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Communication, Writing and Design Minors

Communication Minor

• Mass Media (COM 1011)
• Interpersonal Communication COM 2000)
• Intro to Journalism (COM 2011)
• Mass Communication Law & Ethics (COM 3005)
Select one or more from the remaining appropriate courses from the major


Graphic Design and Multimedia Minor

This minor will include the following courses, for a total of 24 credits:
• Drawing I (VAR 1005)
• Introduction to Computer Graphics (VAR 1000)
• Graphic Design I (VAR 2016) – Prerequisite: VAR 1000
• Typography (VAR 2008) – Prerequisite: VAR 2016
• Graphic Design II (VAR 2017) – Prerequisite: VAR 2008
• History of Graphic Design (VAR 2007) – Prerequisite: VAR 1000 and 2016

Film Minor

• Film Appreciation (COM1014)
• Choose 12 credits from: COM2040, COM 2041, COM2111, COM2030, COM3041 or COM3042


Professional Writing Concentration (for English Majors):

Required Courses:
• WRI 2100 Introduction to Professional Writing 4 credits
• WRI 4180 Internship or Individually Designed Capstone Project 4 credits
Professional Writing Elective Options (choose two courses from the following, only one of which may be from Communication):
• WRI 3140 Writing for Civic Engagement 4 credits
• WRI 3160 Writing for a Digital World 4 credits
• WRI 3180 Rhetorical Theory: The Rhetorical Tradition 4 credits
• COM 3013 Non‐Fiction Freelance Writing and Editing 4 credits
• COM 3018 Writing for Public Relations 4 credits

Professional Writing Minor (for non‐English Majors):

The minor in Professional Writing is a five course (20 credit) designed to introduce students to the current conversations in the field, offer them a theoretical
foundation to writing and rhetoric, offer opportunities to learn to write for almost any professional purpose, audience, or format, and strengthen a student’s professional writing skills.

Required Courses:
• WRI2100 Introduction to Professional Writing 4 credits
• WRI 4180 Internship or Individually Designed Capstone Project 4 credits
Writing Electives (choose two from the following options – only one may be in Communication):
• WRI 3140 Writing for Civic Engagement 4 credits
• WRI 3160 Writing for the Digital World 4 credits
• WRI 3180 Rhetorical Theory: The Rhetorical Tradition 4 credits
• COM 3013 Non‐Fiction Freelance Writing and Editing 4 credits
• COM 3018 Writing for Public Relations 4 credits


The Writing Collaboratory: The Writing Collaboratory offers peer‐to‐peer tutoring to students of all majors seeking assistance with their writing skills. The Writing Collaboratory also offers advanced students of all majors skilled in writing the opportunity to gain valuable experience working one on one as peer tutors.