Upcoming Undergraduate Courses

English Classes for Fall 2015

ENGL 20100: The Nature of Literary Study ● M & W, 11:00 – 12:20 ● Colette Morrow
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 1 ● T & Th, 3:30 – 4:50 ● Zenobia Mistri
Section 2 ● M & W, 3:30 – 4:50 ● Colin Fewer
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 23600: Mothers and Daughters in Literature ● T & Th, 2:00 – 3:20 ● Zenobia Mistri
Course acquaints students with a new of literature by women. Students explore mother-daughter relationships as presented in this literature to enhance their understanding of feminist approaches to life. Not open to students with credit in WOST 23600.

ENGL 23800: Introduction to Fiction ● T & Th, 2:00 – 3:20 ● 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 24000: British Literature through the 18th Century ● M & W, 2:00 – 3:20 ● Colin Fewer
Through The Neoclassical Period. An introduction to English literature from the Anglo-Saxon age through the eighteenth century neoclassical period, with emphasis on such major writers as Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare (non-dramatic work), Donne, Milton, Dryden, Pope and Johnson. The course also treats significant minor writers in their relation to literary movements and ideas.

ENGL 26000: Introduction to World Literature to 1700 ● M & W, 9:30 – 10:50 ● Colin Fewer
A comparison of some of the major works of world literature in translation, from the beginnings to 1700. Emphasis on Greek, Roman, Eastern and early European literature.

ENGL 28600: The Movies ● M & W, 8:00 – 9:20 ● Colette Morrow
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the aesthetic and history of movies. Students will learn how films are constructed, how they represent and challenge cultural and aesthetic values, and how they are produced and distributed. The primary focus of the course is on narrative movies made in the United States, though some narrative movies and foreign films are included.

ENGL 31900: Creative Writing ● T & Th, 12:30 – 1:50 ● Janine Harrison
An introduction to the writing of genres traditionally considered as creative, such as short stories, drama, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Workshop criticism.

ENGL 32700: English Language I: History Development ● M & W, 11:00 – 12:20 ● Mohammed Errihani
This course presents the basic facts of the historical development of the English language from its beginnings to the present. The major changes in the sounds of English, the growth of the lexicon, and the development of the grammatical system will be studied.

ENGL 35000: American Literature to 1865 ● T & Th, 9:30 – 10:50 ● Lizbeth Bryant
An introduction to American literature from the colonial period to the Civil War, emphasizing such major literary figures as Edward Taylor, Franklin, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. This course also treats significant minor writers in their relation to literary movements and ideas and includes the work of minority writers.

ENGL 35500: African American Literature, Slavery to 1940 ● M & W, 2:00 – 3:20 ● Jane Campbell
This course surveys the rich heritage of fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiography written during slavery, Post-Reconstruction, and the Harlem Renaissance by Black writers in the United States. The course examines the writings from historical, social, and literary perspectives. Dialogue and debate predominate over lecture. Films also will be shown to enhance the learning experience.

ENGL 39600: Sex, Race, and Hip Hop ● Distance Learning/Online ● Colette Morrow
This course considers hip hop as an art form and a cultural artifact that reveals and contributes to forming social values, particularly values relating to race, class, and gender in the U.S. and globally. The course also examines how hip hop is used to foster social justice and feminist change.

ENGL 41100: Studies in Major Authors: Edgar Allan Poe ● T & Th, 3:30 – 4:50 ● Dennis Barbour
A study of the literary critical or cinematic works of one or two influential authors or directors.

ENGL 42501: Writing for New Media ● Distance Learning/Online ● Mark Mabrito
This course invites students to explore the emergence of “new” media (primarily online, interactive digital media) both in theory and in practical production terms as writers; students will examine how researchers define new media and experiment with repurposing traditional forms of print media to meet these challenges. Topics will include participatory culture, convergence theory, knowledge communities, transmedia production, among others.

ENGL 43100: Web Usability: Writing and Reading on the Web ● Distance Learning/Online ● Mark Mabrito This course assists students in writing effective Web-based content and understanding how to make Web sites usable. Course examines how users interact with Web sites, how/when sites are successful, and how/when they are not. Students will learn how to write effective online content for the Web and Intranets/Extranets, understand usability issues, and conduct user testing of Web sites.

ENGL 45100: Feature Writing ● T & Th, 2:00 – 3:20 ● Carolyn Boiarsky
Examination of magazine staff organization, market analysis and editorial consent. Study of and practice in the writing of a variety of nonfiction materials. Emphasis is on the adaptation of topics and presentation of editorial policies and reader groups.


Philosophy Classes for Fall 2015

PHIL 10600: Human Experience in Art, Literature, Music, and Philosophy
Section 1 ● T & Th, 12:30 – 1:50 ● David Detmer
Section 2 ● M & W, 9:30 – 10:50 ● David Detmer
Section 3 ● M & W, 2:00 – 3:20 ● TBA
Section 4 ● M & W, 3:30 – 4:50 ● TBA

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 10700: Freshman Experience: English and Philosophy ● T & Th, 9:30 – 10:50 ● Zenobia Mistri
This course is required of all entering freshman and transfer students with less than 60 credits. This course will include utilization of campus resources, goal setting, values exploration, relationship of academic planning and life goals, discipline specific career exploration and critical thinking. The course also serves well as the departmental Freshman Experience since it introduces majors to the disciplines of art, music and philosophy.

PHIL 11000: Introduction to Philosophy
Section 1 ● M & W, 11:00 – 12:20 ● Howard Cohen
Section 2 ● Hybrid: M, 2:00 – 3:20 and Distance Learning/Online ● Howard Cohen
Section 3 ● T and Th, 9:30 – 10:50 ● TBA
Section 4 ● M & W, 9:30 – 10:50 ● TBA
Section 5 ● T & Th, 9:30 – 10:50 ● TBA
Section 6 ● T & Th, 3:30 – 4:50 ● TBA
The basic problems and types of philosophy, with special emphasis upon the problem of knowledge and nature of reality.

PHIL 11100: Ethics
Section 2 ● M & W, 11:00 – 12:20 ● Samuel Zinaich
Section 3 ● T & Th, 2:00 – 3:20 ● Howard Cohen
Section 8 ● Hybrid: T, 5:00 – 6:20 and Distance Learning/Online ● Howard Cohen
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 ● T & Th, 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 20600: Philosophy of Religion ● M & W, 3:30 – 4:50 ● Samuel Zinaich
The course encourages critical reflection on traditional and contemporary views about God and other religious ideas. Topics include arguments for God’s existence, the problem of evil, understanding the divine attributes, miracles, religious pluralism and life after death.

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 30300: History of Modern Philosophy ● M & W, 11:00 – 12:20 ● David Detmer
Concentrates on the major philosophical writers from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 19th century: Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Lebnitz, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. Some in other areas, e.g. Galileo, Newton, Calvin, are also considered.

PHIL 32400: Ethics for the Professions
Section 1 ● M & W, 9:30 – 10:50 ● Samuel Zinaich
Section 2 ● M & W, 12:30 – 1:50 ● TBA
Section 3 ● T & Th, 9:30 – 10:50 ● Eugene Schlossberger
Section 4 ● Hybrid: T, 2:00 – 3:20 and Distance Learning/Online ● Eugene Schlossberger
Section 5 ● Hybrid: R, 2:00 – 3:20 and Distance Learning/Online ● Eugene Schlossberger Section 8 ● T & Th, 12:30 – 1:50 ● TBA

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.

PHIL 49000: Forgiveness, Law, Relationships, and Duty ● T & Th, 11:00 – 12:20 ● Eugene Schlossberger “Never settle” or “good is good enough”? Is it ever wrong to forgive? Forgiving and the limits of duty play important roles in law and human relationships. The course examines philosophical questions about the nature of forgiving and going beyond duty (supererogation) and their application to marriage, friendship, and law. Issues include the legal duty to rescue; forgiveness in sentencing and tort law, restorative justice, forgiving and martial therapy; and how to forgive a partner.