Rhetoric and Public Writing Minor

Enrich your professional writing skills with a minor in Rhetoric and Public Writing

The Rhetoric and Public Writing minor is designed for students who want to distinguish themselves as excellent writers in whatever professional or community roles they may play. Students in this minor learn how to apply the analytical tools of a liberal arts education to community and workplace settings.

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Student Experience

Learn ways to research and write thoughtfully, ethically, and strategically along with discovering the timeless, essential concepts behind effective composing helps students not only be successful writers today, but also sets them on a path to be even better writers ten years from now.

Class projects and internships help students build their professional networks and gain résumé-building experience. Students completing the Rhetoric and Public Writing minor will successfully undertake an internships at 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. Student projects and internships help build professional networks and gain résumé-building experience.

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Community Involvement Examples

Loras students collaborate with a community partner as they prepare to write a grant proposal.

Students learning about visual rhetoric and analyzing how history is represented in the monuments and memorials at a local park.


Students will complete the following requirements in order to achieve a minor in Rhetoric and Public Writing.

Rhetoric and Public Writing Minor Requirements

Division of Language & Literature
Kate McCarthy-Gilmore, Ph.D., Chair

Requirements for the minor in Rhetoric and Publics Writing:

Req Course Cr’s
1 Rhetoric & Political Engagement-E 3
2 Grant & Proposal Writing 3
3 Writing for New Media 3
4 Writing as Social Action 3
Select one from Req 5
5 Fiction Writing 3
5 Poetry Writing 3
5 Writing the Midwest Landscape-EC 3
5 Creative Nonfiction Writing-AA, EC 3
5 Nature Writing 3
5 Nonfiction Literature & Workshop 3
5 Adv. Fiction Writing 3
5 Adv. Poetry Writing 3
5 Revision, Editing & Publishing 3
5 Digital Imaging 3
5 Public Relations Writing 3
5 Organizational Communication 3
5 Photojournalism (J-term) 3
5 Desktop Publishing 3
5 Web Publishing 3
Select one from Req 6
6 Political Campaign Communication (J-term) 3
6 Communication Ethics-AV, VX 3
6 Issues in American Politics-EI 3
6 Issues in Global Politics-EI 3
6 Campaigns & Elections 3
6 The Road to the White House 3
6 The Working Poor (J-Term) 3
6 Catholic Social Teachings 3
6 Race & Ethnicity 3
6 Social Problems 3
6 Social Movements 3
6 Asset Mapping Iowa Latinos 3
7 Three Credit Internship: 3
21 total required credits

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English Literature Major
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Supporting Your Investment

Loras takes great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We have scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a writing center for student?

Yes, if it involves writing, we’re here to help! The Loras College Writing Center offers one-on-one sessions with trained tutors to assist students with writing projects. Tutors will work with students from across campus on every stage of the writing process: brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting, revision, and polishing. To learn more email naomi.clark@loras.edu. or visit our writing center resources page.

How long will it take me to earn my Loras degree?

Most students earn their undergraduate degree in four years or less. If you have questions about transferring any previously earned credits or degrees, please see our Transfer Student Information.

How much is tuition?

At Loras College, financial access to education is one of our defining values. We are committed to helping all of our students make their degree affordable. We partner with every student and family to understand their unique financial needs ensuring 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We offer Scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need. Loras is consistently ranked as one of the best universities for return on investment.  View our Tuition and Fees page.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Submit your federal FAFSA, apply to Loras College and visit loras.edu/financial-aid for information, scholarship opportunities and much more.