The writing minor offers students an opportunity to design a writing program that coincides with their major and/or their career plans. Writing is perhaps the single most important skill students can develop, and the writing minor gives interested students a wide degree of flexibility in designing a program that increases that skill. The minor allows for the development of skills in creative writing, journalistic writing, and/or professional writing of various kinds. It should appeal to English majors, communication majors, and students in applied or professional areas seeking a strong writing component in their studies.
For the minor, students must complete a minimum of six courses (18 credits, at least 12 of which must be upper-division) from the English and/or Communication departments: ENG 201 and 15 credits of electives. Any student can declare a writing minor, but English and communication majors cannot apply writing courses to both the major and the minor: the minor must be a separate group of courses.
Students design their program with the director of writing, the English Department chair, or the Communication Department chair. Both the English Department chair and the Communication Department chair must approve the plan. Students can focus their minor program on creative, journalistic, or professional writing, or they can take a combination of courses from these different areas.
No course in the minor can be applied to major requirements.
Required Course (3 credits)
Eng 201 The Craft of Writing
Elective Courses (15 credits; at least 12 credits must be upper-division)
English Department Courses
ENG 305 Creative Writing: Narrative
ENG 306 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 402 Advanced Creative Writing: Narrative
ENG 403 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 245 Writing for the Arts
ENG 300 Writing for the Professions
ENG 247 Nature Writing
ENG 266 The Personal Essay
ENG 320 Autobiography and Memoir
ENG 325 Creative Non-fiction
Communication Department Courses
COM 210 Introduction to Media Writing (This course is a prerequisite for later courses.)
COM 303 Print News I: Reporting
COM 304 Writing for Broadcast
COM 308 Public Relations Writing
COM 325 Feature Writing
*COM 390 Special Topics: Journalistic Writing
Other Interdisciplinary Courses
TVA 304 Writing for Television Arts
THA 340 Playwriting
*COM390 may be repeated with a different title as topics vary.