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Professional Writing Minor

English Linguistics and Writing Studies
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Required credits in this minor: 22 to 23
The professional writing minor develops writing, reading, and rhetorical expertise relevant to professional communication. Emphasizing the production and analysis of texts and practice in varied writing techniques, the minor also provides a foundation in the study of professional writing as a field of inquiry.
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.
Lower Division Core (6 cr)
WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society [LE CAT, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
WRIT 2506 - Theories of Writing Studies (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Core (10 cr)
The WRIT 31xx - Advanced Writing course requirement within a major may also apply to this requirement.
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writ (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4200 - Writing and Cultures (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4506 - Capstone Course: Senior Portfolio Preparation (1.0 cr)
Professional Writing Electives (3 cr)
Take 1 or more courses from the following totaling at least 3 credits. (WRIT 1120 does not satisfy this requirement.)
WRIT 1xxx-4xxx
Free Electives (3-4 cr)
Take one or more courses from the following areas for a total of at least 3 credits. (WRIT 1120 does not satisfy this requirement.)
COMM 1xxx-5xxx
ENGL 1xxx-5xxx
FMIS 1xxx-5xxx
JOUR 1xxx-5xxx
LING 1xxx-5xxx
TH 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 2506 - Theories of Writing Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Considers writing itself as both a practice and an object of study. Drawing on composition, journalism, linguistics, literary studies, and rhetoric, the course offers a survey of historical, critical, and theoretical issues in writing studies. Writing assignments ask students to apply a writing studies framework to produce and analyze specific texts. prereq: WRIT 1120
WRIT 4200 - Writing and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Through historical, theoretical and applied lenses, examines the dialectic between writing and culture, that is, how writing shapes culture and, conversely, how culture shapes writing. Specific concepts (access, agency, community, identity and power) relevant to understanding how cultures and the social relations that constitute them are constructed and maintained will be examined in detail. prereq: 1120, minimum 60 cr
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 4506 - Capstone Course: Senior Portfolio Preparation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Required capstone course for all writing studies majors. Portfolios for multiple purposes will be prepared under the guidance of the student's adviser. prereq: Min 90 cr, writing studies major