The Minor in Professional Writing, offered by the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse (WRD), is available to any student in the university. Core courses in the program are designed to prepare students as effective writers for any occupation in which writing is a key competency. By sharing its electives with those of the WRD major, the Professional Writing Minor allows students a wide range of choices: you may take courses in which your own writing—in various genres and contexts—is the focus, or you may study theories of language, rhetoric (how to make effective choices as writers), and discourse (the way writing structures human activity) to develop an understanding of the role of the individual writer within communities of writers. The breadth of choices within the Professional Writing minor makes it an excellent complement to any major and a fine choice for students pursuing graduate school in any discipline, including law. The program assumes that the capacity to write well extends beyond correctness and form to the analysis of contexts in which written messages circulate. The program comprises two required core courses and sixteen hours of electives, which may be chosen from among the department's undergraduate offerings numbered 203 and above.
Students majoring in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (B.A.) are restricted from earning this minor.