions of these genres, consider ethical concerns raised in the genres, develop critical mastery of the creative genres, and produce a substantial capstone project demonstrating significant growth in writing in a chosen creative genre.
- Writing in the academic/professional genres with courses to strengthen communication skills in preparation for a variety of careers.
Courses in this area strengthen writing and communication skills in preparation for a variety of careers. Students who select this area of emphasis will focus on the social power of writing and will work toward professional competency in the fields of business, science, civil and academic communications. They will read within and practice the conventions of these fields of communication and will reflect upon ethical and critical standards enforced or called into question by these practices.
- There are also selected topics that may fit into either track, depending on the topic of the course being offered.
- Writing Minor courses may be double-counted for Core Curriculum credit at the secondary and capstone levels, consistent with the rules and policies of the Core Curriculum. Students who have already taken any of the 3000/4000-level rhetoric and writing courses as electives or core courses may count credits retroactively.
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