University Catalog 2024-2025

Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication (Minor)

A minor in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication is available from the English Department for N.C. State students, except English majors in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing concentration (16ENGLLWR). The minor is suitable for students wishing to build strong writing and communication skills for the workplace. Students minoring in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication will be introduced to numerous genres, including internal and external documents such as proposals, reports, science writing, users guides, reference manuals, and online documentation. Except for ENG 350, no courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

Admissions and Certification of Minor

Students can apply for admission to any university minor program in MyPack Portal. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their degree program. Students can monitor their progress toward completing the minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. 

Questions regarding unmet course requirements on your Minor Degree Audit (indicated by a red ‘X’) should be directed to the Minor Coordinator.


Douglas Walls
Tompkins Hall 122, Box 8105

SIS Code: 16TSM

Plan Requirements

  • A total of 15 hours of course work is required for the minor.
  • Students may transfer no more than 6 hours of courses toward the minor.
  • Must have an overall 2.0 GPA in the minor and may count no course grade lower than a ‘C-‘.
  • Six (6) hours from Group 1, six (6) hours from Group 2, and three (3) additional hours from Electives are required
  • A maximum of two (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
Group 1 (6 credit Hours)
Introduction to Editing
Technical Document Design and Editing
Designing Networked Communications
Survey of Rhetorical Theory
Writing in Rhetorical Traditions
Writing Theory and the Writing Process
Group 2 (6 credit hours)
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
Professional Internships
Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
Studies in Rhetoric and Digital Media
Rhetorical Criticism
Computer Documentation Design
Writing Theory and the Writing Process
Analyzing Style
Literacy in the U.S.
Electives (3 credit hours)
Students much choose one of the following options:
Option 1: one additional course from Group 1 or Group 2
Option 2: one of the following courses:
Communication for Engineering and Technology
Communication for Business and Management
Communication for Science and Research
Total Hours6