Minor Requirements

The minor in writing offers writing experience to students with majors outside the English program. Students combine the minor with a wide range of other disciplines, including environmental studies, biomedical humanities, psychology, communication, history, and biology. This degree requires a firm commitment on the part of the student and approval by the writing faculty. There are two deadlines a year for submitting applications to pursue the minor in writing (November 1 and March 1). Students must apply by the end of their junior year. Students cannot count more than two courses toward the minor that are also being counted toward a major.

  • At least 17 credit hours in at least five courses are required.
  • No more than two (2) courses can also count for the student’s major.
  • No more than three (3) may be selected from the 20000-level sequence.
  • Students must take WRIT 22100 BASICS OF CREATIVE WRITING:CM.
  • One of the five courses can be a 3 or 4 credit hour internship, with approval of the Writing Minor Committee.

An electronic application form should be requested from Mary Quade and then submitted to her electronically at quademr@hiram.edu. Materials should be submitted as one file, including both of the writing samples. Students are not permitted to both major in English and minor in writing.

Course List:

WRIT 20500STYLE/GRAMMAR FOR WRITERS:CM3
WRIT 21500WRITING ABOUT:CM (topics vary)3
WRIT 22100BASICS OF CREATIVE WRITING:CM3
WRIT 24000SURVEY OF JOURNALISM4
WRIT 24600SPORTS JOURNALISM4
WRIT 28000SEM: (Special Topics)1-4
WRIT 28100INDEPENDENT STUDY1-4
WRIT 30400CRAFT & TECH: POETRY:CM4
WRIT 30500CRAFT&TECH:CREATIVE NONFIC:CM4
WRIT 30600CRAFT & TECH: FICTION:CM4
WRIT 30900CRAFT & TECH: SCREENWRITING:CM4
WRIT 31000TRAVEL WRITING1-4
WRIT 31100WRITING FOR BUSINESS4
WRIT 31200TECHNICAL WRITING4
WRIT 31300TEACHING/SUPERVISING WRIT:CM4
WRIT 31800MEMOIR3
WRIT 32000PROFESSIONAL EDITING3
WRIT 33300RHETORICAL CRITICISM:IM4

Minors also will be expected to give a public reading of work produced in their writing courses the spring of their senior year. Mary Quade, Paul Gaffney, Willard Greenwood, and Jeff Swenson serve on the Writing Minor Committee.