College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Writing Studies

Writing Studies (25 credits)


Introduction/What is the Study of Writing Studies?

The writing studies minor is a 25 credit minor that includes courses that focus on deepening and extending your thinking and rhetorical flexibility. That is, these courses are designed to help students to develop the capacity to anticipate and appropriately respond to the particular needs of readers, and to build and examine texts, both print and digital, for widely differing contexts.

Why Consider a Writing Studies Minor?

Writing, in all its diverse forms, is the backbone of a university education and is also critical for most professions. Good written communication includes the ability to think deeply, reflectively, and rhetorically and develops a capacity to both foster and adapt to change. The versatility and flexibility that the Writing Studies minor offers will benefit your work in college and beyond because writing (or composing) effectively in different environments matters  regardless of the life you’re chasing after. Simply put, good writing, in whatever form it takes, can make lots happen—for you and for others.

Sample Careers

While some careers are focused specifically on writing expertise (professional writing, technical writing, grant writing, literary writing, feature writing, reviewing, publishing, copy-editing, etc.), employers in almost every profession desire people with rhetorical awareness and a range of writing proficiencies. For example, a Writing Studies minor will benefit project managers, user experience experts, game designers, medical professionals, even engineers. The passions that you take up will almost surely involve writing.


The Writing Studies minor is comprised of differing classes that emphasize professional & technical writing, composition, and rhetoric. The minor is built on the belief that writing, designing, and analyzing effectively and efficiently will benefit you regardless of the life you’re chasing after. Simply put, good writing, in whatever form it takes, can make lots happen.

  • Two of the following: 301 (repeatable once with different topic), 302, 371
  • One or more of the following: 401, 402, 442, 461, 462 (repeatable once)
  • Under academic advisement: one or two 300/400 level courses may be selected in visual and/or appropriate writing courses, including offerings in other departments.


Please Note: The courses you take “under advisement” will most likely include one or two of the courses listed below. But you may also talk with your advisor about courses outside the English Department that carry a WP3 attribute. For example, you may be able to include as part of your minor courses such as ENVS 319, JOUR 421, LING 402, HSP 385, and many others. You will make these decisions with your advisor.

Writing Studies Courses in The English Department

(Please pay attention to prerequisites)

  • English 301: Introduction to Writing Studies (repeatable once with different topic) (prereq: ENG 101 & junior status)
  • English 302: Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing (prereq: ENG 101 & junior status) English 371: Rhetorical Analysis (prereq: ENG 101 & junior status)
  • English 401: Advanced Seminar in Writing Studies/Rhetoric (prereq: one course from ENG 301, 302, 370, or 371 and senior status)
  • English 402: Advanced Professional and Technical Writing (Service-Learning) (prereq: ENG 302)
  • English 442: Studies in Literacy (prereq: one course from ENG 301, 302, 370, or 371)
  • English 461: Internship in Writing Studies: Professional Identity (prereq: senior status and instructor approval)
  • English 462: Topics in Professional Writing (repeatable once under advisement) (prereq: one course from ENG 301, 302, or 371)


Interested in declaring an English major or minor? Please see the Advising section's page on declaring a major or minor for more information.

Courses taken for credit in minor programs may not be counted toward English majors.