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, visit this page.

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