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This minor provides students with opportunities to learn and apply advanced strategies for writing academic, professional, and civic documents. Students examine the theoretical, interdisciplinary, and professional aspects of writing and develop their expository, persuasive, organizational, and stylistic skills through close analysis of rhetorical situations and the features and approaches of successful writing. The strong communication and analytical skills developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education.

The minor is a valuable asset for students interested in working in media organizations, trade and professional associations, and non-profit organizations related to the arts, schools, and social change. It is also beneficial to students interested in careers in business, science, engineering, accounting, and many others that demand strong writing and communication skills for promotion and advancement.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: PW

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

ENGH 380Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric3
ENGH 382Writing Nonfiction Genres3
or ENGH 388 Professional and Technical Writing
Total Credits6


Students must take 3 electives: either 3 ENGH courses, or 2 ENGH courses and 1 elective from outside the department.9
English Courses
Web Authoring and Design
Rhetoric and New Media
Writing Nonfiction Genres
Editing for Audience, Style, and Voice
Professional and Technical Writing
Forms of Nonfiction
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Technical Editing
RS: Writing Ethnography (Mason Core)
Document Design
RS: Writing Nonfiction for Publication (Mason Core)
Topics in Writing and Rhetoric
Proposal Writing and Development
Interdisciplinary Courses
Introduction to Grant Writing
Writing for Artists
Peer Tutoring in Writing across the Disciplines
Writing across the Media
Business and Professional Communication
News Writing and Reporting
News Editing: Print and Beyond
Video: Performance and Writing
Writing for Public Relations
RS: Story Design for Computer Games
Health Communication
Science Writing
Total Credits9