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Writing Minor

The writing minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Foundations (6 hrs.)

ENGL 200: Literature Matters
3 credit hours

One of three foundational courses for majors and potential majors in English, Literature Matters introduces students to a central set of problems in contemporary literary studies (for example, Identity and Empire, Shakespeare to Ondaatje). The course includes important canonical works as well as neglected or emerging writers. There is a focus on how to read and understand literature; how reading and writing literature influence identity, meaning and value; and how to develop strategies for reading, discussing, and writing about literary works. Attention is also given to narrative structure. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course in the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year. Offered spring semester.

ENGL 253: Grammar and Style
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-None.
CCPS-ENGL 150.

Students intensively investigate modern English grammar and usage. The course acquaints students with models of understanding and teaching grammar and with opportunities for experimenting with a variety of styles.

Imaginative Writing (6 hrs.)
Choose two courses from the following (3 hours must be upper division): 

ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-None.
CCPS-ENGL 150.

Expository writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another’s writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice and audience.

ENGL 266: Creative Writing I - Fiction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-None.
CCPS-ENGL 150
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Students learn techniques for and practice in writing fiction. The course focuses on student workshops.

ENGL 267: Creative Writing I - Poetry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-None.
CCPS-ENGL 150.

Students learn techniques for and practice in writing poetry.

ENGL 268: Creative Writing I - Nonfiction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-None.
CCPS-ENGL 150.

Students learn techniques for and practice writing nonfiction.

THTR 354: Writing for Stage and Screen
3 credit hours

Students study play and film structure, character creation and the art of writing dialogue. Course responsibilities include the writing of two short plays and/or films.

ENGL 366: Creative Writing II - Fiction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 266 or ENGL 267 or ENGL 268.
By participating in writing workshops, students learn advanced techniques for and practice in writing fiction.

ENGL 367: Creative Writing II - Poetry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 266 or ENGL 267 or ENGL 268.
This course trains students in advanced techniques for and practice in writing poetry.

ENGL 368: Creative Writing II - Nonfiction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 266 or ENGL 267 or ENGL 268.
This course provides advanced study of different kinds of nonfiction writing, with a practical emphasis aimed at preparing apprentice writers to publish their work as they become familiar with a wide range of publications.

Professional Writing and Editing (6 hrs.) 
Choose two courses from the following (3 hours must be upper division): 

COMM 221: Multimedia Writing
3 credit hours

Provides a writing foundation for multiple disciplines, including print journalism, broadcasting, web and public relations. Students will learn about compiling information effectively for audiences and presenting content through social media.

COMM 324: Feature Writing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 215, COMM 221.
Builds upon news writing fundamentals and journalistic principles presented in COMM 221, venturing beyond the reporting of routine events and into the realm of feature stories that illuminate, explain and entertain.

ENGL 251: Editing and Publishing
3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 253.
A practical course devoted to publishing and editing in both print and electronic media.

ENGL 320: Grant Writing and Research
3 credit hours

This course gives students practical experience researching and writing grant applications for not-for-profit agencies. Students from all disciplines are welcome.

ENGL 355: Small Press Publishing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 253.
This course provides an opportunity to explore book binding, book structures, limited-edition runs and writing for small?press publishing. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ENGL 397, 497: Internship
Variable credit hours

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

ENGL 455: Advanced Writing Workshop
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Any 300-level imaginative writing course such as THTR 354, ENGL 366, ENGL 367, or ENGL 368.
This intensive workshop provides writing majors a final opportunity to refine their poetry and prose. Students will be required to submit their work for publication and to create a professional portfolio.

Selected topics should be confirmed with the chair of English for consideration as major or minor credit.