Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Studies

The minor consists of six courses, including three core courses, two electives, and an integrating exercise.  Courses must be chosen from at least three different academic fields, with no more than three courses drawn from any one field.  Students must earn a minimum of C- in any given course to receive credit for the minor.

1. Core Courses—Select three courses from the following list.           

RHET 120.  Exploring the (Un)known: Discovering Trinity Through Writing

RHET 125.  Writing for a Digital World

RHET 127.  Thoughts of Peace and War

RHET 130.  Multimodal Writing

RHET 135.  Analytical Thinking and Writing

RHET 140.  The Rhetoric of Narrative

RHET 145.  Autobiography and Activism

RHET 202.  Intermediate Writing Workshop

RHET 208.  Argument and Research Writing

RHET 215.  Writing the Personal Essay

RHET 225.  Rhetoric of Broad Street

RHET 226.  Writing About Places 

RHET 227.  Writing and Mindfulness

ENGL 265.  Introduction to Film Studies

ENGL 270.  Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL 288.  World Cinema

RHET 300.  Art of the Essay

RHET 302.  Writing Theories and Practices

RHET 315.  Writing in the Public Sphere: Theory and Practice

ENGL 318    Literacy and Literature

ENGL 333.  Creative Nonfiction or ENGL 334.  Creative Fiction

ENGL 337.  Writing for Film

RHET 402.  Theories and Methods of Rhetoric and Media Arts

RHET 406.  Contemporary Composition Studies

ENGL 470.   Film Theory

2. Electives—Select two courses chosen from different academic fields.  A sample list of eligible courses follows.  Appropriate alternative courses can be substituted, subject to the approval of the minor coordinator.

            AHIS 105. History of World Cinema

           AHIS 227. Public Art

           AMST 279. American Autobiography

           ANTH 301. Ethnographic Methods and Writing

           CTYP 206. Writing the City

           CPSC 110. Computers, Information and Society

           FILM 201. Basic Filmmaking

           FILM 309. Film Production

          HIST 299. What is History?

          LING 101. Introduction to Linguistics

          MATH 205. Abstraction and Argument

          PHIL 205. Symbolic Logic

         PHIL 249. Philosophy and Film

         PHIL 255. Philosophy and Logic

         POLS 241. Empirical Political Methods and Data Analysis

         POLS 325. Communication and Politics

         PSYC 221L. Research Design and Analysis

        PSYC 255. Cognitive Psychology

        PBPL 202. Law, Argument, and Public Policy

        RELG 267. Religion and the Media

        SOCL 201L. Research Methods in the Social Sciences

        SOCL 241 Mass Media, Popular Culture, and Social Reality

        STAR 126. Photography I

       THDN 121. Introduction to Media Studies

       THDN 233. Critical Views/Critical Values

       THDN 345. Special Topics: Writing for Stage and Screen

       THDN 393. Playwrights Workshop I

3. Integrating ExerciseSelect one of the following options.

There are three options for completing this capstone project:
       (1)    RHET 395 Academic Internship
 A semester-long internship related to media and communication.

      (2)    RHET 399 Independent Study
 A semester-long writing project with a Writing Program faculty member.

     (3)    RHET 466 Teaching Assistant
 A writing related apprenticeship for academic credit as a research assistant or teaching assistant (typically with  aprofessor in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric.)