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.


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Grant and Proposal Writing
In this course students explore and learn the complex process of securing funding for non-profit organizations. Students gain actual experience in grant writing through partnerships with community organizations.

Writing for New Media
This course focuses on concepts of effective online writing. Although specific writing platforms (websites, blogs, social media, etc.) change constantly, these concepts prepare students to adapt to these changes thoughtfully, ethically, and strategically.

Writing as Social Action
In this course students learn how to apply rhetorical concepts to community needs by partnering with local organizations on projects related to social justice, civic engagement, and public dialogue.

Creative Nonfiction Writing
An introductory level workshop in which students write and receive feedback on creative nonfiction essay forms. Students also analyze the writing techniques of published authors. Editing workshops focus on stylistic polish.

Rhetoric and Political Engagement
This course surveys the field of rhetoric (the study of argumentation), observing how these long-revered concepts come to life in political rhetoric of the twenty-first century.

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Minor Requirements


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 Political Campaign Communication 3
6 Communication Ethics-AV 3
6 Issues in American Politics 3
6 Issues in Global Politics 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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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.