writing minor

Minor in Environmental Writing and Rhetoric (EWR)

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.

Coordinator: Dr. Benette Whitmore

The minor in Environmental Writing & Rhetoric is open to all undergraduates at SUNY-ESF. To be eligible for entry into the minor, students need a minimum GPA of 2.70 and have successfully completed the prerequisite courses EWP 190 and EWP 290 or their equivalent (Students may apply for entry to the minor prior to completion EWP 290).

Coursework (12 credits total):

  • Required Core Course (3 Credits)
    • EWP 300: Survey of Environmental Writing
  • Literature & Film Courses (3 Credits) Choose from:
    • EWP 311: Urban Environmental Literature
    • EWP 350: Eco-Cinema: Perspectives and Practices
    • EWP 390: Literature of Nature
    • EWP 490: Contemporary Literature of Nature
  • Advanced/Professional Writing Courses (3 Credits) Choose from:
    • EWP 407: Writing for Environmental & Science Professionals
    • EWP 420: Advanced Public Presentation Skills
    • EWP 494/694: Creative Non-Fiction for the Sciences
    • EWP 495: Environmental Journalism
  • Directed Electives (3 credits) Choose from:
    • EWP 401: Capstone Experience (with permission of instructor), or
    • Another three-credit, upper-division EWP course (300 or 400-level)

Learning Outcomes for the Environmental Writing & Rhetoric (EWR) Minor:

Students in the EWR Minor will learn to:

  1. Identify and explain writing and communication as recursive processes.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to write for various audiences in a variety of genres, including academic, professional, civic, and cultural contexts.
  3. Research new models of composing, using current technologies to write and publish on environmental and scientific topics.

For more information contact Benette Whitmore, SUNY ESF Writing Program Director at


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