Explore the role of writing and communication in knowledge-making, primarily in academic, professional, and public contexts. Gain confidence writing and communicating in these contexts and gain the perspective you need to think critically about the diversity and complexity of writing and communication practices in different contexts.
The Minor in Writing and Communication provides students with a way to explore the role of writing and communication in their own academic disciplines, as well as within and across other academic disciplines, professional and cultural communities, public contexts. Students are introduced to key theories, principles, ideas, and debates in the field, and enjoy ample opportunities to practice and improve their writing and communication skills in various contexts, genres, and modes. Students will engage with key questions about the role of writing and communication in knowledge-making, epistemic injustice, anti-racism, decolonization and reconciliation, and ableism.
Students can complement their major field of study by improving their writing and communication skills and expanding their knowledge of writing and communication practices used in their field or to communicate outside their field.
The Minor is taught by the School’s experienced professors and instructors, recognized as leaders and innovators in Writing Studies.
Students are required to take one 200-level foundations course (WRDS 200), one 400-level three-capstone course (WRDS 400), and two 300 and 400 level WRDS courses. Students pursuing the Minor will also be required to take nine credits from a list of approved courses that explore the writing and communication practices used in specific communities or contexts to make knowledge, with an emphasis on academic, professional, and public contexts, including practices associated with specific cultures, genres, media, or modes.