Saturday, August 30, 2008

New Graduate Programs

EFLJ is involved in two new graduate programs. This fall, the Master of Applied Arts in Integrated Media--a program involving EFLJ and the departments of Music, Art, and Communication Studies and Theater--began delivering courses to its first cohort of students. The program's website ( explains that the new MAA program "has been specifically conceived as an interdisciplinary laboratory where students combine the traditional foundations of design and visual communication, video and music with a view towards developing fresh creative strategies. The Master of Applied Arts in Integrated Media at Missouri Western State University is a professional degree program focused on producing technically sophisticated, artistically talented graduates who are sought after by corporations, advertising agencies, graphic design studios and by the growing electronic arts industry."

The MAA in Written Communication ( is divided into two options: Writing Studies and Technical Communication. The Writing Studies option is ideal for teachers who wish to develop professionally as writing teachers. The Prairie Lands Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, is a large component of that option. The option in Technical Communication offers students course work in writing for media, writing for management, interactive web design, publications management, as well as technical writing.

We have offered a Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing for a couple of years now, and this certificate satisfies many requirements in the MAA in Written Communication's option in Writing Studies (

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