Introduction to Popular Fiction (SEL 155)

Introduction to the reading and writing of popular fiction. Emphasis on understanding the scope and meaning of the conventions of the major genres: romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, etc. Practice in writing popular fiction. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Topics in Journalism (SEL 230)

Emphasis varies from term to term, e.g., Exposition and Argument, Editorial Writing, Contemporary Journalism. Repeatable for credit. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Topics in Creative Writing (SEL 231)

Emphasis varies from term to term, e.g., Creative Thinking and Expression, Writing Science Fiction, Finding Forms for Personal Experience, Short Creative Forms. Spring and summer. Repeatable for credit. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Major Writers and Genres (SEL 250)

Emphasis varies from term to term, e.g., short fiction, autobiography, science fiction. Counts toward the gender and women's studies minor when the topic is "Feminist Readings." Alternate years. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

Topics in Women in Literature (SEL 253)

Emphasis varies from term to term, e.g., Women as Heroes, Contemporary Fiction by American Women, Victorian Women Writers. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.

Topics in World Literature (SEL 263)

Topics vary from year to year, e.g., International Novel, Confucius and Modern Thought, African Women’s Writing, Survey of World Literature. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Advanced Study in Literature (SEL 309)

Topics vary from term to term; emphasis is on upper-level (junior and senior) in-depth study, e.g., Medieval Studies, Social Themes in the Novel, Austen and the Brontes, Development of the British Novel, Victorian Literature, Twentieth Century Studies. Prerequisites: SEL150 and two other English courses. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.

Topics in Media Aesthetics (SEL 335)

Students learn and apply a variety of critical methods for understanding and evaluating aesthetic criteria in media. Depending on the topic, the course may cover television, film, the Iinternet, or any one of several other contemporary or emerging media. Prerequisite: SEL237. Repeatable for credit. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Topics in Media & Culture (SEL 336)

Examines one or more issues in depth that result from the interplay of cultural forces and contemporary media. The course may focus on specific media, tracing their development and interaction in contemporary society, or it may begin with an issue and deal with the ways in which media treat and shape issues. Prerequisite: SAR110, SLA201, SHY221, or SMU272. Repeatable for credit. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Genre Writing Workshop (SEL 355)

This workshop develops specific technical skills and addresses conventions required for crafting a novel geared toward a genre audience. These skills include characterization, plotting, pacing, point of view, and other elements of production. Participants create, share, and edit book chapters, synopses, and materials customarily needed in preparation for a novel-length work. Prerequisites: SEL155 and SEL232. Fall semester. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

New Media Projects (SEL 405)

Direction and support for the development of independent new media projects. Projects might include an online work of journalism such as a photo-documentary with voice-over narrative, a virtual reality illustration or simulation, or a traditional academic research paper examining an issue relevant to new media journalism and published in final form as hypertext. Prerequisites: SEL227, SEL236, and SEL335 or SEL336. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Field Work (SEL 420)

Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit. Fee.

3 Credits.

The Art of the Film (SHU 265)

This introductory course in film aesthetics critically examines the primary elements in the motion picture. Students learn how a film builds meaning by analyzing the diverse components that construct a movie such as editing, directing, scoring, acting, and dramatic storytelling. It familiarizes students with film genres, cinema technology, and historical movements relevant to the development of the medium. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Topics:Film Studies (SHU 365)

This course covers diverse issues and topics related to the cinema while emphasizing advanced research writing in the humanities. Topical focus could include: film genres (e.g.,“The Western”,“The Documentary”), cinematic history (e.g.,“Films of the Silent Era”), international movements (e.g.,“The French New Wave”), directors (e.g., “Hitchcock”), or particular thematic or theoretical studies relevant to the humanities (e.g., “Literary Adaptations”,“War in Film”). Spring semester, even-numbered years. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits. Fee.

Dramatic Writing (STR 260)

Instruction and practice in writing for the stage and screen through exercises and the first draft of a one-act play, screenplay, or book for a musical. The study and analysis of dramatic structure in traditional and diverse texts is combined with activities designed to spark ideas and nurture the writers’ unique voice. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Topics in Gender & Women's Studies (SWS 200)

Exploration of a single current issue from varying perspectives. Guest lecturers from various disciplines. Topics have included women in art; women in the Holocaust; gender and communication. Repeatable for credit. Fee for some topics. Variable credit.

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