A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.


Wheeler, Elizabeth (Betsy)

Why do stories matter? In this class we will read novels of childhood and adolescence, both
fantasy and realistic, and compare them to the stories that matter in our own lives and
families. The novels come from India, England, South Korea, and the United States. By the
end of the... (read more)


Wonham, Henry

ENG 106 is an introduction to one of the major genres in literary studies. Through careful analysis of poems by five major American writers—Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and Wallace Stevens—students will be challenged to explain not only what a given poem might... (read more)


Students in ENG 208 read and discuss Shakespeare's later work. The course introduces students to central questions in and approaches to the study of literature in English. Specific topics for discussion may include Shakespeare’s work with the constraints of genre; his dramaturgy; his... (read more)


Wonham, Henry

Together with ENG 391, ENG 392 forms a chronological upper-division survey of the American novel from the 19th to the 20th century. These courses can be taken as a sequence, or they can be taken individually. No prerequisites are required, but students should be capable of advanced university-... (read more)


Laskaya, C. Anne

ENG 107 is the first of a three-part chronological survey examining international trends in literature from ancient civilizations to the present. The year-long sequence (107, 108, 109) may be taken as a sequence or individually. There are no prerequisites, and no background knowledge of global... (read more)


This course offers an introduction to the study of literature through the lens of faith and belief in fiction. In this course, we will examine ways that different texts grapple with some of the knottiest and deepest questions of life:
• How do the stories we tell affect what we believe?... (read more)