Editing, Writing and Media
"The EWM track provides students with a wonderful opportunity to explore and create innovative media. For majors, I would encourage you to learn as much as you can about the exciting theories of media and visual culture that provide critical frameworks for your studies. For topics ranging from on-line publishing to television narrative, ideas about media and storytelling can help ground your analysis." --Dr. Leigh Edwards, Media Studies
The Editing, Writing, and Media major emphasizes the production, analysis, and interpretation of a wide range of historic, contemporary, academic, and everyday texts. With coursework ranging from the history of print and illustrated manuscripts to the contemporary production and circulation of digital texts, EWM engages students in praxis, the process of enacting theory, knowledge, and skills. The EWM major is appropriate for students interested in pursuing graduate studies as well as those interested in careers in law, writing, publishing, and electronic media. The EWM major aims to prepare students for leadership roles, whether as intellectuals pursuing advanced degrees in book history, rhetoric, and critical theory or as tech-savvy professionals equipped with editorial expertise and writing skills.
1. Students complete 9 hours of core courses providing a foundation for the major:
- "Rhetoric," which offers historical and contemporary conceptual frameworks for studying culture, texts, and technologies.
- "Writing and Editing in Print and Online," which focuses on composing and editing practices in a variety of platforms, print, digital, and networked.
- "History of Text Technologies," which provides an introduction to the changing technologies of textual production in cultural contexts.
Together the three courses offer methods for understanding the world through the nature and function of texts in it.
2. Students choose 9 hours from a menu of eighteen, all of which build on knowledges and practices introduced in the first component. These advanced courses include the history of illustrated texts, advanced writing and editing, rhetorical theory, editing practice, contemporary publishing, and visual rhetoric.
3. Students will complete an internship in editing and/or publishing, which will provide opportunities to enact what they are learning in their coursework in a professional setting.
What will I know when I have finished?
- A range of rhetorical principles and how to apply them.
- A history of texts and the technologies developed to produce them.
- The most influential theories on the future of media and publishing.
- How to write in various professional and public genres, as well as how to subvert or modify them.
- How to interpret and critically evaluate texts presented in a range of modalities (e.g., written, oral, visual, gestural, spatial, multimodal).
- How to produce and deliver innovative texts, utilizing multiple media technologies.
- How to think critically about all of the above.