University of Minnesota
Department of Writing Studies

Department of Writing Studies

Graduate Minors

Graduate Minor in RSTC

The Writing Studies graduate minor in Rhetoric & Scientific and Technical Communication is available for students enrolled in other graduate programs. By taking 6 credits (for a masters minor) or 12 credits (for a doctoral minor), students can benefit from Writing Studies courses and seminars in the areas of our primary focus: rhetorical theory and history, technical communication, technology and culture, digital and new media studies, and writing pedagogy.

For example, our two-semester rhetoric survey goes from the Classical era to contemporary theories and practices. Technical communication offerings include usability and human factors, visual rhetoric, editing and style, and information design. Recent seminars have been on mashing culture, theory and history of literacy, emerging genres in the internet, pedagogy for the digital age, and the body as text in law, public policy, and medicine.

Doctoral minor students are required to take one course in rhetorical theory and history.

Graduate Minor in Literacy & Rhetorical Studies

M.A. and Ph.D. students in Writing Studies (and other departments) may consider minoring in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies (LRS). Housed in the Center for Writing, this interdisciplinary minor offers opportunities to interrogate issues related to writing and literacy with faculty members from disciplines across the University. Students will craft individualized programs that complement their major degree programs and opens new perspectives for scholarship and teaching. Previous LRS students' interests have included (but are not limited to): historical, feminist, and cultural analysis of literacy and rhetoric; theories and practices of writing pedagogy; reading and writing in non-academic settings; and effects of technology on literacy practice.