In the Writing and Critical Reflection concentration, students gain the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to write effectively for professional success, social action and advocacy and personal fulfillment.
Acknowledging the wide variety of activities and products we refer to as "writing" and considering the ever-changing means to create and deliver that writing, you will learn to identify and understand the complex interactions between layers of purpose and audience in every writing situation.
Students will encounter opportunities for critical reflection that will enhance your effective rhetorical and technical decision-making in the writing process.
Through researching, studying and producing writing in a variety of genres and contexts, you will also achieve a deeper theoretical understanding of both the influence that natural, digital, social and cultural environments have on your writing and the significant potential of your writing to impact these environments.
Maggie Christensen's research interests include rhetoric and composition, multi-modal composition/digital writing and composition pedagogy. She co-edited' From the Heartland: Critical Reading and Writing at UNO' and is the author of 'Evocative Objects: Re-imagining the Possibilities of Multi-modal Composition', among other selected publications.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Students must complete 30 credit hours, including the following requirements:
|Introduction to Critical & Creative Thinking||3|
Course Number: CACT 8000
This course is the foundational introductory course for the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking program (MA CCT). It focuses on the development of students’ skills as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers as well as the cultivation of students’ capacity to recognize and leverage tools, resources, and ideas towards finding innovative solutions to everyday problems.
Course Number: CACT 8090
The Graduate Project is an applied student project under the direction of a faculty adviser. In the project, the student will apply interdisciplinary knowledge and skills gained within the program to address a problem or to expand knowledge within or across disciplines. The product or artifact produced by the student may take a variety of forms.
|Ecological Writing and Analysis||3|
Course Number: CACT 8310
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in a wide range of foundational works and key techniques of ecological writing and theory in English. By engaging mindfully with these works and techniques, students will develop advanced skills in ecologically oriented critical analysis and creative thinking. This course supports the Writing and Critical Reflection and the Health and the Environment concentrations in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.
|Professional & Technical Writing||3|
Course Number: CACT 8310
This course will introduce students to the theory, research, and practices of professional and technical writing. Through readings, discussions, and assignments, students will gain an understanding of the types and circumstances of communication challenges encountered in the workplace. The course will also consider the roles of persuasion and ethics in written communication.
Course Number: CACT 8630
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in the theory and practice of digital rhetoric by considering technology’s deep impact on how we define and engage in writing. Students examine contemporary writing practices as part of a rich rhetorical tradition while they design and create effective multimodal compositions and analyze foundational works in digital rhetoric. This course supports the Writing and Critical Reflection concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.
|Creative Nonfiction in Digital Environments||3|
Course Number: CACT 8640
Students in this course will study creative nonfiction in digital environments, analyze rhetorical situations created in digital environments, and create individual creative nonfiction blogs—which might include, in addition to other modalities, sounds, animations, and hypertext. The course will also focus on the study and analysis of craft-elements of creative nonfiction: narrative persona, tone, rhythm and style, scenic construction, among others. Students taking this course will learn to read with interpretative and analytical proficiency a broad range of creative nonfiction in digital environments.
|Writing Across Differences: Rhetorical Theory for Persuasion in Public Advocacy||3|
Course Number: CACT 8650
This course provides students a theoretical foundation for understanding how language is used in various types of discourses and texts as a means of convincing others of a given viewpoint or idea. Students will apply this theory to real-world writing scenarios in their scholarly areas of interest, to advocacy and social issues movements, or to address workplace needs and goals. This course supports the Writing and Critical Reflection concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.