Effective communication has become increasingly important to employers and all educated people in today’s world. The ability to write well adds to students’ confidence that they will perform well in their chosen careers.
The writing minor allows students who have an interest in writing to develop their abilities further. And it gives students in all majors the chance to develop and improve their writing as an enhancement to their primary field of study.
The minor also offers students the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience through the internship option.
Cedar Crest’s writing minor is designed for students of all academic disciplines, including:
- English with a Literature Concentration
- Media Studies
- Political Science
- Secondary Education
Note: Students who major in English may instead choose the Writing Concentration to pursue their interest in writing.
The writing minor requires 18 credits of coursework.
- ENG 235: Topics in Nonfiction Writing is required for the minor.
In addition, students choose 15 credits from among the following courses:
- BUA 300 Writing for Management 3 credits
- COM 150 Introduction to Journalism 3 credits
- COM 152 The Crestiad Staff 1-3 credits
- ENG 200 Literary Analysis 3 credits
- ENG 203 Literary Research Methods 3 credits
- ENG 233 Creative Writing: Fiction 3 credits
- ENG 234 Creative Writing: Poetry 3 credits
- ENG 333 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction 3 credits
- ENG 334 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry 3 credits
- ENG 335 Advanced Nonfiction Writing 3 credits
- HON 194 Honors: Creative Writing 3 credits (enrollment in the Honors Program is required)
In addition to the permanent selections listed above, appropriate courses offered under special topics or other courses with the WRI-2 designation may count for the minor.
Students may also choose to complete a 3-credit internship (department approval is required).
Students must also receive departmental approval to have a course count for the minor if the same course is also being used to fulfill another major or another minor.
No more than two courses from a student’s major may be used to satisfy the requirements for the writing minor.
The writing minor is committed to the mission of the College and of the English program; in particular, it addresses the College’s focus on the liberal arts and creativity, as well as on women’s leadership. The mission of the Writing Minor is twofold: to encourage students to develop their creativity by producing a series of original works and to help students prepare for careers that require effective communication and creative problem-solving.