Spring 2022 Course Descriptions: Waterbury Campus

Spring 2022


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

1616W: Major Works of English and American Literature

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

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

2000-Level Courses

2214: African American Literature

Also offered as: AFRA 2214
Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2214 | TuTh 9:30-10:45 | Sommers, Sam

ENGL 2214: Black Writers on Revolution, Faith, and Freedom is an introduction to African American Literature beginnings to now. The class will highlight the forms, genres, institutions, ideologies, and social concerns that have helped shape and been re-shaped by African American writers. We will read creative and critical works by Maria Stewart, Frederick Douglass, Suzan Lori-Parks, Phillis Wheatley, David Walker, W.E.B. DuBois, Claudia Rankine, Ann Petry, James Baldwin, Frances Harper, Dorothy West, and others.

The readings and organization of this course represent an attempt to capture the range and variety of literary work produced by Black Americans from the 18th century to the 21st. While the systems of U.S. chattel slavery, the Atlantic slave trade, and the persisting legacy of each will be critiqued, resisted, and reviled in nearly all of our readings, our class discussions will not reduce the tradition of African American literature to a singular focus on resistance, survival, oppression, or any other monolithic idea. We will read with curiosity and attention. We will engage our writers through the terms they set for themselves. We will notice, as best we are able, the feeling, speculation, humor, and faith that our writers exhibit on the page.

In addition to extensive reading in African American literature, this course will help students develop their university-level writing and research skills. Alongside regular reading annotations, students will complete a long-term Team Research Skills Assignment (TRSA) over the course of the semester. The TRSA familiarizes students with various sites and methods for research in literary studies. This project will, additionally, facilitate digital archival research. The final project for the course will be an argument-driven, research paper (6-8 pages) that makes substantial use of outside sources. Students will complete a series of scaffolding assignments leading up to the final research paper.

2301: Anglophone Literatures

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2301 | MW 11:15-12:30 | Falco, Daniela

2600: Introduction to Literary Studies

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2600 | Th 11:00-1:30 | Carillo, Ellen

This required course for English majors will introduce students to the field of literary studies, as well as the primary questions and methodologies of the field. Readings will largely come from the modernist period (roughly 1914-1945) and include the poetry and novels by authors such as T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Ezra Pound. Students will explore and respond to readings during regular class discussions. Throughout the course, students will learn relevant critical and literary terms, as well as practice different theoretical approaches while reading the course’s primary texts.  Students will also learn how to compose literary critiques and engage with other literary scholars. The course’s ultimate goal is to prepare newly-declared English majors for more advanced courses in the major. 

3000-Level Courses

3265W: American Studies Methods

Also offered as: AMST 3265W
Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3265W | TuTh 11:00-12:15 | Sommers, Sam

3420: Children’s Literature

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

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

3503: Shakespeare I

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011. May not be taken out of sequence after passing ENGL 3505.

3503 | MW 1:25-2:40 | Dulack, Thomas