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2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Writing Minor

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The Writing Minor advances the knowledge, competencies and values of rhetoric and writing disciplines. It provides an opportunity for concentrated study and practice of writing for different purposes and in different contexts. The Writing Minor complements all majors.


Requirements (15 credits):

Students who opt to minor in Writing must have completed RHET 1020  with a minimum grade of B-.

To fulfill the 15 credit hours for the Writing Minor, students take the following:

Foundation course for each emphasis area:
• Writing in the Creative Genres: ECLT 370/3070 - Creative Writing (3 cr.)  Required
• Writing in the Academic/Professional Genres: RHET 320/3210 - Business Communication (3 cr.)  Suggested

Additional Requirements (12 credits total):
• 6-9 credits in one emphasis area
• 3 credits in the other emphasis area, and
• 0-3 credits in either emphasis area of their choice.

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 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

Courses in this area cultivate creative thought and facility in expression, 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.

B. Writing in the Academic/Professional Genres

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.


Selected Topics and Independent Study

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

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