Focus Courses

After completing your core courses, you will select one of our nine focus areas to continue your studies. Each focus area consists of a selection of courses designed to work together to build a focused set of skills or knowledge you can apply to your career or life goals. You will choose four courses from this selection to complete your focus. 

Spring 2023 Focus Courses

For a complete list of all courses for each focus, see the Focus Your Studies section.

Archives, Power, & Making the Present

LIT 207 (Life and Times of Frederick Douglass)

Creativity, Aesthetics, & Design

CRW 201 (Introduction to Creative Writing) 
CRW 202 (Creative Writing I)
CRW 203 (Narrative and Lyric Forms)
CRW 301 (Poetry Workshop I)
CRW 303 (Short Story Workshop I)
CRW 305 (Creative Nonfiction Workshop I)
CRW 306 (Creative Nonfiction Workshop II)
CRW 491 (Creative Writing Workshop in the Long Form)
LIN 333 (Conversation Analysis)

Identity & Representation

CLS 203 (African Studies)
ENG 240 (Language, Gender, and Sexuality)
LIT 303 (Intro to Multi-Ethnic American Literature)
WRH 210 (Multicultural Writing)
WRH 330 (Autobiographical Acts)

National & Transnational Cultures

CLS 203 (African Studies)
WRH 210 (Multicultural Writing)

Popular Culture & Cultural Studies

DHM 210 (Introduction to Gaming)
FLM 200 (Introduction to Film)      
FLM 202 (American Themes) 
LIT 398 (Young Adult Literature) 
WRH 210 (Multicultural Writing)
WRH 340 (Introduction to Visual Rhetoric)

Public & Professional Writing

ENG 320 (Usability & User Experience)
ENG 368 (Business and Organizational Writing)
ENG 371 (Technical Writing)
JRN 225 (Newswriting)
WRH 210 (Multicultural Writing)
WRH 315 (Propaganda, Power, and Politics)
WRH 340 (Introduction to Visual Rhetoric)
WRH 350 (Grant and Proposal Writing)

Social Justice and Activism

DHM 210 (Introduction to Gaming)
ENG 240 (Language, Gender, and Sexuality)
ENG 375 (Strategies for Writing in the Workplace)
JRN 200 (Introduction to Journalism)
LIT 207 (Life and Times of Frederick Douglass)
LIT 303 (Intro to Multi-Ethnic American Literature)
WRH 210 (Multicultural Writing)
WRH 315 (Propaganda, Power, and Politics)

Sustainability & Environmental Humanities

WRH 350 (Grant and Proposal Writing)

Visual and Digital Rhetoric

DHM 210 (Introduction to Gaming)
DHM 260 (Digital Storytelling)
DHM 280 (Introduction to Digital Humanities) 
ENG 320 (Usability & User Experience)
FLM 200 (Introduction to Film)
JRN 212 (Digital Journalism)
JRN 315 (Magazine Article Writing)
LIT 219 (Literature for Young Children)
WRH 205 (Composing Cyberspace)
WRH 340 (Introduction to Visual Rhetoric)

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