Writing

Writing Undergraduate Minor

About the Minor in Writing

Expand your communication skills with a minor in writing.

Students in all majors benefit when they can write clearly and effectively. The writing minor at California University of Pennsylvania teaches you to compose written works with clarity and style.

Students in this 18-credit college writing program learn the processes for writing in various genres, such as:

  • Business writing.
  • Science and technical writing.
  • Journalism.
  • Creative writing.
  • Scholarly writing.

This hybrid writing program includes on-campus and online courses. The minor in writing can be combined with any academic major at Cal U.

Good writers have a competitive advantage.

Consider this: Most prospective employers form a first impression based on the writing in your cover letter and resume. Once you’re hired, written communication has a place in every occupation, especially as workers move into management roles.

Whether you’re building a future in business, technology, healthcare, science or the arts, the minor in writing at Cal U can help you stand out and get ahead.

In the meantime, Cal U’s writing minor gives you the tools you need to solve writing problems in your coursework – and the ability to approach college writing assignments with skill and confidence.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Writing Minor

Top Faculty: Students who choose the writing minor learn from published writers. For example,  Dr. Brent House is the author of The Saw Year Prophesies, a collection of poetry published by Slash Pine Press; his collection The Lightered Prophesy was a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Dr. Christina Fisanick’s memoir, The Optimistic Addict: Recovering from a Binge Eating Disorder, was published by MSI Press, and she is co-authoring a second book, Digital Storytelling and Public History.

Career exploration: Students in the writing program may find internships that build skills in business writing, political communication, technical writing, journalism and other fields. Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center helps students connect with potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits.

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18 
Credits required to complete a writing minor at Cal U.
$48K 
Median annual salary for writers, according to payscale.com.

 

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Benefits of the Minor

Developing skill in writing allows you to express yourself clearly and concisely. Capable writers are likely to do better on papers assigned by their professors. Students who produce excellent written work also have greater access to publishing opportunities.

 
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Graduate Outcomes

Students who complete writing programs have an edge in the workplace, where the ability to produce effective reports, memos and other written documents may lead to career advancement. Writing skills also increase opportunities for community service and allow you to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

 
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Find Your Niche

After you complete the two composition courses required for the writing minor, you can explore a variety of genres, including technical, scientific, business, academic and creative writing. You’ll choose four writing courses that fit best with your academic major, your personal interests and your academic schedule.

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Added value

A minor in writing can add to your college experience and help your resume stand out. It demonstrates your interest in developing critical thinking and effective communication skills that complement your major field of study.

Writing Courses

Example Courses
  • Business Writing

  • Scientific and Technical Writing

  • Special Topics in Journalism Genres

  • Creative Writing: Fiction

  • Creative Writing: Drama

  • Internship in Professional Writing

  • Practical Criticism

  • Writing for Publication