The Applied English major at UNT Dallas offers an innovative program that develops students as writers and critical thinkers about language and communication, all while focusing on specific marketable skills that will serve them for future employment or graduate school. The program blends the study of writing, rhetoric, literature, linguistics, and new media, and is designed to be interdisciplinary, using insights from various academic fields to provide foundational knowledge and skills.
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Online and evening classes are available, and classes are offered year-round. Popular courses in the Applied English program include:
- New Media Writing
- Discourse Analysis of E-Languages
- Creative Writing
- Rhetoric of Race/Racism
- Hip Hop Rhetoric
- African American Literature
- Mexican American Autobiography
Students will become stronger academic writers in the areas of grammar, organization, style, argumentation, research, and citation. They will also become stronger technical, business, and new media writers with specific skills in developing and writing short essays, research papers, blog essays, business letters, business proposals, and research prospectuses.
Students will develop as presenters. They will learn how to verbally communicate information effectively, create visual presentation using PowerPoint and Prezi, and create supplemental documents.
Students will engage with technology to create blogs, podcasts, websites, social media, and e-portfolios.
Students will develop as complex thinkers about writing, language, and communication, and connect rhetorical thinking to complex social issues in various fields.