Major I: Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.

22778

Carroll, Anna

Public Speaking as a Liberal Art gives students a foundation in the classical principles of Rhetoric and teaches application of these arts to contemporary... (read more)

22779

Dawson, Brent

Comedy as a genre has long been associated with low forms of pleasure, whether the delight we take in bodily functions and malfunctions, shameful and... (read more)

22782

Fickle, Tara

Grammar is the language we use to talk about language. It’s a tool for describing how written sentences work and figuring out and explaining why they don’t... (read more)

26648

Wood, Mary

What are the meanings of and responses to human suffering in an increasingly globalized world? How are those meanings and responses... (read more)

26950

Wojcik, Daniel

Introduces the study of beliefs about the supernatural by examining diverse approaches to the description and analysis of belief traditions and religious... (read more)

27045

Cortez, José

This course will introduce students to the study of basic sentence mechanics, conventions, and grammatical terminology. Additionally, The course covers various... (read more)

27046

Laskaya, C. Anne

This course provides students an exposure to English and French literature important for the English literary tradition, in modern translations, from the very... (read more)

27047

Barter, Faith

This course is a survey of writings by African American authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Studying fiction, essays, and poetry, we’ll close read representative texts to identify formal and thematic elements that characterize the African American literary tradition. We will consider how... (read more)

27134

Rust, Stephen

This course explores the fundamentals of film and media aesthetics, including narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and... (read more)

27136

Mastrostefano, Stephanie

This course will introduce you to the formal and narrative study of film. We will focus on film history, the technology of film production, and the methodology... (read more)

27574

Steinhart, Daniel

This course explores the fundamentals of film and media aesthetics, including narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and... (read more)

27790

Myers, Kate

This survey of world literature will focus on free thinkers from Europe to the Americas. We will trace their ideas of myth and magic, metaphysics and natural science,... (read more)

12154

Shankman, Steven

We will read foundational works from three different ancient cultures: China, Greece, and Israel. We will pay particular attention to the question of the kinds of values that these foundational works were meant to instill in their ancient audiences. What does each culture have to say about... (read more)

12158

Laskaya, C. Anne

Listening rigorously and deeply, inquiring into issues and topics of importance to our communities, and speaking effectively are key elements that assist our lives in any relationship, team-task, and group.  They are also crucial for a democracy to function and to improve.  Course readings,... (read more)

12163

Sayre, Gordon

The goal of this course is to learn to analyze the structure of English sentences, or syntax. The method is sentence diagramming, a technique for identifying and separating the elements of a sentence, the subject, object, verb, conjunctions and clauses, in a graphic arrangement. We will only... (read more)

12165

Whalan, Mark

This course is a survey of writings by African American authors. Studying fiction, essays, and poetry, we'll close read representative texts to identify formal and thematic elements that characterize the African American literary tradition. We will consider how these works exemplify and... (read more)

12176

Kelp-Stebbins, Kate

This course provides an introduction to the analysis of comics and graphic narratives in terms of their poetics, genres, forms, history, and the academic discipline of Comics Studies. Our multifaceted examination will balance close reading with in-depth research and analysis of the development... (read more)

12497

An introduction to contemporary folklore studies, with emphasis on the meanings of stories, rituals, festivals, body art, subcultures, the supernatural, street art, Internet folklore, and other forms of vernacular expression as these relate to a diversity of social identities and cultural... (read more)

16070

Bohls, Elizabeth

Since remote antiquity, for all sorts of reasons, people of many kinds have left home and hit the road. Journeys have always been a part of life, and travel writing has a long and varied history. We will read a wide range of travel accounts while asking what shared features define travel writing... (read more)

16078

Simnitt, Emily

What does it mean to be at home? How does it feel to lose one's home?

And how do ideas of home and homelessness shape our sense of self or security? This course builds on these questions to look at a collection of literary works that focus explicitly on the idea of home in American culture... (read more)

16455

Brown, Kirby

In 1968, Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for American literature. Momaday's award signaled for many the “arrival” of Native authors to the American literary scene, and ushered in an unprecedented era of Native literary production widely... (read more)

16778

This course is an introduction to film and media studies and various methods of critical analysis. In this course, we will see that there are many productive ways of thinking about movies and many approaches we can use to analyze them. These approaches include the study of narrative structure,... (read more)

16947

LeMenager, Stephanie

Time travel through the history of the science fiction genre from the early modern era to the current moment as we learn about how Sci Fi came to be what is arguably the most socially engaged form of fiction. We'll consider Sci Fi that draws on the hard sciences, on the social sciences, and... (read more)

16950

Brousseau, Marcel

As an introductory survey, this course emphasizes the formal, thematic, and cultural diversity of Latinx literature. We will read novels, poetry, short stories, and comics, among other media, by authors from a range of identities—including Mexican American, Central American, Cuban American, and... (read more)

17074

Gopal, Sangita

This course will build on our abilities to watch, analyze and write about media objects, particularly film. We will learn to recognize, define and elaborate on various kinds of cinema (fiction, documentary etc), genres (musical, western, horror etc), elements of narrative (script, plot, point of... (read more)

17076

Ok, HyeRyoung

This course examines the fundamental elements of film and media aesthetics, including narrative, mise-en- scène, cinematography, genre, editing, and sound. By learning how to analyze and interpret film form by utilizing proper cinematic language, students will develop critical understanding of... (read more)

40890

Bayless, Martha

This course is an examination of the period often considered the most “magical,” the Middle Ages. Looking at the practices of medieval western Europe, particularly Britain, we will examine how medieval culture defined magic, what they hoped to achieve by practicing (or forbidding) magic, and how... (read more)

42073

Introduces students to the theories and methods used in the study of folklore and popular culture; examines a diversity of approaches to the description and analysis of “common culture,” including popular narratives, legends, rituals, ethnic and gender stereotypes, carnivalesque events, fan... (read more)

42421

This course will build on our abilities to watch, analyze and write about media objects, particularly film. We will learn to recognize, define and elaborate on various kinds of cinema (fiction, documentary etc.), genres (musical, western, horror etc.), elements of narrative (script, plot, point... (read more)

42422

Rust, Stephen

“Survey of U.S. Cinema": We will screen a sampling of films associated with U.S./American cinema through its relatively short history since the sound era—-beginning with important “genres,” progressing into cinematic “modes,” and ultimately examining how movies in our national context reflect... (read more)

42454

Brown, Kirby

In 1968, Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for American literature. Momaday's award signaled for many the “arrival” of Native authors to the American literary scene, and ushered in an unprecedented era of Native literary production widely... (read more)

42457

This class is conceived as an introduction to the art of comics, and to the methodologies of the new academic discipline of Comics Studies. Course content will vary from term to term, according to the specialist interests of the individual instructor, within the following parameters. Students... (read more)

32005

Graman, Claire

Today it’s easier than ever to access media through streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, yet their selection of films made before 1980 is surprisingly sparse. Where are these classic films and why should we care? This course will introduce you to cinema studies, including... (read more)

32007

Crosswhite, James

While the primary emphasis of this course will be students’ frequent practice and evaluation of their own public speaking, we will also discuss theories of rhetoric; the identity, characteristics, and relationship of speaker (self) and audience (other); the importance of listening as an aspect... (read more)

32008

Bovilsky, Lara

This course will survey the long history of stories about the creation of artificial men and women. We’ll look at the desires expressed by this genre, most of all, the desire to perfect or eliminate what is most human. Familiar questions – can robots feel? can we tell who is a robot? – will be... (read more)

32009

Peppis, Paul

Genre courses focus on particular genres and forms crucial for the study of English, American, and Anglophone literature and culture and are aimed primarily at English majors. This course on tragedy traces the historical development and transformation of the genre and places strong emphasis on... (read more)

32013

Thorsson, Courtney

This course is a survey of writings by African American authors. Studying fiction, essays, and poetry, we will read representative texts to consider whether there are specific formal and thematic elements that characterize an African American literary tradition. We will consider how these texts... (read more)

32015

Steinhart, Daniel

Media Aesthetics (ENG 260) teaches the vocabulary required to formally analyze cinema and related media, with an emphasis on narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound. Students will learn to identify, define, and apply key vocabulary used to describe and analyze the aesthetics... (read more)

32016

Gopal, Sangita

ENG 267, the third of three courses that study the historical evolution of cinema as an institution and as an art form from its origin, covers the time period from the “end” of the studio system in the 1960s to the present day. It may be taken individually or as part of a series (with ENG 265... (read more)

35962

Brown, Kirby

In 1968, Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday’s House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for American literature. Momaday’s award signaled for many the “arrival” of Native authors to the American literary scene, and ushered in an unprecedented era of Native literary production widely... (read more)

36784

Li, David

Reading Asian American texts as a form of cultural representation, the class will be concerned with the following:

  1. Where is Asian America? What are its geographical, social, and epistemological boundaries?
  2. What is Asian American? Is it a racial concept, cultural construct,... (read more)
22719

Graman, Claire

This course will introduce you to cinema studies, including history, culture, analysis, theory, aesthetics, and production, through the lens of genre. Why are there certain genres of film and what do they say about our culture? By examining classic and contemporary films within the western,... (read more)

22723

LeRud, Lizzy

This course explores the art of public speaking as grounded in theories of rhetoric, especially those pertaining to the relationship of a speaker to an audience, the importance of listening as an aspect of speaking, and the socioethical contexts of public discourse. Assignments and activities... (read more)

22724

Wood, Mary

This course will examine the development of autobiography as a literary genre from the spiritual narratives of medieval women mystics to the graphic memoirs of twenty-first century writers. Along the way we will consider a range of autobiographical forms, including slave narrative, immigrant... (read more)

22727

Curry, Elizabeth

This course will introduce students to literature that depicts ‘the environment’ in various ways: as resplendent landscape, as increasingly industrialized space, as ecologically compromised animal habitat, and as chemically altered agricultural swath. This course will read fiction, nonfiction,... (read more)

22729

Miller, Quinn

This course develops critical reading and research skills. It introduces technical vocabulary for analyzing the form of moving image texts in the study of media aesthetics. We address material objects and cultural history related to media technology, looking at print culture, audiobook, still... (read more)

22730

Gopal, Sangita

This course aims to develop your media literacy by providing you with a precise set of critical tools for analyzing moving image texts. Although our primary focus will be on the formal analysis of image and sound rather than media history or social issues, we will study the interplay between... (read more)

22731

Rust, Stephen

This is the second course in a three-term sequence that studies the evolution of cinema as an art form and economic and cultural institution. English 266 continues from the end of the silent film era early 1960s. The aim of the course is to develop interpretive skills relevant to the study of... (read more)

26577

Wald, Sarah

We will explore issues related to food production and consumption through fictional and non-fictional representations of farmers and farmworkers in contemporary U.S. literature and culture. We will look at food production, food distribution, and food access through the lens of agriculture,... (read more)

26808

Shankman, Steven

English 108 is the second quarter of a year-long survey of World Literature, between antiquity and the modern period. In European literature, this period includes the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Rather than sample a smattering of various texts from this period, we will read a single great... (read more)

26809

Pyle, Forest

From the Early Modern lyric poetry of Shakespeare and Donne through the “lyrical ballads,” songs, and odes of British Romanticism and the American lyrical experiments of Dickinson and Whitman and the work of modernist and post-modernist lyric poets to the “lyrics” of our contemporary popular... (read more)

26825

Sayre, Gordon

The goal of this course is to learn to analyze the structure of English sentences, or syntax. The method is sentence diagramming, a technique for identifying and separating the elements of a sentence, the subject, object, verb, conjunctions and clauses, in a graphic arrangement. We will only... (read more)

26826

Warren, Joyce Pualani

What story does your body tell? Beyond the assumptions others may make based on physical appearance, or what you might convey through adornment, what narrative does your body perpetuate? The Proto Polynesian word “tatau” (tattoo) is both a noun, the physical mark inscribed on the body, and a... (read more)

26827

Li, David

This class is a sampling of American writing by its ethnic and racial minority writers. Generically speaking, we shall devote ourselves to prose fiction and non-fiction.

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27672

Simnitt, Emily

What does it mean to be at home? How does it feel to lose one's home? And how do ideas of home and homelessness shape our sense of self or security? This course builds on these questions to look at a collection of literary works that focus explicitly on the idea of home in American culture. We'... (read more)

12126

McGuffie, Allison

Movies are often dismissed as mere popular entertainment. But the very pervasiveness of audio-visual media in our lives demands that we look more carefully at these cultural products. In fact, an entire field of study has developed to investigate the history and significance of moving picture... (read more)

16940

Wood, Mary; Rovak, Angela

What are the meanings of and responses to human suffering in an increasingly globalized world? How are those meanings and responses inflected by race, class, gender, ethnicity, and national identity? How does Western biomedicine define disease and wellness (both now and historically) and how are... (read more)

40804

O'Kelly, Brendan

This course will introduce you to the discipline of Film Studies. We will focus on film history, the technology of film production, and the narrative conventions of filmmaking. Along with film itself, we will attend to the cultural, political, and economic contexts that produce it. To emphasize—... (read more)

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Tanner, Rachel

This course provides an introduction to the academic discipline of Comics Studies, which focuses on
comics as a form of literary production and asks questions about how and why comics are written and
read. You will be exposed to a variety of comic-art forms (the newspaper strip, the... (read more)

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Course Description: This course will build on our abilities to watch, analyze and write about media objects, particularly film. We will learn to recognize, define and elaborate on various kinds of cinema (fiction, documentary, etc), genres (musical, western, crime, etc), and elements of... (read more)

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Li, David

As indicated by the title, this class is an introduction to the literary production by American authors of Asian descent. We shall read classic texts from this ethnic American literary tradition to understand the unique histories that shape it and to appreciate the people’s struggles and... (read more)

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Course Description:
This course is a survey of writings by African American authors of the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. We will study a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, and nonfiction, from the earliest published work by African Americans through to... (read more)

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Pyle, Forest; Filo, Gina

Description This course, which focuses on four of the later plays of Shakespeare’s career, is designed as an introduction to the language, themes, contexts, and implications of Shakespeare’s most mature work. Though our close reading of these plays will lead us to consider any number of the many... (read more)

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Ever since The Blair Witch Project (1999) was marketed as “found footage” documenting the last few days of missing—and presumably dead—film students, the horror genre has been dominated by an endless barrage of films pretending to be discovered footage of actual events. These films have been so... (read more)

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English 110 is a lower-division elective that satisfies the Arts & Letters group
requirement by critically examining film and media objects. This incarnation of the
course is titled, “Survey of US Cinema.” We will screen a sampling of films associated
with US/American cinema... (read more)

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Shankman, Steven

English 109 is the third quarter of a year-long survey of World Literature. In the third quarter we read works from the modern period. What does it mean to be a modern? The word “modern” is commonly used to mean “new,” and most often it refers to our own era. It is a well-established practice... (read more)

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Clark, Stephanie

Reading two novels, including John Crowley’s classic post-apocalyptic fantasy novel Engine Summer, and a variety of short stories, ENG 104 addresses basic questions about the nature of prose narrative and the interrelated activities of reading, writing, and interpretation. Most of the course... (read more)

32037

Upton, Corbett

Course Description: This course offers students a broad introduction to the study of literary fiction. Focusing on
the works of major writers, students develop analytical skills that will allow them to think, write, and speak
intelligently about fiction. The course addresses basic... (read more)

32056

Gopal, Sangita

Course Objectives: This is the final segment of a three-term sequence that studies how cinema evolved as an institution and and an industrial art form. English 267 covers the period 1950s to the present. The aim of the course is explore the recent history of global cinema and develop the... (read more)

32056

Gopal, Sangita

This is the final segment of a three-term sequence that studies how cinema evolved as an institution and and an industrial art form. English 267 covers the period 1950s to the present. The aim of the course is explore the recent history of global cinema and develop the critical and analytic... (read more)

36586

Wheeler, Elizabeth (Betsy)

This genre course revolves around key figures of fantasy literature such as mythical
beasts, bodily transformation, portals, talking animals, wizards, magical objects,
quests, and world-building. Each one of these figures is a motif: “a unit within literature
that proves so useful... (read more)

36587

Wood, Mary

This course will examine the development of autobiography as a literary genre from the spiritual narratives of medieval women mystics to the graphic memoirs of twenty-first century writers. Along the way we will consider a range of autobiographical forms, including slave narrative, immigrant... (read more)

36657

Tanner, Rachel

This course provides an introduction to the academic discipline of Comics Studies, which focuses on
comics as a form of literary production and asks questions about how and why comics are written and
read. You will be exposed to a variety of comic-art forms (the newspaper strip, the... (read more)

22203

Upton, Corbett

This course offers students a broad introduction to the study of literary fiction. Focusing on
the works of major writers, students develop analytical skills that will allow them to think, write, and speak
intelligently about fiction. The course addresses basic questions about the... (read more)

22209

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)

22212

English 110 is a lower-division elective that satisfies the Arts & Letters group requirement by critically examining film and media objects. This incarnation of the course is titled, “Survey of US Cinema.” We will screen a sampling of films associated with US/American cinema throughout its... (read more)

22213

This course aims to provide an introduction to television studies and the relationship between American television, as a crucial source of news and entertainment, and the postwar nation. While we will address key industrial and technological history related to the television medium, the course... (read more)

22218

Myers, Kate

The words of Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and most criticized characters, maintain two contradictory ideas: that the truth is the truth and that it is not. In lines like this one, Falstaff and many other Shakespearean characters model the ambivalence of perspective, orientation,... (read more)

22230

Curry, Elizabeth

This course will introduce students to changing depictions of the environment in 19th, 20th, and 21st century literature. Represented as resplendent landscape, increasingly industrialized space, ecologically compromised habitat, and as chemically altered agricultural swath, the environment and... (read more)

22233

Gopal, Sangita

This course will build on our abilities to watch, analyze and write about media objects, particularly film. We will learn to recognize, define and elaborate on various kinds of cinema (fiction, documentary etc), genres (musical, western, horror etc), elements of narrative (script, plot, point of... (read more)

22234

This is the second part of a three-term sequence that studies the history of cinema. We will use a series of case studies to develop your research, analytic, and writing skills in terms of critical thinking, historical analysis, key films, and specific movements in various historical and... (read more)

22240

Graman, Claire

Discussion sections for ENG 266 are designed to provide you with close interaction and the opportunity to actively participate with your peers. This section is your chance to ask and answer questions, to discuss the films, readings, and lectures, and to analyze closely the formal qualities of... (read more)

26050

Kaufman, Heidi

What happens when digital tools meet literature? What can the “digital turn” in literary studies help us to understand about stories, history, language, aesthetics, form, cultural networks, adaptation, rhetoric, and the transmission of the written word?

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26936

Miller, Quinn

This course explores formal elements of analog and digital media culture. To develop foundational skills for critical analysis, we explore complexity in representation and the interplay of production, norms, and power relations in performance and composition. The course focuses on mediation as... (read more)

26987

Peppis, Paul

Genre courses focus on particular genres and forms crucial for the study of English, American, and Anglophone literature and culture and are aimed primarily at English majors. So structured, these courses explicitly align with the first three of the English Department’s core competencies in ... (read more)

26991

Sayre, Gordon

The goal of this course is to learn how to analyze the structure of English sentences, or syntax. The method is sentence diagramming, a technique for identifying and separating the elements of a sentence, the subject, object, verb, conjunctions and clauses, in a graphic arrangement. We will only... (read more)

26992

We will read a variety of Latina novels, short stories, and screenplays to explore how themes of migration, displacement, race, sexism, class, and homophobia appear within Chicana/Latina literary traditions.

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26994

O'Kelly, Brendan

ENG 300 introduces you to literary criticism and literary theory. We will examine major modes and schools of criticism—engaging in depth with the theories that inform them—to provide you with a strong background for comprehending contemporary literary studies as an academic discipline and... (read more)

27000

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)

27143

Brock, Justin

In this class, we will analyze games and interactive fiction (IF) as our shared textual objects. We
will examine the ways in which these texts interact with readers/users/players in the
(re)creation of narrative, worlds, selves, and identities.

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