Writing and Library Science Department

University of Wisconsin-Superior

Swenson Hall 3061
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880

ph. 715-394-8195

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Writing and Library Science Department

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Writing Minor

UW-Superior's Writing Program (housed in the Department of Writing and Library Science) is multi-faceted, offering the first-year writing courses, service courses in writing for students in specific majors, and a minor in writing. The minor in writing features a variety of courses in creative, professional, and academic writing.

Writing is fundamental to a liberal arts education. Practice in writing helps students respond more effectively to writing assignments in all their coursework. Further, the study of language, rhetoric, and writing helps students to become critical thinkers, and developing skills in argumentation and persuasion is essential to becoming engaged citizens. Finally, the study and practice of writing in its various forms provide an excellent opportunity for creative expression. The minor in writing is designed to allow students to study and practice writing for all of these reasons.

Academic and Professional Writing

UW-Superior offers students minoring in writing the chance to explore and hone their skills in various kinds of academic and professional writing, ranging from business and professional writing to persuasive writing to new media writing.

Creative Writing

UW-Superior offers creative writers an opportunity to practice a variety of creative genres under the guidance of skilled, published faculty members. The creative writing sequence offers courses in craft and writing at the introductory level in genres including poetry, fiction, memoir, and drama. At the advanced level, students can further develop their skills in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, nature writing, women's writing, and a variety of special topics in writing.

Degrees and Majors/Minors

Minor: Writing

Let's talk Writing

  • Writing students work with an experienced faculty and staff of practicing and published writers and scholars.
  • Students benefit from small class sizes, many taught in a workshop format.
  • The writing program combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience so graduates have a strong foundation in the art of writing.
  • The writing program collaborates with the Library Science experts to help students develop information literacy skills.
  • Students can enroll in advanced independent study courses to practice their preferred genre or undertake specific writing projects with one-on-one guidance and instruction.
  • Through an internship course, students have the opportunity to work at UW-Superior's Writing Center as writing consultants.

What can you do with a minor in Writing from UW-Superior?

Employers nationwide consistently rank written communication as a top required skill they look for in making hiring and promotion decisions. UW-Superior students in any major would benefit by adding a writing minor to their academic careers. Career options include the following:

  • Creative writer
  • Technical writer
  • Leadership positions in business, science, non-profit agencies, community arts organizations, social service, public service sectors, etc.
  • Editor
  • Public relations specialist
  • Journalist
  • Freelance writer
  • Magazine writer
  • Copy editor
  • Multimedia and new media writer/editor
  • Magazine writer
  • Book reviewer
  • Publications coordinator
  • Publisher's representative
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