The minor in writing and rhetoric provides students with opportunities to learn and apply advanced strategies for writing academic, professional, and civic documents. Students examine the theoretical, interdisciplinary, and professional aspects of writing and develop their expository, persuasive, organizational, and stylistic skills through close analysis of rhetorical situations and the features and approaches of successful writing. The strong communication and analytical skills developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education.
The minor in writing and rhetoric is a valuable asset for students interested in working in media organizations, trade and professional associations, and non-profit organizations related to the arts, schools, and social change. It is also beneficial to students interested in careers in business, science, engineering, accounting, and many others that demand strong writing and communication skills for promotion and advancement.
Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2013-2014)
In addition to meeting the following requirements, students must meet the university requirements for all minors.
Students pursuing this minor must complete 15 credits of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00.
One required course (3 credits)
ENGH 380 - Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3
One core course (3 credits) chosen from:
Three elective courses (9 credits)
Students may choose all three electives in ENGH or optionally take one elective course (3 credits) from outside the department.
Three elective ENGH courses (9 credits) chosen from:
ENGH 375 - Web Authoring and Design Credits: 3
ENGH 382 - Writing Nonfiction Genres Credits: 3
ENGH 384 - Writing Ethnography Credits: 3
ENGH 386 - Editing for Audience, Style, and Voice Credits: 3
ENGH 388 - Professional and Technical Writing Credits: 3
ENGH 459 - Writing Nonfiction for Publication Credits: 1-3
ENGH 486 - Writing Nonfiction for Publication Credits: 3
ENGH 488 - Topics in Writing and Rhetoric Credits: 3
Two elective ENGH courses (6 credits) and one (3 credits) from outside the department chosen from:
Students choose two courses from list above and one from list below.
AVT 395 - Writing for Artists Credits: 3
CHSS 390 - Peer Tutoring in Writing across the Disciplines Credits: 1 (take 3 times)
COMM 303 - WRiting across the Media Credits: 3
COMM 320 - Business and Professional Communciation Credits: 3
NCLC 349 - Writing for Multimedia Credits: 4
Total: 15 credits
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.