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Designed for students from across the disciplines, the RWS Writing Minor 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 core classes 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 class work in rhetoric, communication, linguistics, and education. Students select the classes 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 Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies requires fifteen upper division units for the minor. The first two strands, Literacies and the Teaching of Writing and Rhetoric and Culture, require RWS 500W, 510, and 511 as the core classes and six units selected from one of those two strands. The Professional Writing strand requires two of the three core classes (RWS 500W, 510, 511) and nine units selected from the Professional Writing strand.