Whatever your major, the English Minor in WritingEditing, and Publishing can add significantly to your career preparation. This highly flexible option lets you choose from among a broad array of classes ranging from professional and technical writing to creative writingwriting about literature and culture, magazine editing, document design, and writing about film and media. You will learn about and practice diverse genres, gaining skill in composing and revising your work in professional formats, including multimedia and web platforms as well as in traditional print publications. Students can mix professional courses with creative writing classes as they pursue development of their own interests and expressive potential. 


The College of Letters and Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work. The College requires that students complete at least 9 credits of the minor in upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses at UWM.

Students already majoring in English may not be awarded this minor in addition to their major; a student may select this minor or a major in English, but not both.

ENGLISH 430Advanced Writing Workshop3
Select 2 lower division courses for a total of 6 credits from the list below.6
Strategies for Academic Writing
Business Writing
Health Science Writing
Writing in the Professions:
Technical Writing
Introduction to Creative Writing
Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture:
Writing about Film and Television
Select 3 upper division courses for a total of 9 credits.9
Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century
Special Topics in Creative Writing:
Fiction Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Literary Journal Production
Professional and Technical Communications Research
Strategic Writing for Organizations
Topics in Advanced Communications:
The Rhetoric of Argument
Creative Nonfiction for Publication
Editing and Publishing
Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Technical Documentation
Advanced Research Writing
Information Design
Grant Writing
Technical Editing
The Composing Process:
Technical Communications Theory and Practice
Internship in the Humanities
Advanced Workshop in Fiction
Advanced Workshop in Poetry:
Seminar in Rhetoric and Professional Writing:
Total Credits18

Letters & Science Minor Advising

Advising for the minor takes place within the department by a faculty member or staff member. Follow the steps using the "Declare a Minor" button on the department’s website which may include instructions on how to select a faculty advisor if there is more than one to choose from.

Students who already have an L&S college advisor because their degree plan is in L&S can discuss the minor with them as well since they will be familiar with any minor in L&S. Students who are working on a degree from a UWM college other than the College of Letters & Science will not need an L&S college advisor for just a minor and one will not be assigned. These students should work with the faculty or staff advisor they receive as part of the minor declaration process or contact the department directly for assistance.

Applicants who have not started classes at UWM yet who wish to declare a minor should wait until they are registered for their first UWM classes and then can declare the minor using the “Declare a Minor” button on the program’s website. If you have questions about the minor before then, contact let-sci@uwm.edu.