The Rhetoric, Writing, and Media Studies minor offers students the opportunity to develop expertise in writing for academic, professional, community, civic, and personal purposes. Core courses provide opportunities for writing in a range of genres and strive to investigate rhetoric, information technology, the politics of language, and identity. Elective courses explore social, cultural, and field-specific topics in language, persuasion, and multimedia modes of communication.

The six credit minor requires three core courses, two elective courses, and a capstone project. Students must earn a minimum of C- in any given course to receive credit for the minor. One study away course may qualify as an elective toward the minor if it is similar to stated core or elective courses and preapproved by the coordinator.

Course requirements:

  • Three Rhetoric and Writing courses beyond RHET 103 College Writing
  • Two elective courses from two separate academic fields from the approved list of courses provided by the minor coordinator
  • One integrating exercise, usually an academic internship related to media and communication (RHET 395), an independent study with a Writing program faculty member (RHET 399), a writing-related teaching assistantship (RHET 466), or a 300 level course (either a RHET or another 300-level course) approved by the director of the minor.