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Undergraduate Writing at Stony Brook

The Program in Writing and Rhetoric offers two distinct minors, the Writing and Rhetoric minor and the Professional Writing minor. The Writing and Rhetoric minor is 18 credits, and allows students to enhance their writing skills by exploring a broad range of courses in writing, rhetoric, critical thinking, and research. Our Professional Writing minor is 21 credits, and enables students to concentrate on rhetorical, ethical, and practical dimensions of 21st century workplace writing appropriate to their professional goals.  Both minors train students to think critically about the challenges and possibilities related to writing and rhetoric at school, work, and in community and civic settings. The Writing and Rhetoric minor is a good choice for students who want maximum flexibility and course options. The Professional Writing minor is a good choice for students who want a more structured, professionally oriented program.

Click here to find out more about the Writing and Rhetoric Minor and the Professional Writing Minor at Stony Brook. 

Listen and watch below to three of our Writing Minors describe why they recommend the Writing Minors at Stony Brook.


Amy Ngo is a current Junior studying Chemistry with a double minor in Writing & Rhetoric and Health & Wellness. Her writing minor has allowed her to blossom as a writer, communicator, and scientist during her journey at Stony Brook. She always enjoyed writing in her free time to distress and unleash her creativity and is so glad she had the opportunity to take writing classes that allowed her to relive the same feelings. Aside from writing, she spends her time in chemistry research and development labs and dedicating her time to her role as President of SBU's Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.


Alexsandra Hernandez is currently a senior here at Stony Brook. She is a biology major with a specialization in genetics and a minor in professional writing. Her favorite writing course taken so far is WRT 302 - fiction writing. After she graduates, she aspires to attend medical school in relation to oncology.


Victoria DeAngelis  is a senior double-majoring in English and Psychology. She's employed at Stony Brook's Writing Center and is the 2020-21 writing minor student representative. Victoria enjoys yoga, journaling, drinking coffee, painting, playing guitar, and spending time in nature. After graduation, she's seeking a job in professional writing or publishing and hopes to one day travel the world.