Enrich your major with a CRADL minor

Employers in every field are looking for people who are strong communicators. In fact, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 75% of employers look for strong written communication skills when making a new hire.

A minor in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Literacy (CRADL) will help you develop those skills, and more. Students in CRADL courses will learn how to communicate with words, images, video, and even sound. You will learn to write effectively for various professional and civic settings, including technical, business, and digital communication.

Currently, a student can declare the CRaDL minor through academic advising. If you wish to discuss the minor contact the Director, Daniel Anderson, at iamdan@unc.edu.


**The minor requires 15 hours and may be earned by taking five courses in the minor or completing four courses and a capstone project (as an independent study course).

Core Requirements

  • One of the following courses:
    • ENGL 300: Advanced Expository Writing
    • Engl 300I: Advanced Expository Writing, Interdisciplinary
    • Engl 301: Advanced Expository Writing for the Humanities
    • Engl 302: Advanced Expository Writing for the Social Sciences
    • Engl 303: Advanced Expository Writing for the Natural Sciences
    • Engl 304: Advanced Expository Writing for Business
    • Engl 305: Advanced Expository Writing for Law
    • Engl 318: Multimedia Composition
  • Advanced Expository Writing additional courses from the following three lists, one of which must be an ENGL course from list one:
    • ENGL 116: History of Writing: From Pen to Pixel
    • ENGL 117: Arguing on the Internet: Rhetoric in the Age of Animosity
    • ENGL 127: Writing About Literature
    • ENGL 130*: Introduction to Fiction Writing
    • ENGL 131*: Introduction to Poetry Writing
    • ENGL 132H*: First-Year Honors: Introduction to Fiction Writing
    • ENGL 133H*: First-Year Honors: Introduction to Poetry Writing
    • ENGL 137: Literature in a Digital Age
    • ENGL 149: Networked and Multimedia Composition
    • ENGL 283: Life Writing
    • ENGL 300, 300I, 301, 302, 303, 304 or 305
    • ENGL 307*: Studies in Fiction and Poetry: Stylistics
    • ENGL 313: Grammar of Current English
    • ENGL 314: English in the U.S.A.
    • ENGL 316: Rhetorical Traditions
    • ENGL 317: Networked Composition
    • ENGL 318: Multimedia Composition
    • ENGL 353: Rhetoric and Digital Humanities
    • ENGL 400: Advanced Composition for Teachers
    • ENGL 402: Investigations in Academic Writing and Writing Centers
    • ENGL 492. Professional Writing Portfolio Development and Publication
    • ENGL 674: Digital Literature
    • ENGL 675: Digital Teaching
    • ENGL 676: Digital Editing and Curation
    • One additional communication intensive (CI) course above 100, beyond the CI Connections requirement; recommended courses include AMST 275; BUSI 401; CMPL 250, 251; COMM 113, 350, 432; COMM/DRAM 131; COMM/ ENEC 375; COMM/WMST 224; COMP 102, 381; DRAM/FOLK 231; HIST 670; MEJO 153; WMST 695
    • ENGL 496 Independent Research or ENGL 691H/692H English Senior Honors Thesis. These courses permit students to complete an electronic portfolio, a service-learning assignment, a writing internship with a reflection paper, an honors project, or a capstone project to be determined in consultation with a faculty member.

*No more than one course can be a creative writing course. Students may, however, count these courses towards a minor in creative writing as well as the minor in composition, rhetoric, and digital literacy.