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Minor Professional and Public Writing

This minor prepares students to write confidently and effectively in professional and public situations. Students can choose to focus on professional writing, where they analyze and produce genres required by employers; public writing, where they study and engage in meaningful social action through written texts; or a combination of courses tailored to the studentʼs own interests. Students will write purposefully, imaginatively, and persuasively in, across, and beyond their college courses. In alignment with several of RWUʼs Core Values, this minor fosters preparation for careers and future study, collaboration of students and faculty in research, commitment to local and global communities, and the promotion of civil discourse.

Upon completion of the minor in Professional and Public Writing, successful students will:

  • Use rhetoric and compositionʼs disciplinary concepts and methods to advance our knowledge of writing.
  • Adapt self-directed writing processes to a variety of academic, professional, and public rhetorical situations and genres.
  • Explain how different technologies of writing impact the production and reception of texts.
  • Articulate and reflect upon writing choices and the implication of those choices when writing within discourse communities for professional and public audiences.

Requirements for the Minor in Professional and Public Writing:

  • WTNG 102  Expository Writing
  • Two (2) WTNG courses at the 200 level or above
  • Two (2) WTNG course at the 300 level or above
  • One (1) WTNG course at the 400 level

Students are encouraged to meet with a WSRC advisor to plan electives that best suit academic and professional goals.

Course Offerings

WTNG 230: Rhetoric of Film: Writing about Film
WTNG 250: Advanced Composition
WTNG 270: Travel Writing
WTNG 299: Special Topics in Writing
WTNG 300: Rhetoric in a Global Context
WTNG 302: Art of Writing: Forms of the Essay
WTNG 303: Environmental Rhetoric
WTNG 305: Writing the City
WTNG 310: Advanced Writing (Sciences)
WTNG 311: Technical Writing
WTNG 321: Multimodal Writing in Public Spheres
WTNG 322: Advancing Public Arguments
WTNG 320: Writing for Business Organizations
WTNG 400: Writing for Social Change
WTNG 402: Advanced Argument
WTNG 430: Special Topics
WTNG 439: Rhetorical Theory
WTNG 450: Composition Theory
WTNG 460: Writing Studies Internship
WTNG 470: Writing Thesis/Portfolio