Spring 2023 Classes

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SPRING 2023 Classes

What? 2023! Indeed. The Spring 2023 schedule is now LIVE (October 14), and your advisor will be reaching out to discuss schedule planning and registration – but here’s a SNEAK PEEK at English major courses being offered in the upcoming semester:

EN2460: Rethinking Modern American Literature (Paul Rogalus)

EN2490: Rethinking Modern British Literature 1660-1945 (Joe Mealey)

EN2710: Creative Writing (Liz Ahl)

EN3067: Fiction Workshop (Kenneth Logan)

EN3387: Literature into Film (Paul Rogalus)

EN4318: Teaching Writing, Grades 5-12 (Kenneth Logan)

CM3095: Technical Communication (2 sections)

CM3675: Journalism in the Digital Age (Peter Miller)

“Special Topics” English Major courses for Spring

EN3760: Topics in Writing: Exploring Poetic Form(s) (Liz Ahl)

From the seventh century Arabic ghazal to the seventeenth century English sonnet to the twenty-first century “golden shovel,” poetry has a long and complex and living tradition, across diverse cultures and languages, of different poetic constraints and designs that infuse the genre. All poems have some kind of form or design — in this class we will focus our reading, writing, and thinking primarily on “fixed” forms — which may include haiku, pantoum, villanelle, sapphic stanzas, blank verse, paradelle, limerick, and sestina, to name a few. We will also study poetic meters and rhyme. At the end of the course, you will invent your own poetic form.

EN4805: Single Author: Shakespeare For Social Justice  (Nic Helms and Jessie Chapman)

Combining critical reading and performance, this course asks how Shakespeare today might best be used for social justice rather than as a reinforcement for traditional social norms. Shakespeare For Social Justice builds on techniques from the disciplines of English and Theatre to cultivate performance as an interdisciplinary approach to human identity, including (but not limited to) explorations of gender, sexuality, class, disability, race, and ethnicity.

IS 4220: INCO/INCAP “Signature Project” Course Sections of Interest to English Majors

Bodies and Justice: Addressing Inequities in American Healthcare, Reproductive Care, and Incarceration (co-taught by Nic Helms and Kristin Stelmok) 

What are the politics, narratives, and images associated with human bodies in American culture? How are human bodies affected by healthcare, racial and socioeconomic inequality, disability, and incarceration? Taking into account contemporary debates about bodily autonomy, healthcare and disability, and incarceration, this course offers an introduction to the tangled history and complex challenges surrounding bodies and justice in the U.S.

Leadership for Social Justice (taught by Rebecca Grant, IS 4002)

What does it mean to be a great leader? What are the attributes that make a leader successful? How can leaders influence and improve the human condition? In this course, students will explore their personal and disciplinary understandings of leadership and will embark on furthering their skills through readings, reflection, and collaborative work through the lens of mindful leadership. 

Inclusion is a Easy Thing to do Poorly (taught by Sarah Parsons)

In this section of IS 4220 we will use concepts included in Disability Theory and our personal and academic knowledge of living with a disability to consider the differences between accessible and inaccessible spaces. We will ask questions about why some spaces are inclusive while many are not and consider whether inclusion and accessibility are always necessary. Students will use this early consideration of the issues of accessibility and inclusion along with the theoretical infrastructure of disability theory to identify an issue associated with accessibility and inclusion to address on the PSU campus or our local community; and propose, create, and present a suggested solution to our community.

And, lastly but not least, an English-relevant, ONE-credit course you might consider:

CM1010: Copyright for Content Creators (Christin Wixson)

Times/days, modes, rooms, and other course information will be available in Course Search when it goes “live” on October 14. If you have questions about any of these courses, please reach out to the instructor – we’d love to hear from you. Descriptions of courses other than Single Author and Topics in Writing are all available in the PSU course catalog.