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Rhetoric, Scientific and Technical Communication Minor

Writing Studies Department
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Writing Studies, 215 Nolte Center, 315 Pillsbury Dr SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-3445; fax: 612-624-3617)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Graduate minor in Rhetoric, Scientific and Technical Communication.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Students must be admitted into a master's or doctoral program at the University of Minnesota.
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.
For master's degree students, the minor requires 6 credits in 5xxx and 8xxx WRIT courses. The minor for PhD students requires 12 credits of 5xxx and 8xxx WRIT courses, with one course being in rhetorical theory and criticism. Students may choose the remaining courses from any of writing studies graduate courses.
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.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 5xxx
· WRIT 8xxx
Rhetorical Theory and History
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 8510 - Seminar in Rhetoric (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 5775 - The Rhetorical Tradition: Classical Period (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 5776 - The Rhetorical Tradition: Modern Era (3.0 cr)
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 5xxx
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WRIT 8510 - Seminar in Rhetoric
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics may include theories, history, criticism, major figures, movements, visual or material rhetoric. Topics vary. See the Class Schedule.
WRIT 5775 - The Rhetorical Tradition: Classical Period
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Rhetoric in the Classical world and recurring themes that constitute "the rhetorical tradition." Epistemological/ethical status and sociopolitical importance of ancient rhetorical training and discourse. Works by Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, and others. Prepares students for preliminary examinations/seminars in rhetoric.
WRIT 5776 - The Rhetorical Tradition: Modern Era
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02306 - Comm 5611/Writ 5776
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Core works in modern/contemporary rhetorical theory. Twentieth-century revivals of and challenges to the Aristotelian rhetorical tradition. Units devoted to Enlightenment rhetorics; the New Rhetorics of I. A. Richards, Kenneth Burke, and Chaim Perelman; feminist rhetorical theory, historiography, and critique; deconstruction/post-structuralism. Prepares students for preliminary examinations/seminars in rhetoric.