Writing and Rhetoric
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Professional Writing

The minor in professional writing provides students with opportunities to learn and apply advanced strategies for writing academic, professional, and civic documents. Students examine the theoretical, interdisciplinary, and professional aspects of writing and develop their expository, persuasive, organizational, and stylistic skills through close analysis of rhetorical situations and the features and approaches of successful writing. The strong communication and analytical skills developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education.

The minor in professional writing is a valuable asset for students interested in working in media organizations, trade and professional associations, and non-profit organizations related to the arts, schools, and social change. It is also beneficial to students interested in careers in business, science, engineering, accounting, and many others that demand strong writing and communication skills for promotion and advancement.

This minor is offered by the Department of English.

For policies governing all minors, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

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Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this minor must complete 15 credits of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

One required course (3 credits)

ENGH 380 - Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric

One core course (3 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 382 - Writing Nonfiction Genres

ENGH 388 - Professional and Technical Writing

Three elective courses (9 credits)

Students may choose all three electives in ENGH or optionally take one elective course (3 credits) from outside the department.

Three elective ENGH courses (9 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 375 - Web Authoring and Design

ENGH 376 - Rhetoric and New Media

ENGH 382 - Writing Nonfiction Genres

ENGH 386 - Editing for Audience, Style, and Voice

ENGH 388 - Professional and Technical Writing

ENGH 393 - Forms of Nonfiction

ENGH 399 - Creative Nonfiction Writing

ENGH 459 - Internship

ENGH 483 - Technical Editing

ENGH 484 - RS: Writing Ethnography

ENGH 485 - Document Design

ENGH 486 - RS: Writing Nonfiction for Publication

ENGH 488 - Topics in Writing and Rhetoric

ENGH 489 - Proposal Writing and Development

or Two elective ENGH courses (6 credits) and one course (3 credits) from outside the department chosen from:

Students choose two courses from list above and one from list below.

AMGT 471 - Introduction to Grant Writing

AVT 395 - Writing for Artists

CHSS 390 - Peer Tutoring in Writing across the Disciplines (take 3 times)

COMM 303 - Writing across the Media

COMM 320 - Business and Professional Communication

COMM 351 - News Writing and Reporting

COMM 352 - News Editing: Print and Beyond

COMM 356 - Video: Performance and Writing

COMM 391 - Writing for Public Relations

GAME 332 - RS: Story Design for Computer Games

MLAB 300 - Science Writing

Total: 15 credits

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