University of Minnesota
literacy & rhetorical studies
center for writing

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Admission to the LRS Minor Program is contingent upon enrollment in good standing in a relevant Doctoral or Masters program within the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota. Prior teaching experience (at any level) is also desirable.

Admission depends upon having a coherent plan of study that both takes advantage of the University’s resources and is feasible. Entrance to the Minor program is granted by permission of the Director of Graduate Studies of LRS and the faculty selection committee. Approval of a specific program of study is granted by the Director of Graduate Studies of the Minor and of the student's home department upon filing a formal program of study with the Graduate School. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

After receiving notification of admission from the LRS Director of Graduate Study, LRS students must officially declare the Literacy and Rhetorical Studies minor on the Degree Program Form (an official Graduate School document) that they file before they they take preliminary examinations. Students are encouraged to discuss the process with the Directors of Graduate Study in both their major program and LRS so that they select a course of study that fits their particular goals.

Application materials

  • a statement of purpose that explains the relationship of courses and research to professional goals (Suggested length: 2 single-spaced pages)
  • a completed 1-page application form (.doc or .pdf that can be filled in)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • relevant post-secondary transcripts
  • one letter of recommendation

Students develop a minor program in consultation with their major adviser and Director of Graduate Studies, and the Director of Graduate Studies of LRS. UMD students should also consult UMD LRS faculty member David Beard (Department of Writing Studies, UM-Duluth,

Please send all application materials electronically to Richard Graff (, or to the following address:

DGS of the Minor in LRS
c/o Center for Writing
University of Minnesota
10 Nicholson Hall 
216 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455

To learn more about the Minor and begin planning your program, please contact our advising team (see the right column on this page). Download our current flyer here.