Students who choose the English-Journalism Major will acquire dexterity in traditional and emerging media. All good writers begin as good readers: student-journalists will steep themselves in literature so that they may begin to intuitively understand the standards to which they aspire. Our program emphasizes individual field-work as a primary vehicle, allowing students to cultivate their own interests as they learn all the necessary skills. The English-Journalism Major balances theory with practice.

Aimed equally at literature and journalism students, this course trains students in the genres of writing about the arts that can lead to local or international publication, with a goal of each student taking at least one of the documents they create during the semester through the full process from pitch to publication in a non-campus venue. We will examine the conditions of the current field and market of arts writing, locally and internationally, online and in print, and analyse the requirements of a number of different genres of arts-writing, from reviews of single artworks, to interviews with artists, to guides to an exhibition. 

Students will read and write about a variety of art media, from literature to music, film, and computer games, with students encouraged to pursue projects in the arts that most interest them. Guest speakers will give students opportunities to learn from professional writers and editors, and students will frequently put themselves in the editor’s shoes when workshopping classmates’ writing.  By the end of the semester each student will assemble a portfolio of arts-writing written to professional specifications. 

By default a JRL course, students can list this as a LIT class if their final portfolio contains no more than 1 document written about a non-literature artform.

Skill Level: Beginner

This course will introduce you to the basics of college-level writing, argumentation, and critical
thinking. You will develop your ability to construct and critique arguments and learn how to
write academic and argumentative essays for an educated readership. In addition to developing
your skills in written argumentation, the course will help you cultivate your verbal argumentative
abilities through class discussions, dialogue, debate, and the exchange of ideas with your peers.
You will gain competency in four aspects of argumentation in this course: generating an
argumentative thesis statement, tracing the logical connection between a thesis statement and its
premises, conducting effective arguments with other people, and developing a personal
relationship to the truth through an understanding of logical principles, all of which will aid you
in becoming an independent thinker and citizen of the world.

Skill Level: Beginner

This course will cover the essentials of journalism, both as a genre of writing and as a practice of research and discovery.

Skill Level: Beginner

 This course is designed to develop the reporting skills that are required to the do journalism. News reporting need special qualifications in writing and covering news stories. In addition to the training and practice the students will be exposed to, they are to educated of the ethical issues to stick to in journalism to stay accurate, objective and professional.

Skill Level: Beginner