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Writing Minor

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education
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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2024
  • Required credits in this minor: 21 to 22
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
Writing Core
Take exactly 4 course(s) totaling exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 2110 - Digital Writing (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2223 - English Grammar and Usage (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3856 - Editing (3.0 cr)
Writing Electives
At least 3 writing elective credits must be upper division.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 2110 - Communication Technology Trends (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 1803 - Directed Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2335 - Introduction to Creative Writing [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2994 - Introductory Undergraduate Research (1.0-3.0 cr)
· Upper-Division Writing Electives
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· 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 Social Media Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3002 - Intercultural Communication [GLOB PERSP] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4802 - Publication Design and Management (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4850 - Report Writing (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.
The curriculum requirements for the online writing minor program is the same as the on-campus writing minor program requirements with the addition of GBUS 1005 - Orientation to Online Learning (1 credit).
Orientation to Online Learning
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 1 credit(s) from the following:
· GBUS 1005 - Orientation to Online Learning (1.0 cr)
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WRIT 2110 - Digital Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introducing the tools, language, and processes of digital composing, this course equips students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of analyzing and producing digital texts. Grounded in rhetorical theories, the course also overviews coding, digital ecosystems, and the content management system required of a digital platform.
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.
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 2994 - Introductory Undergraduate Research
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory research experience that results in the completion of a project.
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.
COMM 3537 - Visual Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Summer Even 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.
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 Social Media Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analyze traditional media/social media uses and strategies. Develop social media content. Write press releases using Associated Press (AP) style. Develop a comprehensive media/social plan.
COMM 3002 - Intercultural Communication (GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Interrelationship of cultures/co-cultures. Interpreting diverse communication styles. Cultural values, world views, philosophies, patterns, meanings. Communication strategies across cultures.
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.
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.
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.
GBUS 1005 - Orientation to Online Learning
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to UMC policies, e-mail, virtual private network, online library resources, writing scholarly reports, APA referencing, netiquette, networking in online environment, group work in online environment.