In case you didn’t know, I am a grad student. I started working on my Master’s in Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC) at the University of Texas at Dallas last year right after completing my B.A. in English. I did not know quite what I was getting myself into, but I’ve been happy with my choice ever since. I’m learning a lot that I think will help me in my professional and personal life.
The EMAC M.A. program is relatively short, with only 33 credits required to graduate. After some deliberation back and forth, I’ve decided to graduate next spring, so this will be my final academic year at UT Dallas.
I’ve taken some really interesting courses so far in my studies, but I think this fall semester might be my most mixed assortment yet as I finish up the last of my required courses. Just so you know what I’ll be studying this fall, I thought I’d blurb the three courses I’ve decided on taking. I’m actually pretty happy with this final selection and think I will be exposed to a lot of different things, which is always exciting.
Social Science Perspectives of Emerging Media & Communication (3 cr.)
This is my last required course specific to my program and I think it will be about research methodologies that I will need know to do well on my Capstone, and my PhD beyond. I wish I had been able to take it last fall, but I think this has turned out for the best as this class is more specifically tailored towards humanities related to media studies than it was last fall when it was too full for me to take. I think it’s worked out for the best for me, all things considered.
Introduction to Film Studies (3 cr.)
I could take this class or two others that are offered more infrequently to meet this specific program requirement, so I’ve decided to just get it out of the way this semester with film studies. I’ve heard this is a relatively easy class, but I don’t know if I trust the guy who told me that (because it sounded like it was “easy” because he was slacking & there’s no way to know what he got at the end). I’m just trying to be optimistic that I will be exposed to some amazing films I’ve never seen before and probably never would see outside this class if I wasn’t forced.
German Literature & Ideas 1870–1960 (3 cr.)
I am allowed one free elective in my program and I’ve decided to use it this penultimate semester on this German literature class. I’ve always been really fascinated by German-Austrian history and culture but never had a chance to read much of the defining literature coming from it. So I think this class will be really interesting, especially as the syllabus shows the instructor will be contextualizing the time in relation the Holocaust. My biggest reason for choosing this class is that it will influence by own writing, as a lot of my stories are set in worlds based on the countries of continental Europe.
Over the course of the semester, you might here a little about more exciting assignments or projects I have to complete for these classes, but probably not much more than that. I still intend to be reading and writing whenever I can, and blogging about it too!
My classes start August 22nd and pretty much span the entire week. This will also be my first semester as a teaching assistant (TA), so I have no idea what that schedule will be looking like just yet. I begin my first TA orientation (of several apparently) the day this post is scheduled to go live, so I might know sooner rather than later about how much free time I’ll really have!