Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (Writing & Critical Reflection)

Master of Arts Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking with a Concentration in Writing and Critical Reflection

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 30
    Credits
  • $375.00
    In-State
  • $617.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. No GRE is required for this master's degree program.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students must complete 30 credit hours, including the following requirements: Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking (3 credit hours), 12 credit hours chosen from a primary concentration, an additional 12 credit hours either chosen through an array of electives from outside the primary concentration or from a secondary concentration and a Graduate Project (3 credit hours).

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CACT 8650Writing Across Differences: Rhetorical Theory for Persuasion in Public Advocacy3
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.
CACT 8090Graduate Project3
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.
CACT 8640Creative Nonfiction in Digital Environments3
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.
CACT 8630Digital Rhetoric3
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.
CACT 8310Ecological Writing and Analysis3
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.
CACT 8000Introduction to Critical & Creative Thinking3
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.
CACT 8610Professional & Technical Writing3
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$375.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$427.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1125.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1281.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$617.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$669.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1851.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$2007.75
Maggie Christensen, Ph.D.
Lecturer & Writing Program Administrator

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.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 15
  • Spring SemesterNov 01
  • Summer SessionsMar 01