A broad range of literature exposes students to ideas and experience from around the world. Students learn to express themselves clearly, cogently, and confidently in writing, while engaging in thoughtful investigation, reflection, and analysis.Ellen Devine, Department Head
- American Studies
- Voice of Empire: Post-Colonial Literature
- Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
- Journalism and Nonfiction Storytelling
- The Classical Tradition
Students study and analyze long article nonfiction work from contemporary writers such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Janet Malcolm and John McPhee, and work both individually and collaboratively on writing projects and presentations that address a variety of contemporary issues and events. Feedback is an essential element of the course. Workshopping provides opportunity to both give and receive constructive feedback. Students also practice data-gathering skills through targeted lessons in statistics and probability. While these skills support journalism in a written form, they also allow students to explore media including infographics, podcasts, and photojournalism. The course will enhance students’ abilities to tell compelling stories with well-sourced data that is contextualized in service of the personal narrative.