Writing (Minor)

Writing (Minor)

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What is writing?

The writing minor will give you the critical and creative skills to succeed in the modern workplace. You’ll have the opportunity to study professional and technical writing, creative nonfiction, critical analysis, editing and journalism,and take classes and workshops in writing fiction and poetry. You’ll become skilled in critical thinking, analysis and communication.Combine this minor with a major such as business, communication, marketing, literature or the sciences to prepare for the writing demands in your future profession or graduate studies.

Why study writing at UNH?

This highly flexible program allows you to concentrate on the genre of writing of interest to you. The writing program at UNH features nationally recognized faculty who work closely with their students. The Department of English offers a number of institutes and programs that provide unique opportunities locally and abroad, as well as the Writers Series, where you’ll have the chance to connect with some of the finest contemporary poets, novelists and essayists currently at work.

Potential career areas

  • Business administration
  • Communications
  • Fiction writing
  • Journalism
  • Literary agencies
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Science writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Teaching

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Curriculum & Requirements

With employers stressing the importance of writing skills and the writing demands of all professions increasing, the writing minor is designed to serve students who want to demonstrate sustained work with writing. Students take a concentration of courses in creative writing or journalism, focusing on the creative and practical uses of writing. The completion of a writing minor will enhance the job prospects in fields where the demands for writing is higher than ever. The writing minor also serves students who want to use the imagination to develop stories, poems, essays and screenplays.

Students must complete at least five 4-credit courses (20 credits) from the list of approved courses. At least three of the courses must be at the 600 level or higher. ENGL 415s, "Literature and...," courses cannot be applied toward the English writing minor. The minimum acceptable grade for each course is C-. No more than two transfer courses can be applied toward the English writing minor. English literature and English teaching majors may declare a writing minor with the approval of their faculty adviser. A maximum of two English courses (8 credits) are allowed to double-count toward the literature or teaching major and writing minor. Other English Department majors are not eligible to declare a writing minor.

Courses that Count Toward the Writing Minor

ENGL 419How to Read Anything4
ENGL 501Introduction to Creative Nonfiction4
ENGL 502Professional and Technical Writing4
ENGL 503Persuasive Writing4
ENGL 526Introduction to Fiction Writing4
ENGL 527Introduction to Poetry Writing4
ENGL 602Advanced Professional and Technical Writing4
ENGL 621Newswriting4
ENGL 623Creative Nonfiction4
ENGL 625Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop4
ENGL 627Intermediate Poetry Writing Workshop4
ENGL 694Special Topics in Creative Writing4
ENGL 701Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop4
ENGL 710Teaching Writing4
ENGL 711Editing4
ENGL 721Advanced Reporting4
ENGL 722Feature Writing4
ENGL 729Special Topics in Composition Studies4
ENGL 791English Grammar4

At the beginning of your final semester of study at UNH, please fill out a Certification of Completion of Minor form and obtain signatures from your major advisor, the English department coordinator, and the Dean of your college.

Students interested in minoring in English writing may contact Carla Cannizzaro, coordinator of the Department of English, 230F Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313 with any questions. 

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