Much to our chagrin, classes have resumed at UMM!
Before delving into academic talk… I got new glasses! It was about time. The old ones called my face home for almost four years and were falling apart.
All right, enough selfies. Now to business.
Here’s what I’ve got lined up this semester:
Intro to Public Speaking: Although I have extensive experience in the area (four years on the Speech team, competing at the state tournament, and giving chapel talks all summer), my communication minor requires I take Public Speaking. Thankfully, I enjoy the subject and it’s only for the first half of the semester!
Visual Journalism: Again, this is for my communication minor. In this class, we will be learning about communicating messages visually. The first half of the semester will be focused on still images and photography, the second through video. I have little to no experience in media production, so this class should be enlightening and will give me some useful skills.
Grammar and Language: This is the ultimate English major class where our natural inclination to correct people’s grammar becomes refined and sharpened. The first half of the course focuses on grammar–sentence diagramming and understanding not only how the English language is constructed, but how it changes. The second focuses more on history. We will be learning the complete history of our language, which includes giving recitations in Old, Middle, and Early Modern English. Basically, come December, we will all be fully inducted members of the Grammar Police.
Victorian Literature and Culture: Ever since I set foot on this campus four years ago, I have been dying to take this class. I don’t need it for any requirements, but am taking it purely for fun. We will be reading a handful of novels from England’s Victorian period of literature and learning about the culture of the people. This semester, the professor is teaching the course from the angle of criminology and punishment. We’ll be looking at how the rapidly changing world that the Victorians inhabited shaped what crime is and how it was punished.
Most of these are upper-level courses, so they’ll be challenging, but definitely intellectually stimulating. I can’t wait for all the things I get to learn!