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Writing and Rhetoric Studies Minor


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Minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies

The Rhetoric and Writing Minor is for students interested in improving their writing and students interested in understanding how and why writing works. Writing is fundamentally important in a number of workplace settings such as business, law, medicine, government jobs, non-profits, engineering and the sciences. Some might even choose writing as a career in publishing, technical writing and editing, or copy writing in an advertising agency. Knowledge about writing and skill as a writer will also help anybody interested in attending graduate school.


This minor offers maximum flexibility, while helping you fulfill many of your General Education requirements.

Required Courses

To complete the Rhetoric and Writing Minor, you will take seven total courses (18 credit hours), and of those, two are required.

WRTG 3860: Introduction to Rhetoric (HF)

WRTG 3870: Writing and Social Practice (HF)

Elective Courses

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric offers a selection of courses that you can choose from, based on your academic interests and your future career path. You will select four elective courses to complete the minor. Click here for a full list of required and elective courses.

To give you an idea of the course of study you might follow for this minor, we have put together a few class combinations that would fulfill the requirements of the minor, while also working to fulfill the General Education requirements. But remember that you have a lot of flexibility and can choose courses that best suit your interests.

Student A is a science major who selected these electives:

WRTG 3014: Writing in the Sciences (CW)

WRTG 3705: Rhetoric, Science and Technology Studies (BF; HF)

WRTG 4010: Writing for International Audiences (IR)

WRTG 4030: Visual Rhetoric (QB)

Student B is planning to go to law school and selected these electives:

WRTG 3510: Grammar & Stylistics (CW)

WRTG 3890: Writing & Social Justice (DV)

WRTG 4010: Writing for International Audiences (IR)

WRTG 4905: Studies in Professional Discourses: Discourses of Law 

Last Updated: 10/9/17