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Minor in Writing

The academic Minor in Writing is designed for any undergraduate student who is interested in developing and exploring his or her writing abilities with the guidance of seasoned writing professors. Students in the Minor experiment with writing in numerous ways, including (but definitely not limited to!) multi-modal projects, traditional papers, professional writing, and creative work. They can make use of what they have learned in their major and other courses within their writing projects for the minor, as well as explore new ways of writing that they might not otherwise encounter.

The program culminates in a student-designed, semester-long project that is informed by each student’s specific interests and specialties. While the academic minor, like all programs, has a set number of requirements, there is much room for flexibility and freedom within those requirements. It is useful for any undergraduate student who is looking for the freedom to design writing projects that may not exist in his or her major.

Applications are accepted twice a year, in March and October. Students must apply to and be accepted by the Sweetland Center for Writing in order to declare the Minor in Writing.

Interested in learning more? Explore the tabs under “Minor in Writing” in the sidebar or hear from current students in the Minor and ask questions in person at the Minor in Writing Info Session. Check out the application process and get your questions answered before the next application deadline!

Info Session: Friday, October 7th 4-5:30pm @ Angell Hall G219
Application deadline for Winter 2017: Noon, Monday, October 24th

The application is now available on the Application Process page.

Always feel free to contact if you have any questions.

Program Requirements

Students must have satisfied the First-Year Writing Requirement with a final grade of C or higher. Engineering students must have completed Engineering 100 with a grade of C or higher. Transfer students can complete the FYWR with a transfer course approved by Sweetland.

Note: All students must have at least three full fall/winter terms remaining in their program. A full "gap" term (Winter/Fall) is required between completing Writing 220 and beginning Writing 420. See the FAQ for further info.

Minor In Writing Program

At least 15 credits of courses. Students must complete the following courses, with an average minimum GPA of 3.3 for courses applied toward the academic minor:

1. WRITING 220: Introduction to the Minor in Writing: (3) - gateway course, which must be completed in the students’ first semester in the Minor

2. One of the following courses:

  • ENGLISH 225: Academic Argumentation (4), or
  • ENGLISH 229: Professional Writing (4), or
  • ENGLISH 325: Art of the Essay (3), or
  • LHSP 230: Writing & the Arts II (3), or
  • WRITING 200: New Media Writing (3)

3. One Upper-Level Writing Requirement course in major, which may also satisfy a major requirement (3-4)

4. One additional Upper-Level Writing Requirement course, which cannot fulfill a major requirement (3-4)

5. WRITING 420: Minor in Writing Capstone (3) - capstone course

Note: No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor. In addition, only one minor requirement may be shared with a major requirement.

Students completing the Minor in Writing are required to develop an electronic portfolio (eportfolio) of the writing they produce throughout their undergraduate career. The eportfolio provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their development as writers, demonstrate their proficiency in visual rhetoric, and showcase their writing abilities. Students have the opportunity to create an eportfolio in WRITING 220 and then another one in WRITING 420 that builds on the skills they've acquired.

Learning Goals

Students who complete the Undergraduate Minor in Writing will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Produce complex and well-supported arguments that matter in academic and non-academic contexts.
  • Explore different strategies for organizing, revising, and proofreading writing of varying lengths and genres.
  • Identify and implement rhetorical choices that meet the demands of specific genres, audiences, and rhetorical situations
  • Compose in a variety of modes, including a range of new media such as blogs, interactive maps, online magazines, etc.
  • Identify the expectations that characterize writing in their major, and use this knowledge to write effectively in a range of genres in that discipline.
  • Learn the language to describe writing processes, rhetorical choices, genre expectations, and disciplinary discourse to discuss writing-in-progress and writing development over time.
  • Collaborate with other writers to improve writing-in-progress.