Minor inWriting

Minoring in Writing involves studying the theory, methods and skills needed to write and edit a variety of materials, such as for journalism or creative writing.

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Writing Curriculum Overview

Minoring in Writing involves studying the theory, methods and skills needed to write and edit a variety of materials, such as for journalism or creative writing. You’ll learn to write clearly and persuasively, think independently, create original ideas, present alternative viewpoints and solve problems as you take 23 credit hours toward a writing minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

Prerequisites from General Education:
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ENG - 120 College Writing 4

The content of a writing course is writing. For students to become proficient writers in all disciplines, they need to learn how to read and analyze a variety of texts and then practice reading and analyzing texts from various disciplines. Through research and writing, students learn what others are saying and how to integrate those ideas into their own writing. Constant practice will guide students into developing their own voice and style. They will make conscious choices related to audience and academic conventions.

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Required: 7 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ENG - 220 Applied Grammar 2
ENG - 420 Persuasive Wrtng on Cont. Issu 4
ENG - 488 English Independent Study 0

To communicate clearly, students must correctly apply the rules that govern the English language. Through reading, discussion, and constant practice, students in this course will examine and use these rules to further develop their writing skills.

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Students in this course analyze essays by established writers of expository prose, read articles in current magazines and journals and meet with local writers invited into the classroom. Students also write their own creative non-fiction and keep journals. Both in workshops and in individual conferences, the course asks students to consider their own writing as a process that requires their attention to revising and editing. (Prerequisites: ENG120, ENG155)

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Independent study offers the opportunity to pursue advanced study in language, literature, or communication. Independent study is open only to students with substantial preparatory course work in the discipline involved.

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Electives: 16 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ENG - 221 Journalism 4
ENG - 222 Journalism Practicum 1
ENG - 228 Review Writing 2
ENG - 320 Writing in the Workplace 2
ENG - 324 Teaching Writing 1:1 2
ENG - 325 Creative Writing 4
ENG - 498 Internship 0

This course is an introduction to periodical journalism. It focuses on the contemporary practices, issues, and ethics of the profession. Students will practice extensive in-the field reporting and journalistic writing. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ENG120)

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Journalism II provides an opportunity for hands-on experience in all aspects of producing a newspaper: writing, editing, layout, photography, business management, etc. This course is strongly suggested for those who wish to contribute to The Sword (the Concordia student newspaper) on a regular basis. It is required for the Editor-in-Chief, Technical Editor(s), and Page Editors. Beginning writers and photographers are encouraged to sign up. This workshop style class meets one hour a week, usually in the evenings.

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This course will introduce students to the various roles of the review in our culture. Study of contemporary artifacts will provide a basis for understanding the balance of presentation, critique, and edification in reviewing. Students will both analyze and write reviews.

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Students in this course will examine the conventions of writing in the workplace. The particular topics of the course will vary depending on the semester. Some of the topics covered might include grant writing, copyrighting, writing for the web, public relations writing, or technical writing. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ENG120)

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Often, the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Students in this course will do just that: improve their own writing, editing, and tutoring skills while helping others express their ideas in writing, develop their own writing voice, and edit their own work. Students will apply what they learn from readings, discussions, and writing assignments by tutoring in the Writing Center each week. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

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This course will examine the basic elements of short fiction and poetry and will require students to experiment with both genres. The class is run as a workshop: the main focus will be on the discussion of each other's work. It is also, to a certain extent, a literature course, since what one reads strongly influences what one writes. Assigned readings are intended to give students a fuller understanding of technique as well as a range of artistic possibilities. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG120 and ENG155)

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Students participate in a variety of internship programs in editing, publishing, broadcasting, television and public information under the supervision of the faculty and the director of internships for the company or organization granting the internship. (Prerequisites: ENG120, ENG155)

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

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