Courses & Requirements

The requirements below apply to those students with a 2020-2021 catalog year. Students are required by college policy to follow the major (and minor) requirements found in the catalog in effect at the time they declared their first major. To find your catalog year, please visit your Grades and Academic Records found in myOxy and access the catalog that matches your catalog year.

Interdisciplinary Writing

Overview

Writing classes provide students with the intellectual and technical frameworks that enable them to approach course materials and disciplines critically. Writing well is not a skill-set to be mastered, but an intricate interaction of cognitive and rhetorical processes performed for a variety of purposes, in multiple circumstances, and for diverse audiences. This minor allows students to practice these processes in a range of writing situations, and exposes students to comparative approaches to modes of writing: prose, creative nonfiction, playwriting, poetry, journalism, screenwriting, professional writing, and multimedia.

The interdisciplinary approach of this minor helps students develop strong writing skills, techniques, and practices through varied pedagogical styles and methods. A main benefit of this minor is that students will have opportunities to learn from faculty in different disciplines, gaining knowledge of those disciplines while writing in various genres. These courses provide a strong writing foundation for students interested in any number of academic and career fields.

Minor Requirements

The Interdisciplinary Writing minor is a five-course program consisting of one required 200-level core class (WRD 295) and four electives, described as follows. 

Note: No more than three courses from one department can be counted towards the minor.

COURSEWORK

Required Course

WRD 295Argument and Rhetoric Across the Disciplines

4 units

Electives

The below courses are offered regularly in the Interdisciplinary minor, though some may not be offered every year. Check Course Counts for the available courses each semester.

ARTS 301Writing Art and Writing As Art

4 units

CTSJ 215/WRD 215Language and Power

4 units

ENGL 280Creative Writing: Introduction to Fiction Writing

4 units

ENGL 281Creative Writing: Poetry

4 units

ENGL 290Introduction to Literary Methods

4 units

ENGL 380Creative Writing: Advance Fiction Writing

4 units

ENGL 382Advanced Creative Writing

4 units

FREN 350Theory and Practice of Translation (Thème et Version)

4 units

MAC 220Narrative Practices

4 units

MAC 320Advanced Narrative Practices

4 units

THEA 201Alternative Voices in American Theater

4 units

THEA 380Playwriting

4 units

WRD 235Visual Rhetoric: Communication through Pictures and/or Words

4 units

WRD 250Topics in Writing with the Community: Writing and the Los Angeles Experience

4 units

WRD 265/AMST 265Feminist Rhetorics and Social Change

4 units

WRD 285Principles of Journalism I: Covering News Across Media

4 units

WRD 286Principles of Journalism II: Narrative Nonfiction: True Stories Told Well

4 units

WRD 287Rhetorical Fault Lines: Journalism, Persuasion, Propaganda

4 units

WRD 301Creative Nonfiction

4 units

WRD 395Theory and Pedagogy of Writing

2 units

Transfer Credit Policies

Courses approved for transfer by the appropriate department or program will be considered to apply toward the Interdisciplinary Writing minor. Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for details.