Rhetoric, Writing, and Media Studies

The minor consists of six courses: three core courses, two electives, and an integrating exercise. Elective courses must be chosen from two different academic fields. 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 125 Writing for a Digital World

RHET 128 Writing and Mindfulness

RHET 130 Visual Rhetorics

RHET 145 Autobiography and Activism

RHET 202 Writing in the Disciplines

RHET 208 Argument and Research Writing

RHET 216 Writing the Personal Essay

RHET 225 Rhetoric of Broad Street

RHET 226 Writing About Places

RHET 260 What is Rhetoric and Composition?

RHET 300 The Art of the Essay

RHET 302 Writing Theories and Practices

RHET 315 Writing in the Public Sphere: Theory and Practice

RHET 320 Queer Rhetorics

RHET 330 Macho Rhetorics

RHET 340 Rhetorics of the Body and Activism

RHET 360 Rhetorics of Law and Violence

RHET 406 Composition Pedagogy

RHET 410 History of Rhetoric: The Modern Reception of Ancient Rhetorics

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

AHIS 105 History of World Cinema

AMST 290 Hip Hop in Film

ANTH 301 Ethnographic Methods and Writing

CPSC 110 Computers, Information, and Society

CPSC 110 Visual Computing

ENGL 288 World Cinema

ENGL 333 Creative Nonfiction

ENGL 334 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

ENGL 402 Theories and Methods of Rhetoric and Media Arts

ENGL 470 Film Theory

ENGL 291 Bollywood and Beyond: An Introduction to Popular Cinema

ENGL 270 Intro to Creative Writing

ENGL 265 Intro to Film Studies

ENGL 318 Literacy and Literature

FILM 201 Basic Filmmaking

FILM 309 Film Production

FILM 337 Writing for Film

HIST 299 What is History?

ITAL 290 Italian Cinema: Fiction and Film

LING 101 Introduction to Linguistics

MATH 205 Abstraction and Argument

PHIL 205 Symbolic Logic

PHIL 238 Media Philosophy

PHIL 249 Philosophy and Film

PHIL 255 Philosophy of Logic

POLS 241 Empirical Political Methods and Data Analysis

PSYC 221L Research Design and Analysis

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

THDN 121 Introduction to Media Studies

THDN 233 Critical Views/Critical Values

THDN 393 Playwrights Workshop I

3. Integrating Exercise—The integrating exercise is a semester-long writing project focused on rhetoric, writing and/or media studies, under the guidance of a professor in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric. There are four options for completing the capstone project:

RHET 395 Academic Internship

RHET 399 Independent Study

RHET 466 Teaching Assistant

Another 300 level course, (either a RHET or another 300 level course) approved by the minor coordinator.

Students should consult with the minor coordinator about these options. In each case, students are required to submit a brief proposal that outlines the activities, readings, meetings, and work that reasonably details the purpose of the capstone project as a semester-long writing project to the coordinator of the rhetoric, writing and media studies minor.