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Writing (Minor)

About the Program

The writing minor offers students an opportunity to design a writing program that coincides with their major and/or their career plans. Writing is perhaps the single most important skill students can develop, and the writing minor gives interested students a wide degree of flexibility in designing a program that increases that skill. The minor allows for the development of skills in creative writing, journalistic writing, and/or professional writing of various kinds. It should appeal to English majors, communication majors, and students in applied or professional areas seeking a strong writing component in their studies.

Students design their program with the coordinator of the Writing major, the English Department chair, or the Communication Department chair. Both the English Department chair and the Communication Department chair must approve the plan. Students can focus their minor program on creative, journalistic, or professional writing, or they can take a combination of courses from these different areas.

About the English Department

326 Ketchum Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5416
Fax: (716) 878-5700

Program Requirements

Total Required Credit Hours 18 cr

Required Course (3 cr)
ENG 201 The Craft of Writing

Elective Courses (15 credits; at least 12 credits must be upper-division)

English Department Courses

Creative Writing
ENG 170 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 305 Creative Writing: Narrative
ENG 306 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 402 Advanced Creative Writing: Narrative
ENG 403 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
THA 340 / ENG 340 Playwriting

Professional Writing
ENG 245 Writing about the Arts
ENG 300 Writing for the Professions
ENG 302 Technical Writing
ENG 409 Writing Grants and Proposals

Literary Genres
ENG 247 Nature Writing
ENG 266 The Personal Essay
ENG 320 Autobiography and Memoir
ENG 325 Creative Non-fiction

Communication Department Courses
COM 210 Introduction to Media Writing (This course is a prerequisite for later courses.)
COM 303 Print News I: Reporting
COM 304 Writing for Broadcast
COM 308 Public Relations Writing
COM 325 Feature Writing
*COM 390 Special Topics: Journalistic Writing

*COM390 may be repeated with a different title as topics vary.

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