About the Minor

The Minor in Writing is designed for any undergraduate student who is interested in developing his or her disciplinary and professional writing abilities. This academic minor complements students' primary course of study by encouraging students to produce work that synthesizes or transcends disciplines, as well as examining rhetorical awareness across a range of genres and modes. This academic minor is particularly advantageous for students who wish to complement a major area of study with sustained work in writing that can be recognized by a credential certifying their writing expertise to prospective employers and graduate programs.

Applications are accepted 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.

Info Session (Thursday, October 16th, 5-6:30pm, Michigan Union, Parker Room, 2nd Floor)
Application Deadline (Noon, Monday, October 27th, 1310 North Quad)

Program Requirements for the Minor

Prerequisites: Students must have satisfied the First-Year Writing Requirement with a final grade of C or higher, 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.

Minor In Writing Program: 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 academic minor:

  1. WRITING 220: Introduction to the Minor in Writing: (3) - gateway course, which must be completed in the students’ first semester in the Minor
  2. One of the following courses:
    • ENGLISH 225: Academic Argumentation (4), or
    • ENGLISH 229: Professional Writing (4), or
    • ENGLISH 325: Art of the Essay (3), or
    • WRITING 200: New Media Writing (3)
  3. One Upper-Level Writing Requirement course in major, which may also satisfy a major requirement (3-4)
  4. One additional Upper-Level Writing Requirement course, which cannot fulfill a major requirement (3-4)
  5. WRITING 420: Minor in Writing Capstone (3) - capstone course

Note: No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor. In addition, only one minor requirement may be shared with a major requirement.

Eportfolios: Students completing the Minor in Writing are required to develop an electronic portfolio (eportfolio) of the writing they produce throughout their undergraduate career. The eportfolio provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their development as writers, demonstrate their proficiency in visual rhetoric, and showcase their writing abilities. Students have the opportunity to create an eportfolio in WRITING 220 and then another one in WRITING 420 that builds on the skills they've acquired.

Minor in Writing Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Undergraduate 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 major, 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.