What is the Interdisciplinary Writing Minor Anyway?

Posted on: September 30, 2014

Recently, the Writing Program unveiled its new Interdisciplinary Writing Minor.

interdisciplinaryadj.
“Of or pertaining to two or more disciplines or branches of learning; contributing to or benefiting from two or more disciplines.”

Hey WFU students, come to the open house on October 21 to learn more about the interdisciplinary writing minor.

“interdisciplinary, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2014. Web. 30 September 2014.

From our website: “Students in the interdisciplinary Writing Minor will develop their academic, critical, and rhetorical writing skills in ways that enhance their major courses of study. By moving beyond the competencies introduced in the first-year writing seminar, the Writing Minor will provide students with opportunities to practice, refine, and extend their skills as academic, professional, and creative writers. The curriculum, composed of new and existing courses in rhetoric and writing, as well as writing-enhanced courses across the disciplines, prepares students to participate in various writing situations both inside and outside the academy. Because writing enhances reflection, reinforces learning, and improves critical thinking, the Writing Minor will provide students with the skills they need to excel in their majors, their professions, and their lives as engaged citizens.”

Or…

You can major in anything and minor in writing as a way to enhance your professional skills!

Folks minoring in writing will be able to…

  • Produce complex and well-supported arguments that matter in their contexts.
  • Use flexible strategies for organizing, revising, and proofreading writing of varying lengths and genres.
  • Identify and implement rhetorical choices responsive to the demands of specific genres, audiences, and rhetorical situations, both academic and non-academic.
  • Compose in a variety of modes, including a range of new media.
  • Identify the expectations that characterize writing in their major field of study, and use this knowledge to write effectively in a range of genres in that discipline.
  • Use meta-language regarding writing processes, rhetorical choices, genre expectations, and disciplinary discourse to discuss writing-in-progress and writing development over time.
  • Collaborate with other writers to improve writing-in-progress.

Want to learn more? Come to the minor open house Tuesday Oct. 21 at 5:30 in the Writing Center. Talk to faculty and learn why you should minor in writing. And there will be snacks.

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