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 academic 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 academic minor is particularly advantageous for students who may already be completing writing-related coursework (or have an interest in completing such coursework) and wish to earn a credential that certifies 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 (TBA Feb 2014)
Application Deadline (TBA Feb 2014)
Students completing the Minor in Writing are required to develop an electronic portfolio (e-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 showcase their writing abilities. These e-portfolios are created in the gateway course, WRITING 220 and finalized in the capstone course, WRITING 400.
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:
- WRITING 220: Introduction to the Minor in Writing: (3) - gateway course, which must be completed in the students’ first semester in the Minor
- 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)
- One Upper-Level Writing Requirement course in concentration, which may also satisfy a concentration requirement (3-4)
- One additional Upper-Level Writing Requirement course, which cannot fulfill a concentration requirement (3-4)
- WRITING 400: Advanced Rhetoric and Research (3) - capstone course
Note: No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor.
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 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.