Department of Writing Studies Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Coursework

Writing Studies is an interdisciplinary minor which draws from established research in a wide range of fields including rhetoric and composition, classics, philosophy, religious studies, digital cultures, Australian studies, and higher education studies.

Students will learn to combine various research methods including rhetorical, discourse and textual analysis to examine written, spoken and visual texts at various stages of production from conception to transmission and consumption. We teach students to consider, apply and control stylistic options in relation to prose style, figurative language, voice, register, tone and word choice. We encourage students to think creatively and imaginatively to produce effective written assignments according to the specific guidelines of a range of academic disciplines. Students will understand rhetoric as the theoretical foundation of writing and recognize how rhetoric is used in various textual practices and discourse communities.

The Writing Studies Minor will cultivate the ability to identify the historical, analytical, and ethical dynamics of written, oral, digital and visual communication, its material and cultural contexts, and its associations with power. Our units of study will strengthen students’ academic and professional writing and increase their confidence in critical thinking, argumentation, global awareness, and composition. Students who complete this minor will be able to critically engage with conventions of academic and professional writing and to produce reasoned, rhetorically sound arguments across a range of genres applying language consistent with appropriate disciplinary, cultural and professional conventions.

Writing Studies Minor

Requirements for Completion

A minor in Writing Studies requires 36 credit points from the Writing Studies table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level core units

WRIT1000 Introduction to Academic Writing and WRIT3000 Workplace Communications are open to all students across the university whether or not they are enrolled in the Writing Studies Minor.

Writing Studies units are offered over four semesters: First, Second, Summer and Winter. Learn more about the units currently taught within the Department here.