A new Minor in Writing is now being offered to undergraduate students at Michigan State University. This new minor, housed in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC), will be available to students starting in the Fall 2021 semester.
“This is a great opportunity for students who are specializing in a non-writing major but want to bring a writing toolbox to their work,” said Kate Fedewa, Lead Learning Experience Designer for the minor and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs for the WRAC Department. “The minor is flexible and student-oriented — just about every student would benefit from signing up.”
This is a great opportunity for students who are specializing in a non-writing major but want to bring a writing toolbox to their work.Kate Fedewa, Lead Learning Experience Designer for the new minor
This new program will mix core courses with electives to help students tailor their experience to their own goals. All students in the minor will take WRA 202 (Introduction to Professional and Public Writing) and WRA 330 (Writing and Research in Communities and Cultures). Students also will choose three or four more courses that fit their major field, the media that interests them, and the writing skills they most want to develop.
“We interviewed faculty across campus and industry professionals,” said Kate Birdsall, a member of the minor’s curriculum design team. “Almost everyone we talked to shared stories about the importance of effective writing in their field. They insisted the minor include classes on digital and print writing as well as professionalization skills and working with specific audiences.”