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Immersions

Overview

Our Immersions offer students attractive options in literature, writing & rhetoric, media studies, and language science. The English Department offers a broad array of selection, providing a curriculum for students who must meet the creative and intellectual challenges of the 21st century.

Creative Writing

The creative writing immersion offers students a practical, theoretical and historical understanding of the art and craft of writing prose (fiction and creative non-fiction) and poetry. The immersion encourages students to use those skills and insights for interdisciplinary projects and the enrichment of their careers and personal lives. Read More…

Human Language Technology & Computational Linguistics

Many computational applications involve processing natural language text or speech data. This immersion provides exposure to computational linguistics and relevant language science coursework. Students gain knowledge and practical skills in computational natural language processing and technical linguistic analysis, useful for analytics and modeling with language data and for developing, evaluating, and maintaining language technology software. Read More…

Language Science

The language science immersion prepares students in the interdisciplinary scientific study and analysis of human language. Language science is directly applicable to students interested in computing and media, human-computer interaction, brain and cognition, language acquisition, human health, interpreting, relevant branches of engineering, and policy studies. Students can complete the immersion irrespective of their skills in languages other than English. Besides a core course on linguistic principles, students can choose electives covering technology of language, philosophy of language, and language in culture and society. Electives allow students to customize the immersion to their interests and needs, with the support of a faculty advisor. Read More…

Liberal and Medical Arts

The literary arts, medical humanities, and social sciences provide insight into wellness, illness, disability, and pathology, and offer historical views on medical practices. Attention to liberal arts helps to develop cultural and communication perspectives. These Liberal Arts courses will develop skills in critical analysis, interpersonal empathy, and self-reflection -- skills that are essential for human-centered medical care. The immersion will help students examine how bioscience and medicine interact with cultural, cognitive, and communicative contexts and how these impact the individual experience of illness and the ways medicine is practiced. Read More…

Literature

This Immersion gives students opportunity to read, analyze, and evaluate works of fiction. Students will gain experience with different methods of literary analysis and theoretical approaches to texts. Read More…

Text and Code

We encounter digital texts and codes every time we use a smart phone, turn on an app, or interact online. This immersion explores innovative and evolving questions and practices of text and code in literature, linguistics, creative writing, geospatial mapping, locative and interactive media. With two additional courses, students complete the minor in Digital Literatures and Media. Some courses also count toward the minor in Language Science. Read More…

Writing and Rhetoric

This Immersion gives students opportunity to practice writing and theorize genres by working in an array of media and for a variety of public audiences (“e.g. in content areas with focus on global, science, and genres including creative, argumentation, etc.”). Read More…

 

Creative Writing Awards!

Join us on April 22nd at 4:00PM in the SAU Reading Room for our annual Creative Writing Awards! Writer David Schickler is our guest speaker, along with live readings from our CW award winners...

To submit your work for the CW awards:  https://signatures.submittable.com/submit

David Schickler's web site:  http://www.davidschickler.com/