9.39. Writing

Programs offered:

Minor in Writing (TU)

The Writing minor produces graduates who write articulate, informative, powerful and persuasive work in a variety of genres and for a variety of audiences, cultural perspectives and purposes. Students learn to use concrete detail and logic appropriate to the genre to show clearly, convincingly and with impact the justification for their insights or the positions they assert. Writers fulfill the intentions and potential of their work of various kinds, pursuing either a literary or eclectic emphasis. Through their courses and co-curricular activities intended to integrate different kinds of writing, our Writing students receive a rich experience and good preparation for writing after graduation.

The Writing minor offers two possible pathways:

  • A literary writing emphasis, for students who prefer to focus on writing fiction, poetry, nonfiction and other similar literary genres that may be offered as special topics or as independent studies in Writing.
  • An “eclectic” writing emphasis for students who prefer to focus on examining a diverse array of writing genres, including especially non-literary ones.

No matter which path is selected, each minor must complete the course WRI 400 Advanced Independent Study in Writing: Capstone and Portfolio.

Minor in Writing (TU) (with Literary Emphasis)

  1. Completion of four of the following courses, totaling at least 16 semester hours:

ENG 230              Creative Writing
ENG 231              Biography and Autobiography
ENG 330              Writing Poetry
ENG 331              Writing Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction
ENG 401              Internship in English
WRI 400               Advanced Independent Study in Writing
WRI 490               Advanced Special Topics in Writing

  1. Completion of WRI 400 Advanced Independent Study in Writing: Capstone and Portfolio.
  2. Additional requirements and things to note:
  1. Students pursuing a B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric Studies (CRS) are required to complete a minor in a related field of study. However, the Writing minor cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
  2. ENG 401 Internship in English can only be counted once for the Writing minor. For ENG 401 to qualify it must be pre-approved to be a writing-intensive experience supervised by an English and Comparative Literature faculty member.

Minor in Writing (TU) (with Eclectic Emphasis)

  1. Completion of four of the following courses, totaling at least 16 semester hours:

CRS 240               Journalism
CRS 260               Writing for Business and the Professions
CRS 310               Public Relations Writing
CRS 320               Persuasive Writing
CRS 401               Internship in Communication and Rhetoric Studies
ENG 230              Creative Writing
ENG 231              Biography and Autobiography
ENG 330              Writing Poetry
ENG 331              Writing Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction
ENG 401              Internship in English
WRI 400               Advanced Independent Study in Writing
WRI 490               Advanced Special Topics in Writing

  1. Completion of WRI 400 Advanced Independent Study in Writing: Capstone and Portfolio.
  2. Additional requirements and things to note:
  1. Students pursuing a B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric Studies (CRS) are required to complete a minor in a related field of study. However, the Writing minor cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
  2. For CRS 401 to qualify, the internship must be pre-approved to be a writing-intensive experience supervised by a Communication and Rhetoric Studies faculty member.
  3. For ENG 401 to qualify it must be pre-approved to be a writing-intensive experience supervised by an English and Comparative Literature faculty member.
  4. Only one internship can be counted among the courses required for the minor.