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The writing minor aims to elevate the clarity and power of your written communication—creatively, journalistically, and academically. Throughout these courses, you’ll gain an understanding of composition, rhetoric, language, poetics, and narration—and apply them to strengthen your writing.

Careers: Copywriter/Marketing Writer, Journalist, Content Writer, Editor,
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Refine your rhetorical strategies. Learn the secrets of crisp, clean prose. Explore the possibilities of storytelling. You’ll be given detailed feedback on your compositions. You’ll compile a portfolio. You’ll receive guidance on how to professionally publish your writing.

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a Writing Minor

Art of Rhetoric—Learn to delight, educate, and motivate readers in deliberate and hospitable ways. You’ll hone your versatility as a writer by analyzing genres, understanding audiences, and adapting your compositions with purpose.
Writing in the Public Sphere—You’ll receive feedback from professors and classmates. You’ll write online. You’ll reach readers both inside and outside of Ave Maria University. This exposure can strengthen your confidence as a writer who writes publicly.
Applying the Liberal Arts—Classical concepts, like the trivium and the cardinal virtues, can inform all writing tasks. You’ll apply these concepts to help you write effectively, efficiently, and ethically.

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At least one class (4 credits) in rhetorical or literary theory:

  • COMM 230 Rhetoric
  • LIT 223 Studies in Genre I
  • LITR 224 Studies in Genre II

Four classes (16 Credits), chosen from the following:

  • COMM 230 Rhetoric
  • COMM 250 Public Speaking
  • COMM 300 Writing and Dialogue: Plato to Podcasts
  • COMM 320/LITR 320 Creative Writing
  • COMM 340 Writing for Journalism
  • BUS 200/COMM 205 Business Communication

Other courses may be considered with the approval of the director, Dr. Gavin Hurley, including additional theory courses and relevant special topics courses in communication (COMM 418) and special topics in literature (LIT 415)

TRAVIS CURTRIGHT, PH.D.

CHAIR OF THE HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT, PROFESSOR OF HUMANITIES & LITERATURE, DIRECTOR OF SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE

Travis CurtrightEducation: B.A., Philosophy, University of Dallas; M.A. Literature, University of Dallas; Ph.D., Literature, University of Dallas
Office: Canizaro Library 219
Email: travis.curtright@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 280-1612

GAVIN HURLEY, PH.D.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LITERATURE AND COMMUNICATION, DIRECTOR OF THE WRITING PROGRAM

Gavin HurleyEducation: B.A., Philosophy, Saint Joseph’s University; M.A., Writing Arts, Rowan University; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, Writing & Rhetoric
Office: Henkels 2052
Email: gavin.hurley@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 280-1662

JOHN JASSO, PH.D.

CHAIR OF THE COMMUNICATIONS AND LITERATURE DEPARTMENT, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

John JassoEducation: B.A., Speech and Philosophy, Kansas State University; M.A., Communications, Kansas State University; M.A., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., Rhetoric and Communications, University of Pittsburgh
Office: Henkels 2054
Email: john.jasso@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 304-7936

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With AMU’s core curriculum, you’ll not only achieve breadth of knowledge, but also depth of knowledge. You’ll encounter the truth about God and His creation more completely through the dynamic interplay of all of the liberal arts, including theology and natural science.

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