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RWS Minor

Designed for students from across the disciplines, the minor in Rhetoric and Writing Studies provides students with an enhanced awareness of the central role of language and textual practices in every discipline. Thus, both students who want to improve their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills, as well as students interested in pursuing graduate work or entering more writing-intensive professions, will benefit from the minor. The minor includes three core courses intended to introduce students to the study of rhetoric, which incorporates a broad range of topics, including rhetorical theory, cultural rhetoric, and literacy and technology. The minor is also interdisciplinary in nature and includes coursework in rhetoric, communication, linguistics, and education. Students select the courses that best suit their future career and educational goals.

While virtually all professions are enhanced by skills in writing, critical reading, and analytical thinking, the minor is particularly beneficial to students seeking careers in areas such as law, politics, journalism, business, science, engineering, public administration, and education.

The minor in Rhetoric and Writing Studies consists of a minimum of 15 upper division units. Six units must be selected from the core courses:

  • RWS 411
  • RWS 500W
  • RWS 510

The additional nine elective units are to be selected from the following courses or the remaining core course not completed above:

  • RWS 501
  • RWS 503W
  • RWS 504
  • RWS 505
  • RWS 506
  • RWS 507
  • RWS 508W
  • RWS 509
  • RWS 512
  • Communication 441*, 446*, 450*, 470*, 482*, 492*, 508*
  • Education 451
  • Journalism and Media Studies 589*
  • Linguistics 430*, 530*, 550*

A minimum of six upper division units must be completed in residence at San Diego State University. In designing the minor, students may not include courses drawn from their major department.

* Additional prerequisites required.