Rhetoric and
Public Writing Minor

Strengthening Professional Writing Skills

The Rhetoric and Public Writing minor strengthens the professional writing skills of students of any major by teaching them how to use the analytical tools of a liberal arts education in non-academic settings. The core courses explore both the concepts involved in effective writing and the practice of those concepts in community and work-place settings. Electives allow students to deepen and enrich their knowledge base with related courses in other programs. Along the way, class projects and internships allow students to gain résumé-building experience. Students who complete this minor will be equipped with timeless skills that are more essential than ever in a rapidly changing world.

Req Course Cr’s
1 L.ENG-277: Rhetoric & Political Engagement 3
2 L.ENG-278: Grant & Proposal Writing 3
3 L.ENG-279: Writing for New Media 3
4 L.ENG-390: Writing as Social Action 3
Select one from:
5 ELECTIVE: L.ENG 237: Fiction Writing 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.ENG 238: Poetry Writing 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.ENG 236: Writing the Midwest Landscape 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.ENG 239: Creative Nonfiction Writing 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.ENG 380: Nature Writing 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.ENG 383: Nonfiction Literature & Workshop 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.ENG 384: Adv. Fiction Writing 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.ENG 385: Adv. Poetry Writing 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.ENG 389: Revision, Editing & Publishing 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.COM 164: Digital Imaging 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.COM 202: Public Relations Writing 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.COM 204: Organizational Communication 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.COM 262: Photojournalism (J-term) 3
5 ELECTIVE: L.COM 264: Desktop Publishing 3
5 CIT 322, 323, 324: (three one-credit courses in Web Publishing) 3
Select one from:
6 ELECTIVE: PHI 314: Computers, Ethics, and Society 3
6 ELECTIVE: POL 101: Issues in American Politics 3
6 ELECTIVE: POL 121: Issues in Global Politics 3
6 ELECTIVE: POL 201: Campaigns & Elections 3
6 ELECTIVE: POL 203: The Road to the White House 3
6 ELECTIVE: PSY 190: The Working Poor (J-Term) 3
6 ELECTIVE: REL 221: The Church’s Social Teachings 3
6 ELECTIVE: SOC 254: Race & Ethnicity 3
6 ELECTIVE: SOC 216: Social Problems 3
6 ELECTIVE: SOC 375: Social Movements 3
6 ELECTIVE: SPW 285: Asset Mapping Iowa Latinos 3
7 Three Credit Internship: 3
21 total required credits

Students completing the Rhetoric and Public Writing minor will successfully undertake a three credit internships at a site such as a non-profit or civic organization, a government office, or a business where they will apply concepts learning in their coursework to meet the needs of the broader community. Internship activities might include writing grants, designing informational materials, composing correspondence, editing documents, producing web content, or similar projects. Students should contact the Loras College Center for Experiential Learning to pursue internship possibilities.

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