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2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Writing Minor

The Minor in Writing introduces and advances the knowledge, understanding and value of rhetoric and writing disciplines at the university. It provides the opportunity for students to study and practice across disciplines of writing, from narrative nonfiction and creative writing, to business and technical writing, to approaches to academic inquiry.


Requirements (15 credits):

Students who opt to minor in Writing must have completed RHET 2010  with a minimum grade of B-.

To fulfill the 15 credits for the Minor in Writing, students take:

Required course for each emphasis area:

  • Writing in the Creative Genres:    (Creative Writing)
  • Business/Technical Writing:   (Business Communication)
  • Writing and Society:   (Effective Rhetoric: Discourse and Power)

Additional Requirements (12 credits total):

  • 6-9 credits in one emphasis area (Writing in the Creativity Genres, Business/ Technical Writing, or Writing and Society)
  • 3 credits in a second emphasis area, and
  • 0-3 credits in any area of their choice

Minor in Writing courses may be double-counted for:

  • Core Curriculum credit at the secondary level
  • Core Curriculum credit at the capstone level

Minor in Writing courses may NOT be double-counted for:

  • Primary Core requirement in Rhetoric and Composition (3-9 credits)
  • Major/Concentration credit

Students who have already taken any of the writing courses below as electives or Core courses (as described above) may count credits retroactively.

Course list by emphasis area:


A. Writing in the Creative Genres

Students who select this area of emphasis will practice and work toward mastery in several creative genres of writing, including the following: narrative nonfiction, autobiography, travel writing, fiction, poetry, playwriting and children’s literature. They will read within 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.

B. Business/Technical Writing

Students who select this area of emphasis will practice and work toward professional competency in the fields of business, science and technical communications, including the following: business writing, technical writing, proposal writing, and digital rhetoric. 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.


C. Writing and Society

Students who select this area will focus on the social power of writing: writing as a force in academic disciplines, writing and cognitive studies, and writing for publication in the various disciplines. Students learn how writing drives thought, genres, and the development of disciplines and consider ethical concerns raised through this practice.

Selected Topics and Independent Study

(Depending on ‘topic,’ these courses may fit in any of above ‘emphasis’ areas each course may be repeated for credit as long as the content differs each time it is taken.)