Writing, reading, and presentation skills are essential to students' success during college and beyond. The EWR minor encourages students to develop fluency and expertise in these skills and other 21st century literacies. Students in the minor will engage in an audience-centered approach to writing, reading, and communicating, preparing them to be active participants in academic, professional, and civic life.
The minor in Environmental Writing & Rhetoric is open to all undergraduates at SUNY-ESF. To be eligible for the minor, students need a minimum GPA of 2.5. In order to declare this minor, students must have received credit for EWP 190 and EWP 290. Students may begin the minor before completing EWP 290.
Twelve credits are required for the minor:
Required course (3 credits)
EWP 300 Survey of Environmental Writing (3 required credits)
3 credits from among the following directed electives:
EWP 220 Public Presentation Skills (3 credits)
EWP 311 Urban Environmental Literature (3 credits)
EWP 390 Literature of Nature (3 credits)
EWP 490 Contemporary Literature of Nature (3 credits)
3 credits from among the following advanced/professional writing courses:
EWP 405/410 Professional Writing (3 credits)
EWP 420 Advanced Public Presentation Skills (3 credits)
EWP 494/694 Creative Non-fiction in the Sciences (3 credits)
Each student will create a portfolio of work, including writing samples and digital recordings of oral presentations. The portfolio serves a dual purpose: It provides students with a representation of their abilities and may be used as evidence when the student applies to graduate school and/or enters the workplace; and it informs and contributes to the assessment process for the minor.