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The 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.

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 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. Students select the courses that best suit their future career and educational goals.

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 410 (formerly 510) - Rhetoric and Culture  (3 units)
  • RWS 411 - Digital Rhetorics (3 units)
  • RWS 500W - Advanced Writing Strategies (3 Units)

The additional nine elective units are to be selected from courses in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Department.

See our courses page for more information.


Emma Lee Whitworth
Office: Storm Hall West 123 | Email: [email protected]

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