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ENG 151H - Fundamentals of English II, Honors (Spring D 2018)

 Allison Bartlett

Allison Bartlett

Associate Professor of English
Arts and Humanities
Brunkhorst Hall
Room Number:
BH 333
Course Description:
This course continues to help students develop their college-level writing skills. Students are introduced to the study of literature (prose, poetry, fiction and drama). Students integrate outside sources with their own ideas in written arguments. They also refine their research and documentation skills. This course takes an interdisciplinary, thematic approach to individual works of fiction, and emphasizes genre as well as the historical/cultural environment in which the work first appeared. A final honors presentation incorporates the student's integration of critical reading, research skills and creativity. This course meets the requirements of ENG 151. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisites: Honors program eligibility and ENG 101 with a grade of "B" or better or permission of the instructor. Usually offered in the spring.

What Makes This an Honors Course?

If you elect to take the honors section of ENG 151, you will have a different experience than you would in a regular ENG 151 section in several different arenas. In the honors section, the class is smaller, so discussions are more animated and often generate more deeply thoughtful comments. You will read a novel in addition to selections of shorter fiction, poetry, and drama. The honors section is also more fully interdisciplinary and lets you be more creative with the major written submissions. For instance, you will be able to explore an aspect of the historical background and cultural milieu of the novel with your first paper, and for the paper on the drama, you will take on the “voice” of a character from the novel or one of the short stories, and analyze one of the plays we read from that character’s point of view. I bring in connections to art history and philosophy, as well as to history and sociology, in our examination of individual works and in the questions posed for discussion; you as a student will generate your own connections both to what you are reading in ENG 151H, and to what you are learning in other courses. Finally, each of the selections you read, again whether short fiction, poetry, or drama, is tied either through its creation date or through its theme to an aspect of the novel — so the novel becomes the foundation for the entire course.

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