Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Intended to introduce students to the connections between various fields of study in the humanities, this course will examine ideas about character. We will read literary works and historical documents, view films, and look through the world at large to see whether we can recognize, respond to, and perhaps understand what we mean when we use that word.
William Faulkner, Light in August
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit
Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, "What is an American?"
Glossy magazines of the day
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
The Philadelphia Story
Allen Ginsberg, Howl
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Course requirements include regular attendance and active participation. Your course grade will be based on four major assignments, each worth 25%: two in-class examinations; an oral report on a film and a one-page analysis of its representations of character (assigned by the instructor); and a final project.