Through courses in literature, film, poetry, culture and creative writing, our students learn to read closely, think critically and write well. Our faculty incorporate an increasing number of perspectives and traditions into their teaching and research.
Why do we laugh at some jokes but not others? What makes something funny? This class explores humor as a core rhetorical concept to study audience, genre, purpose, context, and exigency. Students will build their critical reading and writing skills.
In this course, we will study the origins and range of podcasts as a medium for writing and performance, and consider how this medium has absorbed genres from other media and combined them in innovative ways.
This course investigates the many meanings and itineraries of the confession, focusing on the various institutional sites that have shaped confessional regimes of truth, as well as the role of media forms.
We teach students how to analyze, critique, and create work in all different media and modes. We teach poetry and film, novels and television shows, drama, memoir, digital culture.
Our department offers annual prizes for student essays, poetry, fiction and other writing.