Upcoming Undergraduate Courses

English Classes for Spring 2016

ENGL 20100: The Nature of Literary Study ● M & W, 11:00 – 12:20 ● Colin Fewer
A study of literary concepts and critical procedures as applied to representative poetry, fiction, and drama, with practice in critical writing.

ENGL 23100: Introduction to Literature
Section 2 ● T & Th, 11:00 – 12:20 ● Mita Choudhury
Section 3 ● Distance Learning/Online ● Mita Choudhury
Divided into three segments which correspond to the three major genres in literature—drama, poetry, and the novel—this course provides an introductory framework from which students can launch into a more in- depth study of British, American, and continental literature. Designed for students who want to major in English or those who will become lifelong readers, this general education course helps to build strong writing and critical thinking skills.

ENGL 23800: Introduction to Fiction T & Th, 12:30 1:50 Dennis Barbour

Readings and discussion of selected short stories and several novels, to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the range, values, techniques, and meanings of reputable modern fiction.

ENGL 24100: British Literature: Romanticism to the Modern Period M & W, 3:30 4:50 Colin Fewer

Romanticism to the Modern Period. A continuation of ENGL 24000, this course surveys English literature (excluding the novel) from the late eighteenth century to the twentieth century, with emphasis on such major writers as Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Arnold, Blake, Hardy, Yeats, T.S. Eliot, and Auden. The course also treats significant minor writers in their relation to literary movements and ideas.

ENGL 26100: Introduction to World Literature since 1700 T & Th, 12:30 1:50 Margaret Rossi

A comparison of some of the major works of world literature in translation, from 1700 to present. Emphasis on Continental, African, Latin-American and Eastern literature.

ENGL 30800: Modern English Grammar T & Th, 9:30 10:50 Mohammed Errihani

An introduction to the study of traditional, structural, and generative-transformational analyses of English. Some attention to new directions in grammatical description and application.

ENGL 31900: Creative Writing T & Th, 11:00 12:20 Michael Dobberstein

An introduction to the writing of genres traditionally considered as creative, such as short stories, drama, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Workshop criticism.

ENGL 32400: International Womens Literature M & W, 11:00 12:20 Colette Morrow

This course presents an international perspective on women’s social, political, economic and imaginative lives. The major emphasis will be global literatures from Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. (WOST 32400)

ENGL 35100: American Literature from 1865 Post-World War II T & Th, 3:30 4:50 Dennis Barbour

A continuation of ENGL 35000, this course surveys American literature from the Civil War to recent times, emphasizing such major literary figures as Dickinson, Twain, James, Crane, Frost, T.S. Eliot, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. The course also treats significant minor writers in their relation to literary movements and ideas and includes the work of minority writers.

ENGL 39600: Sex, Race, and Leadership
Distance Learning/Online Colette Morrow

This course examines leadership in social contexts. Emphasis is placed on theorizing institutionalized impediments and opportunities to exercising leadership in the context of social locations, such as age, gender, class, race, immigrant status, national origin, ability, and so on. It also focuses on developing skills that are necessary for negotiating these phenomena and promoting liberatory, just social change.

ENGL 39600: Grant Writing W, 5:00 7:50 Karen Bishop-Morris

This course is designed for students who will enter professional careers requiring knowledge of proposal writing. In this course students will develop an appreciation for the deeply historical, political, financial and social aspects of grantsmanship. Students will acquire a range of skills including but not limited to: engaging in organizational research, history and missions, identifying funding sources, researching relevant issues, designing effective programming, evaluating programs and activities, and creating budgets

ENGL 40300: Literary Theory T & Th, 8:00 9:20 Daniel Punday

This seminar addresses three major concerns in the study of literature: the problem and the possibility of theory; the problems of canon, form and genre; and the problems of meaning and significance.

ENGL 40600: Review Writing Th, 5:00 7:50 Carolyn Boiarsky

Intensive practice in the writing of book, film, and theatre criticism, as well as reviews of musical programs and art exhibits. Readings of critics to serve as possible models. Audience analysis of newspapers and periodicals that would be potential markets.

ENGL 41101: Introduction to Writing in the Health Sciences M & W, 2:00 3:20 Carolyn Boiarsky

A study of the literary critical or cinematic works of one or two influential authors or directors.

ENGL 41300: Literature and Culture of the 1960s T & Th, 5:00 6:20 Dennis Barbour

ENGL 41800: Short Fiction Writing M & W, 2:00 3:20 Janine Harrison

Study of short techniques and practices in the craft of short story literary fiction writing. Workshop environment.

ENGL 42601: Writing for Social Media Distance Learning/Online Mark Mabrito

This course will introduce students to the contexts and forms of social media, Students will become familiar with a range of social media tools, analyze and discuss their uses and implications, and understand the writer’s role in creating social media. This course will provide the tools and experience to successfully utilize social media for strategic endeavors.

ENGL 43600: Writing for Informational and Interactive Media Distance Learning/Online Mark Mabrito

An introduction to writing for informational interactive media. Material presented includes: the role of the interactive writer, thinking interactively, interactive structure, script format and the special challenges of presenting information interactively. Students will create an original design proposal for an informational interactive application with flowchart, script, and treatment.

ENGL 44200: Shakespeare T & Th, 2:00 3:20 Mita Choudhury

Shakespeare’s dramatic craftsmanship, characterization, poetry, humor, psychology, and modern pertinence illustrated in representative tragedies, comedies, and history plays.

ENGL 49200: Literature in the Secondary Schools M & W, 8:00 9:20 Colette Morrow

Exploration of the theory, research and pedagogy supporting the teaching of literature at the secondary level. Topics include text selection, instructional strategies, adolescent literacy, student engagement and the use of alternative texts.


Philosophy Classes for Spring 2016

PHIL 10600: Human Experience in Art, Literature, Music, and Philosophy
Section 1 ● M & W, 12:30 – 1:50 ● TBA
Section 2 ● Distance Learning/Online ● Renee Conroy
Section 5 ● M & W, 9:30 – 10:50 ● David Detmer

An introduction to the problems, methods, and main traditions, experiences and ideas which lie at the heart of all humanities (e.g. love, death, justice, duty, nature, beauty, and deity) using as material specimens of the visual arts, music, literature, and philosophy.

PHIL 11000: Introduction to Philosophy
Section 1 ● M & W, 9:30 – 10:50 ● TBA
Section 2 ● T & Th, 9:30 – 10:50 ● Renee Conroy
Section 3 ● M & W, 12:30 – 1:50 ● TBA
Section 5 ● T & Th, 12:30 – 1:50 ● Samuel Zinaich

The basic problems and types of philosophy, with special emphasis upon the problem of knowledge and nature of reality.

PHIL 11100: Ethics
Section 1 ● M & W, 11:00 – 12:20 ● Samuel Zinaich
Section 2 ● M & W, 3:30 – 4:50 ● TBA
Section 4 ● T & Th, 3:30 – 4:50 ● TBA

A study of the nature of moral value and obligation. Topics such as the following will be considered: different conceptions of the good life and standards of right conduct; the relation of non-moral and moral goodness; determinism, free will, and the problem of moral responsibility; the political and social dimensions of ethics; the principles and methods of moral judgment.

PHIL 12000: Critical Thinking ● M & W, 11:00 – 12:20 ● David Detmer

Course designed to develop reasoning skills and analytic abilities, based on an understanding of the rules or forms as well as the content of good reasoning. The course will cover moral, legal, and scientific reason, in addition to ordinary problem solving.

PHIL 15000: Principles of Logic ● T & Th, 11:00 – 12:20 ● Eugene Schlossberger

A first course in formal deductive logic; mechanical and other procedures for distinguishing good arguments from bad. Truthtables and proofs for sentential (Boolean) connectives, followed by quantificational logic and relations. Although metatheoretic topics are treated, the emphasis is on methods. NOTE: Students who wish may use PHL 150 as an alternative to a Mathematics requirement when their major allows it.

PHIL 21900: Introduction to Existentialism T & Th, 2:00 3:20 David Detmer

A survey of both the philosophical and more literary writings of the existentialist movement. Readings will be chosen from among the following writers: Kierkegaard, Nietzche, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Marcel, Heidegger, Camus, Sartre, Jaspers, de Beauvoir, Ortega, and Merleau-Ponty.

PHIL 29300: Law and Society (cross-listed as POL 34600) M & W, 2:00 3:20 Samuel Zinaich

Law and Society discusses the nature and development of law and legal institutions in historical, comparative, and contemporary prospectives; additionally, it investigates the interrelationship of law, morality, and custom, the prospects of legal and social change, and the nature of the legal profession.

PHIL 29300: Environmental Ethics T & Th, 11:00 12:20 David Detmer

This course examines some of the leading issues in environmental ethics, including questions about animal rights, the rights of future generations, climate change, the ethics of consumption, pollution, food ethics, and energy policy.

PHIL 30100: History of Ancient Philosophy M & W, 3:30 4:50 Samuel Zinaich

A survey of Greek philosophy from its beginning in the Milesian school through Presocratics to Plato and Aristotle.

PHIL 32400: Ethics for the Professions
Section 1 ● Distance Learning/Online ● Eugene Schlossberger
Section 2 ● M & W, 9:30 – 10:50 ● Samuel Zinaich
Section 3 ● T & Th, 2:00 – 3:20 ● TBA
Section 4 ● T & Th, 3:30 – 4:50 ● TBA
Section 5 ● T & Th, 9:30 – 10:50 ● Eugene Schlossberger
Section 6 ● M & W, 2:00 – 3:20 ● TBA
Section 8 ● Distance Learning/Online ● Eugene Schlossberger

A study of the ethical problems faced by professionals in engineering, management, and other professional fields. Topics include: ethical theories, moral decision-making, social responsibility, employee rights and responsibilities, the environment, truth telling, affirmative action, privacy and confidentiality, whistle- blowing, and deception.