Minor in Writing (WRT)

Advanced knowledge of written communication helps learners in all disciplines to become better students, employees, citizens, and human beings. This minor complements nearly any choice of major concentration since writing competency is necessary in many upper-level courses and in most professions, regardless of subject area. The writing minor allows students a high degree of flexibility in choosing coursework that suits their interests and schedules.

Requirements for the Minor in Writing

Completion of the writing minor requires 18 credits. At least 12 of the 18 credits must be taken at Stony Brook University. Transfer credits are awarded solely by permission of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric Director. Courses taken for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Only a selection of elective courses are offered each semester.

Required course for all writing minors:

  • WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop

Elective courses for the minor (choose any five):

  • WRT 200 Grammar and Style for Writers
  • WRT 205 Writing about Global Literature
  • WRT 206 Writing about African-American Literature
  • WRT 301 Writing in the Disciplines: Special Topics
  • WRT 302 Critical Writing Seminar: Special Topics (with the following topics: Fiction Writing, Women Writing, Writing About Film, Environmental Writing, Writing for the New Media, Life Writing & Story Telling, Faith, Literature, and Writing)
  • WRT 303 The Personal Essay
  • WRT 304 Writing for your Profession
  • WRT 305 Writing for the Health Professions
  • WRT 381 Advanced Analytic and Argumentative Writing
  • WRT 392 Theories and Methods of Mentoring Writers
  • WRT 487 Independent Project
  • WRT 488 Internship
  • A Writing Intensive course from any other discipline on campus with the permission of the Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric