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Writing Minor

The writing minor provides a broad overview of various types of writing and reinforces techniques of analysis and expression. Students learn how to write in various genres by reading models of published authors and participating in writing course workshops. This minor focuses on analytical and professional writing skills, as well as creative writing. This minor can be combined with any major and minor. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Writing Minor Requirements (15 credits)

Students must complete 15 credits in any writing (WRIT) courses, 9 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level:

WRIT 2100 - Introduction to Professional Writing (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the writing and research practices active in the field of professional writing. Students will examine the various approaches to language, writing, and research active in professional communities and explore them in their own original works. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

WRIT 2200 - Civic and Community Writing (3 credits)

This course examines the relationships between academic and community writing. Students will explore the history of literacy practices and civic discourses. Students engage in service learning projects in their local community by partnering with local organizations to address local needs. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

WRIT 2400 - Style and Grammar (3 credits)

This course examines the history and practice of written style and grammar, highlighting the differences between the two traditions. Students will study word choice, sentence structure, and paragraphing in texts of varying genres. Drawing on analyses of written texts, students will learn to apply the stylistic and grammatical principles of deviation and convention, respectively, to their own writing. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

WRIT 2500 - Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credits)

This course examines the fundamentals of writing poetry and fiction, introducing students to creative writing techniques and strategies. Students will read works of fiction and poetry by published authors and write their own works using various models and styles. Through workshopping their original poetry and fiction, students will learn the importance of finding one's voice and the necessity of revision in the writing process. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

WRIT 3020 - Poetry Workshop (3 credits)

An examination of the fundamentals of writing poetry; learning to use metrical language and seeking the universal in individual human experience. Students will read a wide variety of contemporary poems and will attempt to develop their own poetic language. Prerequisite: WRIT 2500. 

WRIT 3030 - Fiction Workshop (3 credits)

An examination of the fundamentals of writing fiction; learning to use the techniques and tools of the fiction writer. Students will read a variety of fictional works and will attempt to develop their own voices and narrative style. Prerequisite: WRIT 2500.

WRIT 3150 - Business Writing (3 credits)

This course focuses on techniques for effective communication in global business environments. Students learn various strategies for writing letters, memos, proposals, electronic communication, and other types of writing in the workplace. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2020. 

WRIT 3160 - Scientific and Technical Writing (3 credits)

This course focuses on developing techniques for writing reports, descriptions, instructions, graphic arts, and other types of writing in formats appropriate to the scientific or technical working world. Students will practice explaining technical issues to various audiences, analyze technical objects and processes, and write reports, technical manuals, and user instructions. The course will emphasize writing understandable, concise language, integrating text and graphics, and designing documents. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

WRIT 3200 - Writing for Popular Culture (3 credits)

This course introduces students to professional writing for popular culture through the study and creation of texts such as zines, blogs, and fan sites. Students will identify various rhetorical features used by communities of writers in the public sphere, paying careful attention to theories of the production and consumption of popular culture texts. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2020. 

WRIT 3350 - Document Design and Publishing (3 credits)

This course focuses on the skills necessary to produce well-designed documents for private and commercial publication. Students will analyze various publication models and produce print-ready documents for various professional or commercial audiences. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2020.

WRIT 3400 - Language and Society (3 credits)

This course examines variables such as class, ethnicity, gender, geography, technology, and history that influence language behavior and language change. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2020. 

WRIT 3600 - Writing Center Studies (3 credits)

The course provides students with theoretical and experiential grounding in peer conferencing. Students will study writing center theory and practice, and they will apply such strategies in conferences with writers. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2020.

WRIT 4000 - Writing for Technologies (3 credits)

This course focuses on emerging forms of writing produced with, focused on, and distributed through contemporary mobile and web-based technologies. Students in this course will closely examine and practice the theories and approaches to writing within such digital environments and networks. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

WRIT 4100 - Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)

This course focuses on designing, conducting, and analyzing research projects using qualitative and quantitative methods. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2020. 

WRIT 4600 - Composition and Rhetoric (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the discipline of Composition and Rhetoric through the key concepts, philosophies, and frameworks involving teaching, theory, and research. Students will learn how theories and practices affect classroom settings and their own writing processes. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2020.

WRIT 4800 - Professional Writing Capstone (3 credits)

Students will undertake a significant project reflecting their area of professional writing interest. Prerequisite: completion of at least 90 credit hours and permission of department chair. 

WRIT 4900 - Special Topics in Writing (3 credits)

Topics, which vary from year to year, will focus on specialized genres and techniques in writing. Topics may include memoir/autobiographical writing, travel writing, creative non-fiction writing, and screenwriting. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with department approval. Prerequisite: one WRIT course above the 2000-level. 

WRIT 4950 - Internship in Writing (3-6 credits)

A 10-20 hour per week field or work experience for one semester in the student’s major area of study. Consult academic department for specific details and requirements. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and permission of department chair. 

WRIT 4950A - Internship in Writing (3-6 credits)

A 10-20 hour per week field or work experience for one semester in the student’s major area of study. Consult academic department for specific details and requirements. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and permission of department chair. 

WRIT 4950B - Internship in Writing (3-6 credits)

A 10-20 hour per week field or work experience for one semester in the student's major area of study. Consult academic department for specific details and requirements. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and permission of department chair.

WRIT 4990 - Independent Study in Writing (1 - 3 credits)

The student selects, and carries out independently, library and/or empirical research. Faculty supervision is provided on an individual basis. Written consent of instructor and department chair required. Prerequisites: One WRIT course and COMP 2000, COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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