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Writing Minor

Liberal Arts and Education
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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
The writing minor prepares students to succeed in myriad fields and professional organizations. Concepts learned and skills developed through a writing minor will be advantageous in any career that requires skills in written communication. Graduates who obtain a writing minor will gain an understanding and appreciation of the English language, develop critical thinking and theoretical application skills through the study of research, and be able to communicate complex ideas through writing in professional settings. Minor outcomes Graduates will: Demonstrate proficiencies in the writing processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, and editing for professional presentation. Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in personal and professional writing. Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Minor Requirements
Minor must include 9 credits of upper division courses.
Required courses - 9 credits
WRIT 2223 - English Grammar and Usage (3.0 cr)
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
WRIT 3856 - Editing (3.0 cr)
Electives
One 3 credit upper level course must be selected in order to meet 9 credit upper level course minimum.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 2110 - Communication Technology Trends (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3008 - Business Writing (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3431 - Persuasion (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3537 - Visual Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3857 - Technical Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4000 - News and Promotional Writing (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4002 - Intercultural Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4802 - Publication Design and Management (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4850 - Report Writing (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 1803 - Directed Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2335 - Introduction to Creative Writing [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3804 - Individual Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3860 - Topics in Writing (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Online
Required credits in this minor: 19 The curriculum requirements for the online writing minor program is the same as the on-campus writing minor program requirements (18 credits) with the addition of GBUS 1005 - Orientation to Online Learning (1 credit).
 
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WRIT 2223 - English Grammar and Usage
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Grammar, grammatical concepts. Processes/structural rules that describe how words combine with each other to form sentences. Practice in sentence diagramming. prereq: COMP 1011
WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing about subjects related to students' academic disciplines and future professions. Developing persuasive writing skills for academic, personal, and professional purposes. Effective communication principles, audiences, formats, and technologies. prereq: Comp 1011 and 1013 or 6 credits of writing
WRIT 3856 - Editing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Copy editing for accuracy, completeness, consistency, correctness. Comprehensive editing. Symbols of markup. Electronic editing. Style sheets/manuals. Proofreading. Editing visuals. Team editing tools. prereq: Comp 1013
COMM 2110 - Communication Technology Trends
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to current/emerging industry standard software including design, presentation, social media as used in organizations.
COMM 3008 - Business Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical application of writing effective business letters, memos, e-mails, faxes. Tables, other graphics. Informal/formal informational/analytical reports. Professional oral/Web presentations. Development of personal writing style. Practice of appropriate business tone, etiquette. prereq: Comp 1013 or 6 credits of writing
COMM 3431 - Persuasion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Persuasion in interpersonal, organizational, intra-/inter-cultural relationships. Contemporary persuasion with historical segments. Argumentative claims, how to analyze/respond coherently to them. prereq: SPCH 1101
COMM 3537 - Visual Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Visual delivery of end-products in professional communication. Classical/contemporary theories of visual delivery. Designing visual delivery to reflect personal philosophy of communication. Integrating visual delivery system with text to meet professional/client standards. prereq: Comp 1013
COMM 3857 - Technical Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Creating complex documents such as policies/procedures, manuals, instructions for clients. Team writing. Working with subject matter experts/technical topics. Usability testing/revision. Managing complex writing projects. Creating multiple documents as part of series. prereq: Comp 1013
COMM 4000 - News and Promotional Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of theory/techniques in news/promotional writing. Use of social media. Creating/implementing integrated media plan.
COMM 4002 - Intercultural Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Interrelationship of cultures/co-cultures. Interpreting diverse communication through literature, popular culture, and academic sources. Cultural values, world views, philosophies, patterns, meanings. Communication strategies across cultures. prereq: 3001
COMM 4802 - Publication Design and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Applying project management principles to manage publication from concept to final product. Design principles, desktop publishing software, audience analysis, usability testing, production. Using table presentations to communicate process, final product to clients/guests. prereq: Comp 1013, Spch 1101
COMM 4850 - Report Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Analyzing documents and conducting interviews to develop reports for assessment and other purposes. prereq: 3303
WRIT 1803 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic related to student's minor not covered in regularly offered courses.
WRIT 2335 - Introduction to Creative Writing (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: COMP 1011
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Principles of creative writing. Basic literary/writing-craft concepts/terminology. Literary works. Practice writing, critiquing prose/poetry. prereq: COMP 1011
WRIT 3804 - Individual Studies
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic related to student's major not covered in regularly offered courses.
WRIT 3860 - Topics in Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Advanced level of writing/critiquing original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama. Reading/discussion regarding craft of writing/characteristics of great literature.