Variable Topics Research Seminars: Mass Communication
Professor Goldman's class will whip your writing into shape. Overall, it's a great class to take if you're interested in a career in journalism or in a career where clear, concise writing is important. She really cares about her students and expects a lot from them, but she's willing to work with you to get your writing to the next level. She grades assignments anonymously, so you know she's judging each writing piece independently and without any bias. She also grades writing assignments on a rubric, which can make getting a high score more difficult. But she provides a list of common problems after the first assignment and updates it every week. If you use the list to self-edit you will score fine. The workload for her writing class is relatively light: two short reading assignments (between 10 and 40 pages) and one writing assignment of 400 to 500 words per week. She builds in breaks around midterms to give students a chance to focus on other classes which is pretty generous. Goldman holds office hours two days each week and will go over assignments to help you score better when you turn them in.