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Writing and Communication

Minor in Writing and Communication

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media offers a Minor in Writing and Communication to all UBC undergraduate students in degree programs that allow students to complete a minor in the Faculty of Arts.

The program will focus on the role of writing and communication in knowledge-making, primarily in academic, professional, and public contexts.

Students may declare their Minor in Writing and Communication after completing 27 credits (second year standing). 

The Minor will consist of 21 credits, of which 18 credits must be at the 300-level or above: 

Lower-Level Requirements (3 credits)

  • WRDS 200 (3) Writing and Communication Foundations

Upper-Level Requirements (9 credits)

  • WRDS 400 (3) Writing and Communication Capstone
  • 6 credits of 300- or 400-level WRDS courses (from the List of Courses, below)

Upper-Level Requirements (9 credits) 

  • 9 credits of 300- or 400-level courses (from the List of Courses, below) that explore the writing and communication practices used in specific communities or contexts to make knowledge, with an emphasis on academic, professional, and public contexts.

List of Courses

  • WRDS 350 Knowledge Making in the Disciplines 
  • WRDS 360 Knowledge Popularization: Research Writing in New Media 
  • WRDS 370 Research Writing and Marginalization
  • WRDS 390 Writing Disability
  • WRDS 450 Writing Practices for Publics and Publication
  • WRDS 498 Special Topics in Writing Studies
  • WRDS 499 Directed Studies in Writing Studies
  • ANTH 332 Oral Tradition 
  • CHEM 300 Communicating Chemistry 
  • CRWR 302 Writing for Podcast
  • CRWR 305 Intermediate Writing of Creative Nonfiction 
  • CRWR 312 Interactive Storytelling
  • DSCI 320 Visualization for Data Science
  • COMM 390 Business Writing
  • COMM 395 Business Communications  
  • ENGL 301 Technical Writing 
  • ENGL 309 Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • ENGL 312 Discourse and Society
  • FNIS 300 Writing First Nations
  • GRSJ 307 Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Popular Culture
  • GRSJ 327 Theories of Representation and Difference
  • INFO 419 Information Visualization
  • JRNL 325 Fundamentals of Community Reporting
  • JRNL 320 Multimedia Journalism
  • JRNL 425 Journalism and Social Change
  • SCIE 300 Communicating Science

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