Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

Minor Map

Learn how to turn words into actions. Improve your communication skills, enhance your professional qualifications and career prospects, and ready yourself to help change the world.

Program Description

The minor in writing, rhetorics and literacies teaches students to create new knowledge and reason, and to read, write and act in robust and significant ways to meet the new challenges of the present and the future.

Students study the ways communication creates knowledge and action and how that communication is constructed, circulated, reacted to and repurposed through time and place. They explore the history, theories and methods of inquiry as well as pragmatic and social actions of rhetoric, writing and literacies.

Program Requirements

The minor in writing, rhetorics and literacies consists of 18 credit hours. At least 12 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level, with a minimum of six upper-division credit hours from courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a scale of 4.00) or better to satisfy minor requirements.
Required Courses -- 6 credit hours
Directed Electives (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
Elective Minor Courses -- 6 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in English (all concentrations)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors. A minor in writing, rhetorics and literacies can benefit those who pursue careers in writing, editing or publishing.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Writers and Authors

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 73150


  • Growth: -4%
  • Median Salary*: 73080

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 66930

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.2%
  • Median Salary*: 74280

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 73150

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 1%
  • Median Salary*: 62360

News Analysts, Reporters and Journalists

  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 55960

Public Relations Specialists

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 67440
  Bright Outlook

Technical Writers

  • Growth: 6.9%
  • Median Salary*: 79960
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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