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Students in any major program at Virginia State University may declare the Minor in Writing. Required courses in Rhetorical Traditions and Expository Writing provide the foundation for the program, which is rounded out by a practicum that lets students test their writing skills in real-world settings. The practicum also gives students work experience in the field. The remaining hours of study are satisfied with 300- and 400-level courses.

In order to enter the program, students must have completed ENGL 110 and ENGL 111 (Composition I and II) and passed the courses with at least a "C."

Coursework for the program is as follows:




Required Courses:

ENGL 341

Expository Writing


ENGL 421/521

Rhetorical Traditions


Four (4) courses from the following:


ENGL 343

Writing Poetry

ENGL 344

Writing Short Fiction

ENGL 345

Writing Creative Non-fiction

ENGL 440/540

Advanced Creative Writing

ASYM 301

Business Communications

ASYM 401

Business Reporting

ENGL 342

Technical Communication

ENGL 346

Practicum in Writing (1-3 semester hours)

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