Academics: Majors and Programs

English Department

The Writing Minor

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The Writing Minor is designed for writers interested in a range of creative and critical projects. Grounded in the fundamentals of craft and form, the minor’s courses bring together media literacy, creative composing, rhetorical analysis, and professional writing. Our goal is to advance students’ skills and knowledge in ways that prepare them to engage with the diverse literacies of the 21st century. Each student works closely with her adviser to create an individual course plan that fulfills her interests and goals.


The Minor requires five courses (20 course hours), with one prerequisite and four electives. Students may cross-register at other campuses for up to two electives. Electives taken at other campuses must be approved by the student’s adviser and the English department chair.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • ENG 300: The Art of Writing


  • ENG 288: Arts Journalism (cross-listed: MUS 288)
  • ENG 305: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 311: Poetry Writing Workshop I
  • ENG 315: Research Methods in Writing
  • ENG 329: Argumentation 
  • ENG 364: Writing About Film
  • ENG 381: Journalism Workshop  junior classification or instructor permission)
  • ENG 384a: Rhetorics of Advertising  (junior classification or instructor permission)
  • ENG 387: Ethnographic Writing
  • ENG 389: Composing Disability, Health & Wellness (junior classification or instructor permission)
  • ENG 390: Writing and Editing for Digital Media
  • ENG 391: Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG 395: Poetry Writing Workshop II
  • ENG 396: Fiction Writing Workshop
  • ENG 397: Screenwriting I (Fiction)
  • ENG 398: Playwriting I (cross-listed: DRA 309, DRA3 11)
  • ENG 407: Screenwriting II
  • ENG 452: Independent Study
  • ENG 453 Writing in Professional Contexts