Georgetown University | 2019–2023
MPS in integrated marketing communications

I will begin my integrated marketing communications master’s degree at Georgetown University in January 2019. As I complete each course, I will add them here.

Brigham Young University | 2014–2017
BA in English, minor in editing

I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, from January 2014 to April 2017. I graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and a minor in editing.

The following are courses I took at BYU, with their accompanying course descriptions, that relate to the editing, writing, and publishing industry. Course descriptions are taken from the BYU websites and course catalogs.

  • English Language 223: Introduction to the English Language
    • Acquire basic analytical tools in core areas of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.
  • English 295: Writing Literary Criticism
    • Find and interpret credible sources, integrate sources purposefully in support of analysis, document sources using MLA format; address an academic audience, support arguments, and engage effectively in critical conversations about literature.
  • English 328R: Studies in Composing
    • Focus on particular questions, theorists, practices, or genres in the field of composition studies; explain and use rhetorical principles and practices to explicate, evaluate, and create effective spoken and written texts in multiple genres and media.
  • English 394R: Applied English
    • Obtain a writing internship to practice and hone writing skills in a professional environment.
  • Digital Humanities 230: Introduction to Print Publishing
    • Introduction to print design, typesetting, and their place in the publication process; focus on basic design theory and skills in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • English Language 322: Modern American Usage
    • Identify and use multiple approaches to evaluating English usage, identify and use the most appropriate tools for each approach, and evaluate the validity of prescriptive rules by using these approaches and tools.
  • English Language 325: Grammar of English
    • Analyze and describe grammatical structures in English at the word, phrase, clause, and sentence levels, and identify and label parts of speech in English sentences.
  • English Language 350: Basic Editing Skills
    • Demonstrate copy editing skills by using them to improve sample manuscripts in terms of punctuation, spelling, usage, and sentence clarity; apply style and usage requirements with flexibility, customized to specific contexts; and deploy empirical methods to investigate patterns of style and usage and make editorial decisions.
  • English Language 410R: Genre & Substantive Editing
    • Articulate a personal perspective on ethical issues in publishing and demonstrate specialized skills and the perspective required by at least one specific editing genre.
      • For this class, I elected to learn about book publishing.
  • English Language 430R: Editing for Publication
    • Demonstrate ability to work in small groups and accept and implement mentor feedback; edit and design a publication project; demonstrate understanding of the publishing industry and the requirements of an effective job search.