Course Descriptions: Waterbury Campus

Fall 2020


Each semester the faculty for the Department of English provide course descriptions that build upon the University's catalog descriptions. These individually crafted descriptions provide information about variable topics, authors, novels, texts, writing assignments, and whether instructor consent is required to enroll. The details, along with reviewing the advising report, will help students select course options that best meet one's interests and academic requirements.

The following list includes Undergraduate courses that are sequenced after the First-Year Writing requirement and will change each semester.

1000-Level Courses

1201: Introduction to American Studies

This course satisfies the following: 

  • General Education Requirement: Content Area Four (USA)

1201 | MW 9:05 - 9:55 | Fehr, Amy

What is America? What is American Studies? What does it mean to be American?

This introductory course will approach these questions through an examination of both canonical and contemporary work in American Studies. We will explore critical key terms in the field, centering our investigation on the concept of citizenship by interrogating processes of nation-building and identity-formation in the United States. To this end, we will examine a multi-disciplinary and generically-diverse set of texts, including: critical scholarship; historical documents from local archives; and popular music, film, and literature. Together, we will trace the topic of citizenship through American history, landing in points of rupture in our contemporary moment, which will involve a consideration of the 2020 presidential race.

1616W: Major Works of English and American Literature

This course satisfies the following: 

  • General Education Requirements:
    • Content Area One (Arts & Humanities)
    • One Writing Competency course

1616W | MW 1:25 - 2:40 | Falco, Daniela

2000-Level Courses

2100: British Literature

This course satisfies the following: 

  • General Education Requirement: Content Area One (Arts & Humanities)
  • English Major Requirements: 
    • 2008-2016 Plans: Section B1 (Survey and Period Courses Before 1800) or F (Elective Courses) and Distribution Requirement 1
    • 2017-2019 Plan: Section B1 (British Literature) or F (Elective Courses) and Distribution Requirement 1
  • Meets the British Literature requirement for the English Minor
  • Meets one of NEAG’s Secondary Education British Literature Requirements

2100 | MW 11:15 - 12:30 | Falco, Daniela

2203: American Literature Since 1880

This course satisfies the following: 

  • General Education Requirement: Content Area One (Arts & Humanities - Literature)
  • English Major Requirements: 
    • 2008-2016 Plans: Section B2 (Survey and Period Courses After 1800) or F (Elective Courses)
    • 2017-2019 Plan: Section B2 (American Literature) or F (Elective Courses)
  • Meets the American Literature requirement for the English Minor
  • Meets one of NEAG's Secondary Education American Literature Requirements

2203 | MW 9:05 - 10:20 | Benevento, Brandon J.

3000-Level Courses

3122: Irish Literature in English Since 1939

This course satisfies the following: 

  • General Education Requirement: Content Area Four (Diversity & Multiculturalism - International)
  • English Major Requirements: 
    • 2008-2016 Plans: Section B3 (Multi-period, Multi-cultural, & Ethnic Literature) or F (Elective Courses) and Distribution Requirement 2 (At least one course must concern ethnic or post-colonial literatures in English)
    • 2017-2019 Plan: Section B3 (Anglophone and Postcolonial Literature) or F (Elective Courses)
  • Meets one of the requirements for the Concentration in Irish Literature
  • Meets the International Literature requirement for the Concentration in Teaching English
  • Meets NEAG's Secondary Education International Literature Requirement

3122 | Tu 3:30 - 6:00 | Lynch, Rachael

3420: Children’s Literature

This course satisfies the following: 

  • English Major Requirements: 
    • 2008-2016 Plans: Section C (Methods) or F (Elective Courses)
    • 2017-2019 Plan: Section F (Elective Courses)

3420 | MW 11:15 - 12:30 | Dulack, Tom

4000-Level Courses

4101W: Advanced Study: British Literature

This course satisfies the following: 

  • General Education Requirement: One Writing Competency course
  • English Major Requirements: 
    • 2008-2019 Plans: Section E (Advanced Study) or Section F (Elective Courses)

4101W | Th 11:00 - 1:30 | Carillo, Ellen

Virginia Woolf and British Modernism 

This capstone course for the English major focuses on one of the most famous and influential female and modernist writers, Virginia Woolf. Woolf’s major contributions to literary modernism and beyond include her novels, diaries, essays, talks, and reviews. We will read both Woolf’s fiction and nonfiction in order to better understand its ideological underpinnings, as well as the thematic and aesthetic characteristics that mark her works. Woolf’s writing will also give us insight into literary modernism’s historical and cultural contexts. Beyond Woolf’s own writing, we will discuss critical commentary on Woolf’s novels and read Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, which responds to, updates, and reimagines Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway while simultaneously drawing on Woolf’s
biography.

In order to meet the “W” requirement of the course, significant time will be devoted to writing instruction. Students will write short, interpretative essays during the semester, some of which will include the integration of outside sources. The major assignment of the course will be a research-driven essay, which will be preceded by a research proposal and annotated bibliography. Students will revise this essay based on feedback received during the writing process. In order to enrich this writing instruction, the course will pay close attention to Woolf’s own composition processes through a study of early drafts of her pieces, as well as her diaries and letters wherein she comments on her writing process.