1. Academic Writing (Select 1 course)

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

2. Rhetoric & Composition (Select at least 2 courses)

a. ENGL 381: Rhetoric
b. ENGL 387: Composition Theory & Pedagogy
c. Topics in Rhetoric & Composition (e.g. Queer Rhetoric, Digital Writing, Rhetoric and Gender, Civic Writing, Multimodal Rhetoric, American Activist Rhetoric, etc.)

3. 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 director(s) when complete (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.

4. Electives (At least 2 courses from two different disciplines other than English)

Sample electives:

a. Classics 225: Power, Persuasion, & Law
b. CISS 201: Legal Reasoning and Rhetoric
c. CISS 199: Writing about Policy and Data
d. History 225: The Civil Rights Movement
e. History 229: Great Revolutions of Latin America
f. Philosophy 225: Ancient Philosophy
g. Political Science 206: Public Policy
h. Political Science 245: American Political Development
i. Sociology 379: Women and Nonviolence
j. Sociology 399: Social Movements
k. Visual Studio Arts 105: Digital Art Studio I
l. Visual Studio Arts 204: Digital Art Studio II
m. Visual Studio Arts 205: New Media
n. Writing-related internship

Guidelines for Electives

  • 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.
  • Many courses in many departments could qualify as electives for the minor. The primary criterion comprises attention to the history, theory, or social manifestations of rhetoric or composition. For a specific course to count toward the minor, the course would need to 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.
  • You will be advised by a director of the minor to help discern fitting electives.
  • You could elect one English literature course (in addition to two electives from other departments and three required rhetoric and composition courses offered in the English Department), provided that this course dealt at least in part (30%) with interventions in public persuasion by literary artists and their works. English majors who declare this minor could count only the two required 300-level courses toward both this minor and the English major.