Writing matters. In both academic and professional situations, including internships and future employment, you need to communicate effectively. This course teaches you valuable advanced writing skills and gives you the opportunity to practice formal and informal public speaking and the delivery of formal and informal presentations. You will learn how to approach texts from various genres and media through the lens of different literary theories as well as through the careful reading and analysis of examples of effective writing and presentation. You will organize your findings into a research paper or similar project, and present your work in a professional setting. You will also learn how to translate this acquired knowledge into employment skills or in preparation for graduate school.