1. Academic Writing (Select 1 course)

a. ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing
b. ENGL 210: Intermediate Academic Writing

2. Rhetoric & Composition (Select 2 courses)

a. ENGL 381: Rhetoric
b. ENGL 387: Composition Theory & Pedagogy
c. ENGL 391 and 392: Topics in Rhetoric & Composition (e.g. Queer Rhetoric, Digital Writing, Native American Expressive Traditions, etc.)

3. Electives (Select 3 Courses)

Sample electives:

  1. CISS 199: Digital Literacy
  2. CISS 201: Legal Reasoning and Rhetoric
  3. CISS 199: Writing about Policy and Data
  4. ENGL 368: African American Literature
  5. EDUC 234: Adolescent Literacy 
  6. EDUC 360: Research in Education 
  7. History 225: The Civil Rights Movement
  8. History 229: Great Revolutions of Latin America
  9. Political Science 206: Public Policy
  10. Philosophy 225: Ancient Philosophy
  11. Philosophy 399: Black Feminist Philosophy 
  12. Sociology 399: Social Movements
  13. Spanish 301: Composition and Conversation
  14. Visual Studio Arts 105: Digital Art Studio I
  15. Visual Studio Arts 205: New Media

4. Portfolio

As you complete the minor, you will be required to assemble an electronic portfolio of your work. These portfolios should be created as a Google Drive folder that is shared with the advisor during your senior year.  You are also welcome to host your own portfolio on a personal website. You can add any type of work created within the minor (papers, videos of speeches, digital projects, etc.), which you will curate with a reflection that explains the rationale for the collection and the overall goals realized by this minor.

Guidelines for Choosing Courses

  • Prior to applying for the minor, you need to meet with the advisor to help discern an appropriate curriculum.
  • You must select courses from three different departments to fulfill the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies requirement for any multidisciplinary minor; one of these departments will be English.
  • Courses in many departments could qualify as electives. These courses should focus on the history, theory, or practice of rhetoric and/or composition. For a specific course to count toward the minor, it should have approximately 30 percent of the course dedicated to these concerns. You are free to propose courses that may not be immediately identifiable as relating to this minor.
  • English majors who declare this minor could count only two courses toward both this minor and the English major.