Course Descriptions

Capturing the Crisis: Video Captioning, Mobile Streaming, and Media Accessibility” – Portfolio Development (ENGL 420) This course covers theories of post-critical production in the professional documentation and presentation of traditional and new media to investigate global and local cultural movements through the use of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Ustream and other social media to better understand cutting-edge mobile apps and technologies as students learn to embed, caption, and share videos. In this class we will read, analyze, and draft digital publications for multiple audiences and flexible purposes and gain proficiency in the creative delivery of meaningful information designs.

“Knowing, Doing, Making: Effective Career Networks” – Business and Professional Writing (ENGL 344) This class allows every student to tailor their activities for individual needs and desires because today, more than ever, professional writing requires the savvy delivery and application of digital technologies for instantaneous collaboration and sharing. Students will manipulate texts, images, and data to design various documents (résumés, cover letters, career bios, memos, slideshows, reports, etc.) to advance an authentic web persona and business style that effectively differentiates between personal and professional uses of social media. To this end, a variety of learning paths and tiers may be selected. These include: hands-on application through digital communication with new media and social networking or traditional case study analysis through print-based writing of memoranda, proposals, and reports; basic assignment workshops for students who want extra support and one-on-one guidance delivering assignments or accelerated analytical activities for students who possess more experiential access and desire more of a challenge.

“Works [Re]Cited: Bronco Bloggers” – Issues in Professional Writing (ENGL 335) This writing intensive course, conceptualized as both seminar and practicum, introduces students to the rhetorics, theories, trends, and ethics of professional blogging and workplace writing. By examining rhetoric as institutional and agentive structures im professional occupations across private and public sectors (i.e., government—both civilian and military—as well as large corporations and private  firms), students will communicate problem-based multimodal projects that model the complex challenges faced by professional, in-the-world writers. These tasks include engaging current debates in the field of Professional Writing on selected topics and contributing to a course blog. Students will learn the research tools, ethical practices, established conventions, and emerging technological genres of digital rhetoric and professional style.