The Writing and Literacy Minor

The minor in writing will help students develop their abilities to write for personal, civic, professional, and academic purposes. The minor introduces students to:

• the discipline of writing studies
• the professional possibilities for writers
• the public uses of writing
• the social issues implicated in language use.

A minor in writing complements many majors and can help you use writing to enhance your career in various professions, business, non-profit and government work, as well as graduate study in the humanities and social sciences, law, and library and information sciences.

A minor in Writing (ENG) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory progress toward completion of the baccalaureate degree in the student’s home school. 
  • Completion of 15 credit hours.
  • 9 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level.
  • Students must have a 2.5 or higher grade point average in the 15 credit hours of the minor and a minimum grade of C in each course in the minor.
  • Only one course may be shared between the minor and the English major.

Gateway Course:
Choose one course (3 credits) from the following:

ENG-W210 Literacy and Public Life
ENG-W231 Professional Writing
ENG-W270 Writing Argument

Choose 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following:

ENG-W 210 Literacy and Public Life (3 cr.)
ENG-W 230 Writing in the Sciences (3 cr.)
ENG-W 231 Professional Writing (3 cr.)
ENG-W 262 Style and Voice for Writers (3 cr.)
ENG-W 270 Writing Argument (3 cr.)
ENG-W 280 Literary Editing and Publishing (3 cr.)
ENG-W 310 Language and the Study of Writing (3 cr.)
ENG-W 312 Writing Biography (3 cr.)
ENG-W 313 The Art of Fact: Writing Nonfiction Prose (3 cr.)
ENG-W 315 Writing for the Web (3 cr.)
ENG-W 318 Finding Your E Voice (3 cr.)
ENG-W 320 Advanced Writing in the Arts and Sciences
ENG-W 326 Writing Nonfiction: Preparing for Publication
ENG-W 331 Business and Administrative Writing (3 cr.) 
ENG-W 365 Theories and Practices of Editing (3 cr.)
ENG-W 366 Written Englishes: Living Cultural Realities (3 cr.)
ENG-W 377 Writing for Social Change
ENG-W 390 Topics in Writing (3 cr.) 
ENG-W 398 Writing Internship: The News Bureau (3 cr.)
ENG-W 400 Issues in Teaching Writing (3 cr.)
ENG-W 412 Literacy and Technology (3 cr.) 
ENG-W 426 Writing Nonfiction: Popular and Professional Publication (3 cr.)
ENG-W 496 Writing Tutor Training Seminar (3 cr.)
ENG-Z 204 Rhetorical Issues in Grammar and Usage (3 cr.)
ENG-Z 301 History of the English Language (3 cr.)

With permission from the Director of Writing, one course from a related program, such as Technical Communications, Communications Studies, or Journalism, can be approved as counting toward the minor.

To officially declare the minor, complete an English minor form available in CA 423 or on the English department website. Return the form to CA 423 or email it to lead undergraduate advisor Francia Kissel (

For a PDF of the Minor in Writing and Literacy Checksheet, click here.

For more information, contact:
Professor Steve Fox
Director of Writing
Telephone: (317) 278-2054
Office: Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 423B