About the Minor

The Minor in Writing is designed to help undergraduate students develop their writing abilities in a number of modes, including everything from traditional writing projects like disciplinary papers or professional writing, to more creative projects like multimedia writing or short stories. Students can make use of what they have learned in their major and other courses within their writing projects for the minor, as well as explore new ways of writing that they might not otherwise encounter. While the academic minor, like all programs, has a set number of requirements, there is much room for flexibility and freedom within those requirements.

This academic minor is useful for any undergraduate student who is looking for the freedom to design writing projects that may not exist in his or her major.

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 (Wednesday, October 14th 5-6:30 @ Michigan Union - Wolverine Room)
Application Deadline (Noon, Monday, October 26th, Sweetland Offices, 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.