Writing Studies (Minor)
Binghamton University, State University of New York
USD 7,070 *
Earliest start date
* for new York state residents | for out-of-state residents and international residents - $26,160
The Writing Studies minor is a home for students who believe that writing can be an integral part of their personal, professional, and academic success. Writing Studies is a research-based, interdisciplinary field that includes the study of digital media, professional and technical writing, academic, civic, and cultural rhetorics, and the theory and practice of writing pedagogy.
We’ve designed the minor so that your Writing Studies courses complement your major. We hope a history student interested in digital media, a chemistry student interested in science journalism, or an English major interested in marketing or advocacy will find courses that help them explore the role of writing in their careers. Our courses in professional writing, writing across platforms, and civic writing will enable you to explore how writing can be a powerful tool in your professional and creative lives.
To learn more about our courses, please see below for our core courses and courses accepted from other departments.
Scholarships and Funding
Students of exceptional achievement may be selected upon admission to Binghamton for one of three types of significant four-year scholarship commitments: President’s Scholarship, Provost’s Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship. There is no application process; awards are competitive and vary in amount. Full-time enrollment and minimum grade-point-averages are required to maintain eligibility.
Requirements for the Writing Studies Minor
- The Writing Studies minor requires 24 credit hours.
- At least four courses must come from the list of core courses offered by the Writing Initiative at Binghamton University; one of them must be WRIT 250: Foundations in Writing Studies.
- Up to two courses can be taken outside of the list of core courses, but must come from the list of approved courses; additional courses may be submitted for approval by the Writing Initiative to count toward the Writing Studies minor.
- At least three courses must be taken at the 300- or 400-level.
- Up to eight credits may be taken for an approved on or off-campus internship, which are the only credits that may be taken for a P/F grade option.
- The minimum requirement for all courses taken for a letter grade in the minor is C-.
- Advanced Placement credits do not count towards the minor.
- At least four of the courses in the student's minor program must be in addition to those counted toward fulfillment of the requirements for the student's major(s) and/or other
Required Core Course
WRIT 250: Foundations of Writing Studies (Offered Fall and Spring.)
- WRIT 110: Research and Rhetoric
- WRIT 111: Inquiry and Academic Writing
- WRIT 211: Introduction to Professional Writing
- WRIT 212: Writing Academic Arguments (WRIT 111 equivalent for transfer students)
- WRIT 222: Advanced Argumentative Writing
- WRIT 310: Marketing Communication
- WRIT 312: Surveillance and Social Media
- WRIT 330: How to Read an Essay
- WRIT 341: Writing About Happiness
- WRIT 342: Writing For Laughs
- WRIT 344: Reading and Writing Blogs
- WRIT 345: Writing & Producing Podcasts
- WRIT 346: Writing For and About TV
- WRIT 352: Finding Your Way as a Writer
- WRIT 491: Practicum in College Teaching
- WRIT 495: WRIT Internship
- All WRIT 381: Topics Courses
- All WRIT 497: Independent Studies