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Professional Writing Minor

English Linguistics and Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits in this minor: 22
This 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 Digital Writing, Literature and Design Minor.
Lower Division Core (6 cr)
WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
WRIT 2506 - Theories of Writing Studies (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Core (10 cr)
Only one WRIT 31xx-Advanced Writing course may apply to this area.
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)
(WRIT 1120 does not satisfy this requirement.)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· WRIT 1006 - Journal and Memoir Writing [LE CAT9] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2400 - Language of Advertising (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 2595 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
· WRIT 4100 - Introduction to Grant Writing and Project Planning (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4220 - Document Design and Graphics (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4222 - Electronic Publication (4.0 cr)
· WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4300 - Research Methods for the Study of Writing (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 1xxx-4xxx
· Optional Experience (consent required)
Take 0 - 3 credit(s) from the following:
· WRIT 4197 - Internship in Writing (1.0-3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4591 - Independent Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
Free Electives (3 cr)
Take at least 1 course from the following areas for a total of at least 3 credits. (WRIT 1120 does not satisfy this requirement.)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· COMM 1xxx-4xxx
· ENGL 1xxx-5xxx
· FIN 1xxx-4xxx
· JOUR 1xxx-4xxx
· LING 1xxx-4xxx
· MIS 1xxx-4xxx
· TH 1xxx-4xxx
· WRIT 1xxx-4xxx
 
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WRIT 1506 - Literacy, Technology and Society (LE CAT7, 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: 01657 - 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
WRIT 1006 - Journal and Memoir Writing (LE CAT9)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Study various published and unpublished journals and memoirs, write journals and memoirs entries, and read about social context of journals and memoirs.
WRIT 2400 - Language of Advertising
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02466
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Our linguistic landscape has never been more saturated with advertising, branding, messaging, and media. This course will explore the links between the markets and masses through a variety of linguistic aspects. Students will scrutinize film, journalism, podcasts, comics, and interactive experiences for language play, genderspeak, teenspeak, emerging changes in use, and representation of time and perspective.
WRIT 2595 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of rhetoric or composition topics not focused on in regular lower-division composition courses or related offerings. Topic announced before course offered. prereq: WRIT 1120 or equivalent or instructor consent
WRIT 4100 - Introduction to Grant Writing and Project Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01653 - Writ 4100/5100
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to basic grant writing principles, including common types of grants, project planning, locating and researching funders, and writing effective narratives, preparing budgets, and evaluating program outcomes. Course utilizes lectures, discussion, group work, and guest speakers. prereq: 1120, min 60 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4220 - Document Design and Graphics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01655 - Writ 4220/5220
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Principles and practice of using computer programs to design, create, and print documents that effectively integrate verbal and graphic texts. prereq: 1120, min 60 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4222 - Electronic Publication
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduces students to recent developments in the creation of books, journals and newsletters in electronic form and acquaints them with the conversion of print into electronically distributed form.
WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01656 - 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 4260 - Visual Rhetoric and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01573 - 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
WRIT 4300 - Research Methods for the Study of Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01659 - Writ 4300/5300
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Provides students with instruction and practice in critiquing research, generating research questions, designing research projects, and reporting research results in the study of writing. prereq: 1120, min 60 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4197 - Internship in Writing
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01654 - Writ 4197/5197
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Practical writing experience with a media organization, publisher, business, or government agency. prereq: instructor consent, no grad credit
WRIT 4591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01660 - Writ 4591/5591
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students choose projects with their instructor. prereq: instructor consent, no grad credit