In this course, students explore the relationship between what we see and what we know by asking “Is seeing believing?” in a universal and specific sense. By reading contemporary short fiction, essays, poetry and nonfiction texts, such as David Cullen’s “nonfiction novel” “Columbine,” along with visual texts, such as classic and contemporary films, journalistic photography and other multimedia resources, students discover how this is both an age-old question and a question that is still at the forefront of our minds today. Echoing the shape and goals of a college composition course, the course continues to develop students’ analytical and persuasive writing skills as they write for different audiences and purposes. The course will support written expression, helping students polish their grammar and style in preparation for college. (Semester, .50 credit) Offered 2021–2022.