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Minor in Rhetoric and Writing Studies

The Rhetoric and Writing Studies Minor focuses on courses in rhetoric and composition and courses at the intersections of writing, language, and culture. Giving a student the opportunities to study the diverse rhetorical contexts in which writing is created, engage in the study of situated language and writing practices, and learn methodologies for studying and creating their own rhetorical productions across genres, media, and modalities. Upon completion of the minor, students will be versed in the theories, methodologies, and practices of writing and language use in diverse contexts and have experience applying them to their own writing and rhetorical practices. 


• 15 total hours from courses listed below
• 3 hours of required courses and 12 hours of electives
• At least 3 credit hours must be taken at the level 3000 or above
• A grade of C- or above must be earned in all minor coursework
• A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all combined minor coursework is required
• A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed in MU coursework

A minor consists of at least 15 credits, including at least 6 credits numbered 2000 or above, 9 of the required credits must be taken in MU course work. This requirement can be reduced from 9 to 6 at the discretion of an individual department. Students must meet the minimum GPA requirements for a minor, which in no case can be lower than 2.0. In addition, a student cannot receive a grade lower than a C- in any course applied towards a minor in the College. For more information, please see Requirements for Optional Minor.

Required Course3
ENGLSH 2010Intermediate Composition3
Elective Courses12
9 Hours from categories 1 and 2, at least 3 credits from each category
1. Rhetoric and Composition
ENGLSH 2030Professional Writing3
ENGLSH 2015HWTheory and Practice of Tutoring Writing Seminar - Honors/Writing Intensive3
ENGLSH 3010Advanced Composition3
ENGLSH 4040Studies in Writing3
ENGLSH 4045Rhetorical Studies3
ENGLSH 4050Historical Survey of Rhetoric3
2. Writing, Language, and Cultural Studies
ENGLSH 2520Creative Writing: Intermediate Nonfiction Prose3
ENGLSH 4520Creative Writing: Advanced Nonfiction Prose3
ENGLSH 3880WWriting and Theory for Digital Media - Writing Intensive3
ENGLSH 2100Writing About Literature3
ENGLSH 1700Introduction to Folklore Genres3
ENGLSH 3700American Folklore3
ENGLSH 2490Introduction to Indigenous Literatures3
ENGLSH 4620Regional and Social Dialects of American English3
Additional appropriate English classes on a semester by semester basis
Additional 3 hours from catetory 1 and 2 above or 3 hours of any English Writing-Intensive course or one of the following Communication Courses
COMMUN 3460Organizational Advocacy3
COMMUN 4474Persuasion3
COMMUN 4491Political Public Address3
COMMUN 3572Argument and Advocacy3
COMMUN 4476Organizational Communication3