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Information Design Minor

English Linguistics and Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Spring 2017. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2021
  • Required credits in this minor: 18 to 20
The information design minor gives students 1) knowledge and experience with information technologies from a liberal arts perspective; 2) practice in applying principles of rhetoric, design, cultural theory, ethics, and creative thinking to the production of information-design projects; 3) the ability to write about and discuss information-design practices and digital culture in critically informed ways; 4) experience in developing successful creative relationships with writing/design communities, clients, audiences, and support staff; 5) skills in using a variety of software.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students majoring in writing studies must complete a minor or second major in a field other than professional writing or information design.
Core (12 cr)
WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society [LE CAT, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture (3.0 cr)
Related Field Electives (6-8 cr)
Students must take two courses for a total of least 6 credits in the following areas: ART, COMM, CS, FMIS, JOUR, SOC, STAT, or WRIT. (This excludes WRIT 1120.)
ART 1xxx-5xxx
COMM 1xxx-5xxx
CS 1xxx-5xxx
FMIS 1xxx-5xxx
JOUR 1xxx-5xxx
SOC 1xxx-5xxx
STAT 1xxx-5xxx
WRIT 1xxx-5xxx
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WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society (LE CAT, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical survey of cultures without writing systems and cultures with writing systems and then later with printing, telegraph, radio, telephone, television, computers as well as other forms of technology. Survey of attitudes toward technology from Thoreau to Gandhi and beyond.
WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Writ 4230/5230
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Practice in the aesthetic, cultural, and rhetorical uses of Web-design techniques, including discussion and writing about the theoretical and historical contexts of digital culture. prereq: Min 30 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Writ 4250/5250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Combines the theory and production of new media writing--digital, verbal practices in converged media--through the application of readings and discussion to five projects that progress from written, print-based genres to new-media presentation. prereq: minimum 60 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Writ 4260/5260
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
In addition to teaching the mechanics of graphic production, this class draws widely on the disciplines of digital design, statistics, narrative literature, engineering, and technical writing to enable students to conceive, produce, and write about visual texts critically and effectively. prereq: minimum 60 cr, no grad credit