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Writing Minor

Revised Starting Fall 2024

(New Requirements Effective in Fall 2016)

Eastern’s minor in writing allows students to explore writing – from the imaginative to the persuasive, from fiction to political blogs, from graphic novels to video essays – as both writers and critics. Given the importance of clear written and multimodal communication in nearly every profession, the writing minor is an ideal complement to any major. The variety of courses in which writing is the subject of study enables students to develop their particular interests and goals, whether in creative writing, rhetoric, business writing, editing and publishing, or any combination of these. 

The Writing Minor consists of 18 credits. (See “Course Options” below.) For English majors, 9 of the 18 credits must be earned in addition to the 39 needed to fulfill the English major requirement. Thus, an English major with a Writing Minor will be required to complete 48 total credits in English beyond the LAC. (Note: under the old major, English majors with a writing minor will need to compete the 42 credit major and an additional 9 credits, for a total of 51 credits.)

Only three credits of Internship credit (in ENG 491, 492, 493, or 495) may be counted toward the Writing Minor.

Courses to be counted must receive a grade of C or higher.

Approval of a course of study for the Writing Minor program by the English Department chairperson is required.

Course Options:

At Least 18 Credits from the following

  • ENG 205 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 206 Digital Composition
  • ENG 207 Forms in Creative Writing
  • ENG 237 Encoding Electronic Texts
  • ENG 238 Literary Magazine Editing
  • ENG 241 Critical and Creative Thinking
  • ENG 271 Classical Rhetoric, Modern Contexts
  • ENG 300 Business and Technical Writing
  • ENG 301 Writing Fiction
  • ENG 302 Writing Poetry
  • ENG 305 Composing Digital Narratives
  • ENG 306 Digital Rhetorics and Literacies
  • ENG 308 Playwriting
  • ENG 353 Storytelling
  • ENG 362 Writing for Digital Environments
  • ENG 370 Composition Theory & Pedagogy
  • ENG 371 Rhetoric and Cultural Studies
  • ENG 372 Creative Writing Abroad
  • ENG 373 Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENG 374 Rhetoric of the Hollywood Film
  • ENG 376 Advanced Forms, Theory, and Practice in Creative Writing
  • ENG 380 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG 381 Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • ENG 382 Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • ENG 383 Literary Publishing
  • ENG 393 Chicana & Latinx Rhetorics
  • ENG 480 Independent Study in Creative Writing or Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENG 481 LAW Independent Study in Writing for Publication
  • ENG 491 Tutor in the Writing Center
  • ENG 492 Tutor in College Writing
  • ENG 493 Teaching Assistantship in Writing
  • ENG 495 Internship in Writing and Editing

*Writing Minor (Writing Requirements prior to Fall 2016)