CRaDL--Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Literacy

What is CRaDL?

CRaDL stands for composition, rhetoric, and digital literacy. The minor focuses on the myriad activities, texts, and people involved with writing in the twenty-first century. CRaDL courses explore the ways that longstanding and contemporary thinking about rhetoric can inform our thinking and communication. We develop and share ideas with words, images, video, even sound. We make decisions to engage an audience in multiple situations--from school to work to organizations to our personal and social networks. The CRaDL minor provides for the study and practice of these key elements of composing.


The CRaDL Minor

The CRaDL minor in rhetoric, composition, and digital literacy emphasizes both conceptual and practical concerns related to composing and to digital culture and communication. Our courses involve hands-on, communication-intensive work and range from advanced writing classes to courses covering networked and multimedia composition. Find out more about our current courses using the menu above.

Currently, a student can declare the CRaDL minor through academic advising. If you wish to discuss the minor contact the Director, Daniel Anderson, at or (919) 962-8480.



**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, 300I, 301, 302, 303, 304, or 305

• Four additional courses from the following three lists, one of which must be an ENGL course from list one:

  • o  ENGL 127, 130*, 131*, 132H* or 133H*, 137, 149, 216, 283, 300, 300I, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 307*, 313, 314, 316, 317, 400, 401, 402, 674, 675, 676

  • o  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.

  • o  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.