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Science Writing minor

Minor discontinued

This minor no longer accepts new students. Currently matriculated students are not affected.

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This minor has not been converted to semesters.

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this minor's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Legacy Quarter Text: 

The science writing minor gives students a basic grounding in the practice and theory of writing about science for a popular audience. In the three required courses, students gain practice in writing about science for lay readers as well as for scientists interested in the wider social ramifications of science. They also examine the rhetorical elements of a wide range of science writings. Students can then choose from a group of courses that deal with the history, ethics, cultural debates, and literary representation of science and technology. The minor complements a number of degree programs in the colleges of Science, Engineering, and Applied Science and Technology, as well as a number of other programs across the university.

0502-227 Writing Seminar (or equivalent)

Required Courses:
0502-456 Rhetoric of Science
0502-460 Science Writing
0502-462 Advanced Science Writing

Electives—Choose two of the following:
0502-449 Worlds of Writing
0502-459 Creative Nonfiction
0502-560 Special Topics: Language and Brain
0502-560 Special Topics: Introduction to Writing Science and Technology
0504-448 Biographical Literature: Lives of Scientists
0504-462 Literature and Technology
0504-482 Science Fiction