Writing Minor Requirements (20 credits)
The Writing Minor allows students to choose the forms and genres of writing they most wish to practice. Minors choose from courses in essay writing, media writing, creative writing, business writing, environmental writing, and more. The Writing Minor is highly adaptable and can be combined with any major to help students to develop the critical skill of writing effectively in their respective fields.
According to a recent survey of CSB/SJU Business Alumni, the overwhelming majority reported how writing skills are crucial. To succeed in their Business careers, they need the skills "to compose concise and understandable emails, well-constructed business reports, executive summaries on research issues, etc."
Our department supplements the study of writing with numerous events and opportunities - including internships, student readings, and visiting writers. Contact us to find out how to create a concentration in writing that complements your career goals and individual interests.
Elizabeth Schneider, '17
I have always taken an interest in English and creative writing: journaling, poetry, short stories, etc., but it was something I did on the side for fun. I came into college with a lot of credits, and even though I'm a Communication major, I wanted to use that space to add something to my major to help me stand out. A big part of being a successful communicator is being able to write well; adding on an English writing minor just made sense.
Emma Zvanovec, '18
I was interested in the English writing minor because I've always loved writing but I knew I wanted to be a Hispanic Studies major. I would recommend the minor because I think it makes a great addition to any major; writing is a very valuable skill.
Jenna Pettit, '18
I would recommend the writing minor because all of the classes are amazing and there are so many different options to choose from. The writing minor can be tailored to involve essay and nonfiction writing or poetry and fiction. Other English classes are also a part of the minor so you get to branch out and take two other English classes.