Explore the role of writing and communication in knowledge-making, primarily in academic, professional, and public contexts.

Develop an intellectual framework from key theories, principles, ideas, and debates in the field, and improve writing and communication skills in various contexts, genres, and modes through multiple practical engagements. Learn how to make knowledge and mobilize action from JWAM’s professors and instructors, who are widely recognized innovators and leaders in Writing Studies.

Program Overview

The Minor in Writing and Communication provides students with a forum for deeper exploration of the writing and communication practices used in their own academic discipline, as well as within and across other academic disciplines, professional and cultural communities, and public contexts.

The Minor in Writing and Communication has four overarching goals:

- Create a Coordinated Program of Study: To recognize, celebrate, and leverage existing curriculum from across diverse fields of study – and develop new, complementary, interdisciplinary curriculum – to offer students a coordinated means of studying writing and communication within and across academic, professional, and public contexts, under one program of study.

- Build Student Confidence and Practical Skills: To provide an engaging program of study that addresses the needs and interests of students who are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the writing and communication practices that are essential to thrive at UBC and beyond – as knowledge-makers and change-agents – and gain confidence and practical skills in writing and communicating in various contexts.

- Foster Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Learning: To provide students with a distinctly multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary educational experience that highlight the multiple and diverse communication practices that are used and that students need to navigate the contemporary world in various academic, professional, and public contexts.

- Foster Critical Thinking and Inclusive Excellence: To provide students with a program of study that encourages and enables them to tackle pressing questions about the role of writing and communication in the exercise of power: practices of marginalization, objectification, and exclusion; practices of misinformation and disinformation; ongoing histories of discrimination, racism, and colonialism.

It is designed to help students gain confidence in writing and communicating across contexts and think critically about the diversity and complexity of writing and communication practices. 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.

After completing the Minor in Writing and Communication, students will be able to:

- Understand writing and communication as social practices and knowledge-making activities that shape – and are shaped by – the communities and contexts in which they are used. (LO1)

- Identify a wide range of writing and communication practices used to make and maintain knowledge, share knowledge, mobilize knowledge as action, and to foster change, in the contexts and communities in which they are used. (LO2)

- Evaluate and Critique writing and communication practices and the knowledge-making practices they embody and enact, taking into consideration their contexts of use, their historical implications, and their practical effects. (LO3)

- Apply theories and principles of writing and communication to design, produce, review, and revise a variety of knowledge-making texts (in a variety of genres and modes) that are accessible, relevant, and actionable for their specific audiences. (LO4)

- Adapt writing and communication practices and their processes to reflect on, experiment with, and transform established ways of knowing and producing knowledge. (LO5)

Degree Requirements

Students are required to take one 200-level foundations course (WRDS 200), one 400-level 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. All courses can be taken in any order. However, it is advised that WRDS 200 be taken at the beginning and WRDS 400 be taken at the end of the program.

Who can take these courses?

Any student can take these courses whether they are declaring the minor or not.

Declaring a Minor

The Minor in Writing and Communication is open to all UBC undergraduate students in degree programs that allow you to complete a minor in the Faculty of Arts.

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