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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English

113 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2676
Fax: 330-672-3152

The Writing minor provides academic recognition to students who have demonstrated their ability in writing. The minor helps students establish eligibility for graduate programs in writing. It is also evidence of training that may be offered to prospective employers.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  Writing Courses  
  ENG 40010 Writing Portfolio 1 2
  Choose from the following: (maximum two courses at the 20000-level) 12
  ENG 20002 Introduction to Technical Writing (3) 1  
    20021 Introduction to Creative Writing (3) 1  
    30050 Writing and Rhetoric in a Digital Age (3) 1  
    30051 Writing, Rhetoric and New Media (3)  
    30062 Principles of Technical Writing (3) 1  
    30063 Business and Professional Writing (3)  
    30064 Argumentative Prose Writing (3) 1  
    30065 Expository Prose Writing (3) 1  
ELR    30066 Writing in the Public Sphere (3) 1  
    30067 Fiction Writing I (3) 1  
    30068 Fiction Writing II (3) 1  
    30069 Poetry Writing I (3) 1  
    30070 Poetry Writing II (3) 1  
    30071 Creative Nonfiction (3) 1  
    30072 Editing and Publishing: Fiction and Nonfiction (3) 1  
    38895 Special Topics in Writing (3) 1  
ELR   42092 Writing Internship (3) 3  
  JMC 20004 Media Writing (3) 2  
    40037 Scriptwriting for Video and Film (3) 1  
  PAS 22000 Creative Writing in the Black World (3) 1  
WIC THEA 41026 Playwriting (3)  
    41027 Advanced Playwriting (3) 1  
  Cognate courses: choose from the following: (maximum one courses at the 20000-level) 9
  COMM 25464 Argumentation (3) 1  
    25902 Communication Theory (3) 1  
KHU/DD   26000 Criticism of Public Discourse (3) 1  
  ENG 31001 Fundamental English Grammar (3) 1  
    31002 History of the English Language (3) 1  
    31003 Linguistics (3) 1  
    31095 Special Topics Linguistics (3) 1  
    39595 Special Topics Literary Criticism (3) 1  
    36001 Literary Criticism (3)  
    39895 Special Topics: Rhetoric and Composition (3) 1  
ELR   43092 Teaching Poetry in the Schools (3) 1  
KSS/DD JMC 20001 Media, Power and Culture (3)  
    40022 Film as Communication (3) 1  
  PHIL 31060 Aesthetics (3) 1  
WIC   41080 Philosophy and Art in the Modern Age (3) 1  
  PSYC 40461 Psychology of Language (3) 1  
  TRST 30230 Approaches to Translation (3) 1  


1 Course has prerequisites that must be taken prior to enrollment in minor. See the course descriptions for prerequisite information.

2 Overrides are available from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at 330-672-2582.

3 This requirement may be met by placements and the Kent State University Press, The Writing Internship, Institute for Bibliography and Editing, WICK Poetry Center or others.

Students may apply to the program coordinator for permission to use special topics courses and other appropriate courses not listed in the curriculum to satisfy the cognate requirement.

Students in the College of the Arts may request that specific courses in art, music, communication studies, and journalism and mass communication be accepted as meeting the cognate area requirements.

Students in the College of Communication and Information may request that specific courses in communication studies and journalism and mass communication be accepted as meeting the two cognate area requirements.

Minimum cumulative 2.000 GPA required for graduation.

Students must complete at least two upper-division courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F). For information on the major Residence Requirements please visit the University Residence Requirements policy.