Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Literacy Minor

The minor in composition, rhetoric, and digital literacy emphasizes both conceptual and practical concerns related to composing, digital culture, and communication. Our courses involve hands-on, communication-intensive work and range from advanced writing classes to courses covering networked and multimedia composition.

Requirements 

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor requires 15 hours and may be earned by taking five courses in the minor.

Core Requirements
At least one (and up to five) of the following courses:3-15
Professional Writing and Editing
Professional Writing in Health and Medicine (Interdisciplinary)
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Professional Writing in the Arts
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Professional Communication for Social Movements
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Scientific and Technical Communication
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Business Communication
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Legal Communication
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Multimedia Composition H
Up to four courses from the list of electives to reach the five course total (see list below)0-12
Up to one of the five courses may be from the list below of courses that fulfill the Communication Intensive (CI) General Education requirement0-3
Total Hours15
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Elective Courses

ENGL 115IDEAs in Action General Education logo History of the English Language3
ENGL 116IDEAs in Action General Education logo History of Writing: From Pen to Pixel3
ENGL 117IDEAs in Action General Education logo Arguing on the Internet: Rhetoric in the Age of Social Media3
ENGL 119Picture This: Principles of Visual Rhetoric 3
ENGL 127IDEAs in Action General Education logo Writing about Literature3
ENGL 130IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Fiction Writing3
ENGL 131IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Poetry Writing3
ENGL 132HIDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Honors: Introduction to Fiction Writing3
or ENGL 133H IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Honors: Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENGL 136IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Publishing Industry: Editing, Design, and Production3
ENGL 137Digital Literature3
ENGL 138IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Creative Nonfiction3
ENGL 149IDEAs in Action General Education logo Digital Composition3
ENGL 150IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introductory Seminar in Literary Studies3
ENGL 213Grammar of Current English3
ENGL 215English in the U.S.A. H3
ENGL 283IDEAs in Action General Education logo Life Writing H3
ENGL 295IDEAs in Action General Education logo Undergraduate Research Seminar H3
ENGL 300Professional Writing and Editing3
ENGL 300IProfessional Writing in Health and Medicine (Interdisciplinary)3
ENGL 301IDEAs in Action General Education logo Professional Writing in the Arts3
ENGL 302IDEAs in Action General Education logo Professional Communication for Social Movements3
ENGL 303IDEAs in Action General Education logo Scientific and Technical Communication3
ENGL 304IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Business Communication3
ENGL 305IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Legal Communication3
ENGL 307IDEAs in Action General Education logo Studies in Fiction and Poetry: Stylistics3
ENGL 312Oral Presentations in the Professional World3
ENGL 317IDEAs in Action General Education logo Writing and Social Networks3
ENGL 324IDEAs in Action General Education logo Creating the Video Essay3
ENGL 351From Manuscript to Press: Writer as Publisher3
ENGL 384Podcasting3
ENGL 392Professional Writing Portfolio Development and Publication3
ENGL 400IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Composition for Teachers3
ENGL 402Investigations in Academic Writing and Writing Centers3
ENGL 403IDEAs in Action General Education logo Rhetoric and Social Justice H3
ENGL 411Writing for Clients: Technical Communication Practicum3
ENGL 473The Changing Coasts of Carolina3
ENGL 480Digital Humanities History and Methods3
ENGL 482IDEAs in Action General Education logo Metadata, Mark-up, and Mapping: Understanding the Rhetoric of Digital Humanities3
ENGL 674Digital Literature3
ENGL 675Teaching Online3
ENGL 676IDEAs in Action General Education logo Digital Editing and Curation3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Communication Intensive (CI) Courses

Any ENGL or CMPL course above the 105 level that fulfill the CI requirement
AMST 475Documenting Communities H3
BUSI 401Management and Corporate Communication3
CMPL 250IDEAs in Action General Education logo Approaches to Comparative Literature H3
CMPL 251IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Literary Theory3
COMM 113IDEAs in Action General Education logo Public Speaking3
COMM/DRAM 131Writing for the Screen and Stage3
COMM/WGST 224Introduction to Gender and Communication H3
COMM 350IDEAs in Action General Education logo Practices of Cultural Studies3
COMM/ENEC 375Environmental Advocacy3
COMM 432Visual Culture3
DRAM 231Playwriting I3
HIST/FOLK 670Introduction to Oral History3
MEJO 153Writing and Reporting3
WGST 695IDEAs in Action General Education logo Senior Seminar: Principles of Feminist Inquiry H3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

See the program page here for special opportunities.

Department of English and Comparative Literature

Visit Program Website

Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520

(919) 962-5481

Program Director

Daniel Anderson

iamdan@unc.edu

Chair

Mary Floyd-Wilson

ECL Undergraduate Advisor

Hilary Lithgow

lithgow@email.unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Martin L. Johnson

mlj@email.unc.edu