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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
    
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Professional Writing, Literacies, and Rhetoric Minor


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Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

25 Credits

Introduction

The Professional Writing, Literacies, and Rhetoric (PWLR) Minor is a 25-credit minor that is open to students in any major. The PWLR Minor includes writing courses that focus on deepening and extending your rhetorical flexibility. These courses are designed to help you develop your capacity to invent, make, and examine texts, both print and digital, for wildly differing audiences, situations, and contexts, both inside and outside of the university. Do check the English Department web page for specific PWLR course offerings every quarter as topics frequently change, and different instructors teach the same course in different ways.

Courses taken for credit in minor programs in the English Department may not be counted toward English majors.

Why Consider a Professional Writing, Literacies, and Rhetoric Minor?

The versatility and flexibility that the PWLR Minor offers will benefit your work at the university and beyond because writing (or composing) effectively in different environments matters regardless of the life you’re chasing after. Simply put, writing, in whatever form it takes, can make lots happen - for you and for others.

 Contact Information

Professional Writing, Literacies, and Rhetoric Minor Advisor
Nicole Brown
Humanities 311
360-650-3014
Nicole.Brown@wwu.edu

 Sample Careers

While some careers are focused specifically on writing expertise (professional writing, technical writing, grant writing, literary writing, feature writing, reviewing, publishing, copy-editing, etc.), employers in almost every profession desire people with rhetorical awareness and a range of writing proficiencies. For example, a PWLR Minor will benefit project managers, user experience experts, game designers, teachers, medical professionals, engineers - you name it. All of the passions that you take up will almost surely involve some form of writing.

 Major/Career Resources

careercenter.wwu.edu/connectmajorcareer

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Meet in person or email the Professional Writing, Literacies, and Rhetoric Minor advisor, Nicole Brown, to declare this minor.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

Requirements


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