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Minor in Writing
Effective Fall 2014
The Minor in Writing is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in developing their disciplinary and professional writing abilities while pursuing concentrations across the liberal arts and sciences. This minor complements students' primary course of study by promoting discipline-specific writing competence, expertise in new media, and rhetorical awareness across a range of genres and modes. This minor is particularly advantageous for students who may already be completing writing-related coursework (or have an interest in completing such coursework) and wishes to earn a credential that certifies their writing expertise to prospective employers and graduate programs.
Students completing the Minor in Writing develop an electronic portfolio of the writing they produce throughout their undergraduate career. The e-portfolio provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their development as writers, demonstrate their proficiency in visual rhetoric and new media writing, and showcase their writing abilities. Students have the opportunity to create an e-portfolio in WRITING 220 and another one in WRITING 420 that builds on the skills they've acquired.
Students who complete the Minor in Writing will demonstrate the ability to:
- Produce complex and well-supported arguments that matter in academic contexts.
- Use flexible strategies for organizing, revising, and proofreading writing of varying lengths and genres.
- Identify and implement rhetorical choices responsive to the demands of specific genres, audiences, and rhetorical situations, both academic and non-academic.
- Compose in a variety of modes, including a range of new media.
- Identify the expectations that characterize writing in their concentration, and use this knowledge to write effectively in a range of genres in that discipline.
- Use meta-language regarding writing processes, rhetorical choices, genre expectations, and disciplinary discourse to discuss writing-in-progress and writing development over time.
- Collaborate with other writers to improve writing-in-progress and produce co-authored documents.
Prerequisites to the Minor:
Students must have satisfied the First-Year Writing Requirement with a final grade of C or higher, have declared a major by the end of the term they apply to the Minor in Writing, and have at least three full terms remaining in their program. Transfer students who satisfy the FYWR with a transfer course approved by Sweetland will need to show proof of receiving a grade of C or higher.
Students must apply to and be accepted by the Sweetland Center for Writing to be declared in the minor. Students must be able to enroll in WRITING 220 in their first term in the minor.
Requirements for the Minor:
At least 15 credits of courses. Students must complete the following courses, with an average minimum GPA of 3.3 for courses applied toward the minor:
- WRITING 220: Introduction to the Minor in Writing (3), which must be taken in the student’s first full semester after being accepted into the minor.
- One of the following courses:
- WRITING 200: New Media Writing (only when taken for 3 credits)
- ENGLISH 225: Academic Argumentation (4)
- ENGLISH 229: Professional Writing (4)
- ENGLISH 325: Art of the Essay (3)
- One Upper-Level Writing Requirement course in the major, which may also satisfy a requirement for the major (3-4)
- One additional Upper-Level Writing Requirement course which cannot satisfy a requirement for the major (3-4)
- WRITING 420: Minor in Writing Capstone (3)
Admission Policies and Application Procedures
Applications will be considered twice a year, in March and October. Students must apply to and be accepted by the Sweetland Center for Writing in order to declare the Minor in Writing.
Requirements for the application:
- Applicants must have completed their First-Year Writing Requirement with a final grade of C or higher. Transfer students who completed the FYWR with a transfer course approved by Sweetland will need to show proof of receiving a grade of C or higher.
- Applicants must have at least three full terms remaining in their program.
- Applicants must be able to enroll in WRITING 220 in their first semester in the Minor.
Materials for application:
- Completed application form available on Sweetland’s website
- Letter of interest
- Writing sample from any college course
- Unofficial U-M transcript (available through Wolverine Access)
Admissions process and criteria:
- Submit all materials by the posted deadline. The admission process is competitive and space is limited.
- Application materials are reviewed by a committee of Sweetland faculty, who make admissions recommendations based upon the quality of the writing sample, the reasons given for applying to the minor and student’s overall academic performance.
- Students are notified of the decision via email prior to the beginning of registration.
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