WRITING AND LITERATURE I and II
Writing and Literature I and Writing and Literature II are required classes for Freshmen that I teach every semester at the School of Visual Arts. The courses cover great books, as well as argumentative and creative writing. The course descriptions from the School of Visual Arts Registration Book are below.
Writing and Literature I
One semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This is the first part of a two-semester course that helps students become capable, critical and independent writers. With its focus on developing an argument, the course offers an introduction to some of the skills necessary for critical analysis of written art. It will include a review of writing basics (grammar, coherence, idea development, sentence and essay structure). Since reading widely is a foundation of good writing, course readings are drawn from a selection of premodern Western works, including drama, poetry, the narrative and the critical essay, which will be used as discussion and writing prompts.
Writing and Literature II
Spring semester: 3 humanities and sciences credits
This is the second part of a two-semester course that emphasizes essay development, reading and critical thinking. Students will write essays and a research paper, and continue to work on their grammar and essay development. Readings are drawn from a selection of modern works, including drama, poetry, the narrative and the critical essay.