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Literacy and Rhetorical Studies Minor

Writing Studies Department
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Center for Writing, 10 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-7583; fax: 612-626-7580)
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2021
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 9
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The goal of the literacy and rhetorical studies (LRS) minor is to encourage students to contribute to interdisciplinary activity and to create a forum for them and several dozen faculty members at the University whose research and teaching emphasize various facets of writing and communication. By crafting an individualized program of study with the LRS director of graduate studies, including theory, pedagogy, and research, often in a historical context, students can complement their disciplinary degree, and thereby open up new perspectives for their scholarship and teaching.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the LRS director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements. For specific information about applying for the LRS minor, see: http://writing.umn.edu/lrs/admission.html
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
All courses are chosen in consultation with the LRS director of graduate studies as part of the application process, using the planning form available at http://writing.umn.edu/lrs/about.html Masterís minor: ∑ No more than 1 of the 3 courses applied to the minor may be from the home department. ∑ A substantial paper emerging from one of the three completed courses is required. Doctoral minor: ∑ No more than 2 of the 4 courses applied to the minor may be from the home department. ∑ A capstone writing project emerging from the studies in literacy and/or rhetoric, such as a seminar paper or a completed dissertation chapter, is required.
Coursework (9 credits)
Literacy Theory or Practice Course (3 credits)
Select at least 3 credits in consultation with the LRS director of graduate studies.
Research Methods and Practices Course (3 credits)
Select at least 3 credits in consultation with the LRS director of graduate studies.
Historical Topic Course (3 credits)
Select at least 3 credits in consultation with the LRS director of graduate studies.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Doctoral
Additional Coursework (3 credits)
Select 3 credits, in consultation with the LRS director of graduate studies, to complete the 12-credit doctoral minor.
 
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