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.)
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. May be repeated when topics vary.
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 (one must be upper division):
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.
Prerequisite: DAY-None. CCPS-ENGL 150. Students learn techniques for and practice in writing fiction. The course focuses on student workshops.
Prerequisite: DAY-None. CCPS-ENGL 150. Students learn techniques for and practice in writing poetry.
Prerequisite: DAY-None. CCPS-ENGL 150. Students learn techniques for and practice writing nonfiction.
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.
Professional Writing and Editing (6 hrs.)
Choose two (one must be upper division):
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.
It is recommended that students have completed prerequisite ENGL 253 in order to be successful in this course. A practical course devoted to publishing and editing in both print and electronic media.
This course gives students practical experience researching and writing grant applications for not-for-profit agencies. Students from all disciplines are welcome.
Prerequisite: ARTZ 123, ENGL 200, ARTZ 210. This course provides an opportunity to explore book binding, book structures, limited-edition runs and writing for small?press publishing.
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.
Advanced Writing Workshop. 3 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.