Writing, Public Speaking, & Critical Reasoning Minor

The ability to write well, to speak effectively in public, and to think critically are some of the most valuable skills for life in a globalized world. The minor in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning offers students a coherent program of courses that will strengthen their abilities in all three of these essential areas. This interdisciplinary minor is built on courses in English, Writing, and Philosophy and is taught by professors from English, Philosophy, and the Honors College.

The Minor is open to all University of Oregon undergraduates in any major. Undergraduates who want even more concentrated work in this area may enroll in the Certificate program.

To declare the Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning Minor online, use the Add/Drop Form

 

WSCR Minor:

WSCR class list.

Worksheet is available to track your progress in the minor.

Not all of the courses listed below are offered every academic year.
For current courses: view WSCR Course list above.

Requirements for the Minor:

1. The minor requires 24 credits distributed as follows:

Two courses in Writing from this list:

  • WR 123 College Composition III
  • WR 320 Scientific and Technical Writing
  • WR 321 Business Communication
  • WR 423 Advanced Composition
  • ENG 420 The Art of Sentence
  • ENG 413 Theories of Literacy

Two courses in Rhetoric from this list (at least one of which must be ENG 200 or 330):

  • ENG 200 Public Speaking
  • ENG 330 Oral Controversy and Advocacy
  • ENG 491 Rhetoric and Ethics
  • ENG 492 History of Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENG 493 Modern Rhetorical Criticism

Two courses in Reasoning from this list:

  • PHIL 103 Critical Reasoning
  • PHIL 325 Logic, Inquiry, and Argument ( prerequisite: one course in Philosophy)
  • ENG 335 Inventing Arguments

Optional (may be used in any of the above categories):

  • WR 198 Independent Study (by special approval; variable credit)
  • ENG 404 Community Literacy Internship (by special approval of the Director; one credit)
  • ENG 494 Reasoning, Speaking, Writing

2. To count in the Minor, all classes must be taken for a grade of mid-C or better with the exception of ENG 404 Community Literacy Internship, which can be taken with a P.

3. Only two courses taken for the Minor may be used to fulfill any other minor or major. WR 123 may be used for the Minor and to complete the University Writing Requirement.

4. All upper-division coursework for the Minor must be taken in residency at the University of Oregon.

5. Students must declare the Minor by using the Add/Drop Form

Direct inquiries to the English Department office, 346-3911 or the Center for Teaching Writing, 346-3922.

 


WSCR Certificate:

To declare the Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning Certificate online, use the Add/Drop Form

Declaring the Certificate does NOT show up on your Degree Audit.  Please use this worksheet to track your progress manually.

WSCR Course List

Not all of the courses listed below are offered every academic year.
 

WSCR Course List

Not all of the courses listed below are offered every academic year.
View current list above titled WSCR Course List.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CERTIFICATE:

1) 36 credits, distributed as follows:

  • Three courses in Writing (at least one must be at the 400-level):

WR 123 College Composition III
WR 320 Scientific and Technical Writing
WR 321 Business Communication
WR 423 Advanced Composition
ENG 420 The Art of the Sentence
ENG 413 Theories of Literacy

  • Three courses in Rhetoric (at least one of which must be ENG 200 or 330):

ENG 200 Public Speaking
ENG 330 Oral Controversy and Advocacy
ENG 491 Rhetoric and Ethics
ENG 492 History of Rhetoric and Composition
ENG 493 Modern Rhetorical Criticism

  • Two courses in Reasoning from this list:

PHIL 103 Critical Reasoning
PHIL 325 Logic, Inquiry, and Argument (prerequisite: one course in Philosophy)
ENG 335 Inventing Arguments

  • One capstone course (ENG 491 may serve as capstone in years when 494 is not taught):

ENG 494 Reasoning, Speaking, Writing

  • Optional (may be used to supplement credits in any of the above categories):

WR 198 Independent Study (by prior approval of the Director; variable credit)
ENG 404 Community Literacy Internship (by prior approval of the Director; one credit)

2) To count in the Certificate, all classes must be taken for a grade of mid-C or better with the exception of ENG 404 Community Literacy Internship, which can be taken with a P.

3) Only two courses taken for the Certificate may be used to fulfill any other minor or major. WR 123 may be used for the Certificate and to complete the University Writing Requirement.

4) All upper-division coursework for the Certificate must be taken in residency at the University of Oregon.

 

Direct inquiries to the English Department office, (541) 346-3911 or the Center for Teaching Writing, (541)346-3922.