Writing And Creative Writing Minor

Writing Minor Requirements

1. Completion of three course credits from the courses listed below:

RHE-215: Introduction to Journalism
RHE-225: Journalism Workshop
RHE-255: The Essay
RHE-265: Professional Writing
RHE-275: Cultural Studies
RHE-285: Technical Writing
RHE-325: Advanced Journalism Workshop
RHE-335: Writers Colony
RHE-345: Nature Writing
RHE-355: Environmental Literature

2. Completion of an additional course credit from either the previous list of Rhetoric courses under #1 or any of the following courses:

    CRW-1XX: Topics in Creative Writing
    CRW-200: Beginning Playwriting (The One-Act Play)
    CRW-2XX: Poetry Workshop
    CRW-2XX Fiction Workshop
    HON-205: Honors Composition
    RHE-210: Journalism Practicum (5 terms)
    RHE-312: Topics in Composition (4 terms)
    RHE-315: Persuasion and Propoganda
    RHE-375: Advanced Writers Studio (2 terms)
    RHE-415: Advanced Writing Workshop (if not used for completion of requirement #4)
    RHE-805: Independent Studies in Rhetoric (when project content is appropriate; maximum of 1.0 course)
    RHE-845: Directed Studies in Writing (if not used for completion of requirement #4)
    RHE-895: Publications Practicum or Internship in Journalism (maximum of 1.0 course credit)

3. RHE-535: Rhetorical Theory and Practice

4. One of the following:

RHE-415: Advanced Writing Workshop
      OR
RHE-845: Directed Studies in Writing
     OR
Honors Thesis

Creative Writing Minor Requirements

1. One course in literature (ENG-)

2. CRW-1XX: Topics in Creative Writing

3. One of the following workshops:

CRW-2XX: Poetry
CRW-2XX: Fiction
CRW-200: Playwriting

4. One Advanced Workshop:

CRW-3XX: Advanced Poetry
CRW-3XX: Advanced Fiction
CRW-300: Advanced Playwriting

5. One elective from Creative Writing (CRW), or from English (ENG), or from the following list:

RHE-215: Introduction to Journalism
RHE-225: Journalism Workshop
RHE-255: The Essay
RHE-265: Professional Writing
RHE-285: Technical Writing
RHE-325: Advanced Journalism Workshop
RHE-335: Writers Colony
RHE-345: Nature Writing
RHE-845: Directed Studies in Writing

6. CRW-6XX: Seminar in Creative Writing

Description of Courses:

RHE-210 Journalism Practicum (5 terms)
For Cosmos staff members. Introduction to college newspaper production, with discussions on profes- sionalism, news gathering, ethics, advertising, layout, and computer skills. May be repeated each term a student serves on the Cosmos staff. Advanced students assist with instructing beginners. To receive credit, students complete a term of service to the Cosmos and participate in the workshops at the level agreed upon among the instructor, the editor-in- chief, and the staff member. Offered each term for 0.2 course credit. SIU only. A maximum of one credit may be applied to a Writing Minor and no more than one credit may count toward graduation. Credit for Journalism Practicum is regarded as internship credit and is governed by IV.F, p. 11 in the Catalog.

RHE-215 Introduction to Journalism
The fundamental principles and practice of reporting the news; focus on learning basic interviewlllg and news writing skills and understanding what makes a story newsworthy. Course examines the role and purpose of the press in a democratic society by dis- cussing such topics as the First Amendment, the rhetoric of objectivity, the future of journalism, and libel laws.

RHE-225 Journalism Workshop
Designed for writers and editors who wish to refine and expand their skills. Class topics and activities will vary according to the individual student's previous experience, but will frequently involve investigative reporting, complex story coverage, and professional ethics.

RHE-255 The Essay
Practice in writing a variety of essay forms in non-fiction prose; students read and discuss classic essay- ists chosen to represent a range of prose styles and subjects.

RHE-265 Professional Writing
Planning, drafting, revising, and presenting documents for business and professiona audiences; focus on effective writing and document design. Students compose a variety of texts-resumes, memos, letters, manuals, public relations materials, and/or reports, working both independently and collaboratively; students also give at least one oral presentation, based on a major writing assignment.

RHE-275 Cultural Studies
An exloration of American culture as a series of "texts" to be read, analyzed, and interpreted from a variety of rhetorical perspectives. Subjects for analysis may include meilia, art, architecture, lifestyles, entertainment, music, film, theatre, and a wide range ofliterary genres.

RHE-285 Technical Writing
Introduction to the effective communication of scientific and technical information for both specialist and non-expert audiences. Instruction in audience analysis, writing processes, research strategies, integration of graphics and visual information, and the designing, composing, revising, editing, and assessment of technical documents.

RHE-312 Topics in Composition (4 terms)
Designed for Wriring Center personnel. Focuses on wriring pedagogy, tutoring techniques, composition researcn, ana the conventions and strategies for wriring expository prose. Instruction takes place in weekly group meenngs and individual conferences. (0.3 course credit) May be taken for credit a maximum of four times.

RHE-315 Persuasion and Propoganda
Analysis of fundamental strategies in oral persuasion; practice of inquiry and communication techniques that enhance speaker effectiveness in a variety of social contexts.

RHE-325 Advanced Journalism Workshop
Conrinues work with reporting and ediring skills introduced in Journalism WorKshop. Emphasis on individual projects such as researchIDg a contempo- rary issue and/or wriring a series of well-developed arncles on a single topic. Prerequisite: Journalism Workshop (RHE-225).

RHE-335 Writers Colony
An intensive wriring workshop taught off campus; students engage in individual ana collaborative wriring projects. (Offered Mayor Summer Terms only.)

RHE-345 Nature Writing
A reading and writing course that combines the study of scientific literature on the natural world, an investigation of classic nature writing (e.g., Thoreau, Leopold, Eiseley, Olson, Lopez), and the composing of written texts based on personal experience in the outdoors. (Offered May Term, Summer Term, or at the Wilderness Field Station.)

RHE-355 Environmental Literature
Explores various cultural perceptions of the environment, particularly focusing on classic American environmental writers such as H. D. Thoreau, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Wendell Berry. Examines how various authors and organizations have attempted to define and influence the political, economic, social, and ethical debates on key environmental issues. Assignments include personal essay writing and a major research project on a contemporary environmental controversy.

RHE-375 Advanced Writers Studio (2 terms)
A small group, multi-genre workshop for experienced writers. (0.5 course credit) May be taken for credit a maximum of two times. Note: No more than 1.0 credit may be earned by enrolling in RHE-175 and RHE-375.

RHE-415 Advanced Writing Workshop
A multi-genre workshop for the serious writer, exploring the demands and possibilities in writing fiction, poetry, and various non-fiction forms. Focus on enlarging the writer's repertoire of strategies and skills; manuscripts revised in preparation for publication. Each student produces an end-of-term portfolio. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

RHE-535 Rhetorical Theory and Practice
Explores the forms and functions of written and spoken language, including the study of classical rhetoric (plato, Aristotle, Quintilian) and recent developments in discourse theory and the psychol- ogy of writing. Students examine different research strategies in the field of rhetoric and conduct a research project. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

RHE-805 Independent Studies in Rhetoric
Independent research projects in rhetorical studies, composition, and speech communication. May be taken for 0.5 or 1.0 course credit. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 2.0 credits. Maximum of one credit applicable to writing or speech major or minor, dependent on the subject of the research. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

RHE-845 Directed Studies in Writing
Completion of major writing projects under the direction of a faculty member. Registration by consent of instructor and after submission of a written project proposal to the Rhetoric Department. May be repeated for credit with the permission of the Del?artment. Prerequisite: Completion of three composition courses in the Rhetoric or English Departments.

RHE-895 Publications Practicum or Internship in Journalism
A student may receive practicum credit while holding the position and performing the duties of the main editor of one of the following campus publications: The Cosmos, The Acorn, The Coe Review, Colere, Mwendo, or The Pearl. Students interested in this option should consult the Student Handbook for the statement on editorial independence. The student must 1) successfully apply to the appropriate governing board for the chief editorial position, and 2) arrange with a supervising faculty member (or a staff member approved by the Rhetoric Department) an agreement for completing the practicum. The agreement normally specifies both skill development goals while in the position and specific projects to be undertaken for the development of those skills. The editor may expect to keep a journal and to meet approximately one hour per week with the supervisor as part of this practicum. Credit for Publications Practicum is regarded as internship credit (Rule IV.F, see Educational Program). Furthermore, credit is to be determined in each case by the Rhetoric Department in consultation with the student and the supervisor. Credit will be at least 0.5 course credit and will not exceed 1.0 course credit per term. No more than 2.0 course credits may be obtained by holding a single editorial position, and no more than 4.0 total course credits may be applied to graduation requirements. One course credit may be applied to the Writing Major or Minor. No credit applies to a major or a minor in English. Graded S/U only.

CRW-1XX Topics in Creative Writing
A beginning course that emphasizes basic skills in writing one or more forms of poetry, fiction, drama, or creative non-fiction. Students study classic examples and write original works in these forms. Topics vary depending on the instructor. Topics may include sonnets and other closed forms, fables and myths, literary fiction, fantasy, young adult fiction, Internet literature, one-act plays, or other forms. This course may be repeated, with the permission of the instructor, when the topic varies significantly.

CRW-200 Beginning Playwriting (The One-Act Play)
Explores the basics of playwriting through the study of dramatic structure, creative exercises, and reading and analysis of existing play scripts, with emphasis on the one-act play. Stuaents complete a one-act play script of their own creation. Open to all students. This is a writing emphasis course. Does not apply toward a major or minor in English.

CRW-2XX Poetry Workshop
Special attention to differences between closed forms ofrraditionalrhymed, metrical verse, and open forms, such as non-stanzaic and free verse. Prerequisite: Reading Literature (ENG-O55 or ENG-O65) and the consent of the instructor.

CRW-2XX Fiction Workshop
Emphasis on techniques of setting, plot, characteization, dialogue, timing and systematic architec- ture, and on a variety of narrative methods. Prerequisites: Reading Literature (ENG-055 or ENG-065) and consent of the instructor.

CRW-300 Advanced Playwriting (The Full-Length Play)
Focuses on the analysis and creation of play scripts of two acts or more. Emphasis is placed on the writing and marketing of the students own creative worK, cuhninatin,g in the completion and public reading of a full-length script. Prerequisite: Beginning Playwriting (CRW-200). Tills is a writing emphasis course. Does not apply toward a major or minor in English.

CRW-3XX Advanced Poetry Workshop
Advanced study of poetic forms and practice writing poetry. May be repeated with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: Poetry Workshop and consent of the instructor.

CRW-3XX Advanced Fiction Workshop
Advanced study of the short story and practice writing fiction at the advanced level. May be repeated with consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: Fiction Workshop and consent of the instructor.

CRW-6XX Seminar in Creative Writing
The capstone of the Creative Writing Major. Intensive workshop experience with emphasis on producing a writing portfolio, a collection of finished pieces of creative writing or an extended single manuscript such as a novel or full-length play. Seminar may be repeated for credit once with consent of the English chair. Prerequisite: Advanced Poetry Workshop (CRW-285) or Advanced Fiction Workshop (CRW-295); Advanced Playwriting (CRW-300); and consent of the instructor.

HON-205 Honors Composition
For each class meeting in this course, the student is asked to write an essay on a series of connected subjects. During class time, these essays are criticized in a workshop setting by both the instructor and the other class members. By consent of instructor. 


This information can be found in the 2003-2005 Course Catalog and the July 2004 Catalog Supplement.

 














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