Course Bulletin Spring 2012 Semester


English Courses



ENG 0099                                                    BASIC SKILLS
09:00 AM - 09:50 AM MWF                                                                                                                                              Cynthia Newlon




ENG 1010                                                    COMPOSITION                                                                                      

02:00 PM - 02:50 PM MWF                                                                                                                                       Sheila Rhea McNulty

03:00 PM - 03:50 PM MWF




ENG 1020                                                    COMPOSITION II

Various Times                                                                                                                                                                          English Faculty




ENG 1950                                                    ST: ESL – ENGLISH

09:00 AM -09:50 AM MWF                                                                                                                                               Cynthia Newlon




ENG 2050                                                    VOCABULARY I

11:00 AM -11:50 AM MW                                                                                                                                                  Cynthia Newlon    


Vocabulary I  is a course that builds vocabulary and reading skills with roots and stems of the English language, practice exercises, and readings that reinforce and promote word-building skills, especially for those who plan on post-graduate work. 



ENG 3000                                                    INTRODUCTION TO LIT

Various Times                                                                                                                                                                          English Faculty



ENG 3060                                                    WESTERN LITERARY TRADTION

09:30 AM -10:45 AM TR                                                                                                                                              Gillian Huang-Tiller      


 This course introduces major literary movements (Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism, French Symbolism, Modernism, and Existentialism) and authors in the western world from the Neo-classical period to the present day.  We will pay particular attention to the issues of the modern human condition and what it is to be a modern self, and explore authors’ responses to the issues in question.  The course will include representative authors such as Molière, Voltaire, Goethe, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Baudelaire, Kafka, and Sartre.


ENG 3070                                                    ARTHURIAN LITERATURE

12:00 PM -12:50 PM MWF                                                                                                                                                Kenneth Tiller


 This course centers on the development of the Arthur story in poetry and prose—including history and prose fiction—from its inception in medieval Britain through the modern period.  Because the figure of King Arthur has been compelling throughout English history—witnessed by the numerous films and novels that ‘remake’ the legend—the course provides important background and insight into the development of a multifaceted and ever-renewing figure. Reading Arthurian texts their specific cultural and artistic contexts, we will discuss how this important legendary and literary figure has changed from his origins in medieval Britain to the twentieth century. This course also emphasizes close readings.  It is not enough to get the “plot” of each work we read; you should consider the way different texts treat similar Arthurian themes and be prepared to discuss the reasons for these differences.  Therefore, this course will acquaint you with the methods of critically reading and writing about works of literature.


ENG 3110                                                    WOMEN IN LITERATURE

09:30 AM -10:45 AM TR                                                                                                                                                      Marla Weitzman




ENG 3120                                                    TWL: INTRO TO POETRY

02:00 PM -02:50 PM MWF                                                                                                                                                John M. Adrian


This course will introduce students to a wide range of poetic forms and genres.  The goal is to not only engender an appreciation for poetry, but to develop critical methods of reading poetry as well as thinking and writing about poems.  Writing assignments and class discussion will help you develop and demonstrate these skills on your own.  Although individual poems will be connected to their historical and cultural contexts, the emphasis will be on the variety, defining characteristics, and function of various poetic genres.  The course will not be chronological, but expect a wide sampling of major—and some minor—poets from the medieval to the contemporary.  


ENG 3130                                                    TAL: STUDIES IN AMERICAN HUMOR

11:00 AM-12:15 PM TR                                                                                                                                                       Gretchen Martin




ENG 3150                                                    THE MYSTERY NOVEL

11:00 AM- 12:15 PM TR                                                                                                                                                      Marla Weitzman




ENG 3280                                                    SURVEY OF BRITISH LIT.

12:30 PM -01:45 PM TR                                                                                                                                                Christopher J Scalia




ENG 3710                                                    18TH CENTURY BRITISH LIT

11:00 AM- 12:15 PM TR                                                                                                                                               Christopher J Scalia




ENG 3820                                                    SURVEY AMER POETRY/PROSE

02:00 PM-03:15 PM TR                                                                                                                                                  Gillian Huang-Tiller

This course surveys a significant range of works and introduces the rise of American literature(s) from the post-bellum period—when American literature came of age—to the post-modern era.  We will begin the class by foregrounding the tension in American literature between the enormous yearning to forge a new literary and cultural identity and the need to come to terms with a European past.  We will then explore how the developing idea of our national literature through its multi-cultural heritage provides an interpretive framework for our readings and how it gives rise to modern narrative and poetic forms.  We will pay particular attention to the inter-relation of literature and culture, examining how issues of the formation of the modern American self relate to the literary trends, the American Dream, language and reality, politics and war, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and especially race.  Students will consult both primary and secondary sources and will formulate their responses both in class discussion and in writing.




ENG 3960                                                    ST: APPALACHIA IN LITERATURE

06:00 PM -08:45 PM M                                                                                                                                                                Amy Clark




ENG 4010                                                    STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL LIT

09:00 AM -09:50 AM MWF                                                                                                                                                   Kenneth Tiller


This course focuses on the major writers of the late fourteenth century, generally regarding as the greatest period in medieval English literature.  With attention to the four major poets of the period—Chaucer, Langland, Gower, and the anonymous Gawain/Pearl poet—we will examine the major poetic forms of the period, including metrical poetry and the alliterative revival.  We will further look at how each poet perfects the genres he(?) with, examining romance, spiritual allegory, debate, and epic in the context of late medieval (post-plague) England.  Issues include: treatment of fortune and mutability, the decline of the “three estates” system as depicted in literature, the use of allegory, etc.


Texts for the course include: Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, The Romance of the Rose, Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, William Langland’s Vision of Piers the Plowman, Pearl, and the Alliterative Morte Arthure.


Requirements: one oral report (10%), one substantial research paper (50%), midterm and final exams (10% and 20% respectively), quizzes and class participation (10%).


ENG 4050                                                    SHAKESPEARE: THE EARLY PLAYS

12:00 PM -12:50 PM MWF                                                                                                                                                John M. Adrian


This course will sample 9-10 representative plays from Shakespeare’s early period (including all of the genres—comedies, histories, and tragedies—in which Shakespeare worked in the 1590s).  Shakespeare has justly been called the most important figure in English literature.  This course will search for clues in identifying his enormous influence and staying power, but we will also read Shakespeare critically and study him as a living author.  How does Shakespeare’s craft grow and develop in these formative years?  In particular, how does he subscribe to but also expand the conventions of the genres in which he worked?  What questions (of his age and ours) do his plays grapple with and respond to?  Are some of his plays better than others?  By what standards?  Much of our exploration of Shakespeare will be guided by close readings of passages that foreground issues of conflict, characterization, and theme.  But we will also pay careful attention to the performative aspects of the plays.  To that end, we will read select passages aloud, view film clips of key scenes, and attend productions of the plays themselves. 


ENG 4070                                                    THE 19TH CENTURY AMER LIT

09:30 AM -10:45 AM TR                                                                                                                                                      Gretchen Martin




ENG 4990                                                    SENIOR SEMINAR 2

03:00 PM -05:00 PM MW                                                                                                                                                   John M. Adrian



French Courses



FRE 1010                                                     ELEMENTARY FRENCH

11:00 AM -11:50 AM MWF                                                                                                                                  Michael E. O'Donnell




FRE 1020                                                     ELEMENTARY FRENCH II

Various Times                                                                                                                                                                          French Faculty




FRE 2010                                                     INTERMEDIATE FRENCH

12:00 PM -12:50 PM MWF                                                                                                                                                Roman Zylawy




FRE 3210                                                     ADVANCED FRENCH COMP

08:00 AM -09:15 AM TR                                                                                                                                            Michael E. O'Donnell




FRE 4150                                                     FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING

To be announced                                                                                                                                                                    Roman Zylawy




FRE 4560                                                     FRENCH NOVEL

11:00 AM -11:50 AM MWF                                                                                                                                               Roman Zylawy



German Courses



GER 1020                                                     ELEMENTARY GERMAN

09:00 AM- 09:50 AM MWF                                                                                                                                               Amelia J. Harris




GER 2020                                                     INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II

10:00 AM- 10:50 AM MWF                                                                                                                                               Amelia J. Harris




GER 3150                                                     THE GERMAN SHORT STORY

To be announced                                                                                                                                                                    Amelia J. Harris




GER 3790                                                     SURVEY OF GERMAN LIT

To be announced                                                                                                                                                                    Amelia J. Harris



Spanish Courses



SPA 1010                                                     ELEMENTARY SPANISH

08:00 AM- 08:50 AM MWF                                                                                                                                       Clara Adame de Heu

12:00 PM -12:50 PM MWF

03:00 PM -03:50 PM MWF                                                                                                                             




SPA 1011                                                     ELEMENTARY SPANISH LAN

09:00 AM- 09:50 AM M                                                                                                                                                      Donald Trivett




SPA 1020                                                     ELEMENTARY SPANISH II

Various Times                                                                                                                                                                          Spanish Faculty




SPA 1021                                                     ELEMENTARY SPANISH LAN

Various Times                                                                                                                                                                          Spanish Faculty




SPA 1030                                                     ACCELERATED ELEMENTARY SPAN

08:00 AM- 08:50 AM MWF                                                                                                                                                      Anne Gilfoil

02:00 PM -02:50 PM MWF




SPA 2010                                                     INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

Various Times                                                                                                                                                                              Spanish Faculty




SPA 3010                                                     INTRO. TO HISPANIC CIV

03:20 PM -04:35 PM TR                                                                                                                                                                 Rut Roman'




SPA 3210                                                     SPANISH CONVERSATION

12:30 PM- 01:45 PM TR                                                                                                                                                            Esteban Ponce 


                  This course is mainly focused on developing oral skills in Spanish. The textbook used for this class is organized around a corpus of Hispanic Films that students will have to watch the movies before each class and the discussions will be about the language used in the movie, the different accents in the different regions and the Hispanic world, and the contents of the movies. Even thou listening and oral production of the language will be the main skills to develop in the class, there will be specific writing assignments and some grammar exercises also.


SPA 3270                                                     ADVANCED GRAMMAR

08:00 AM -09:15 AM TR                                                                                                                                               Clara Adame de Heu




SPA 3510                                                     COLONIAL LATIN AMER LIT

11:00 AM -12:15 PM TR                                                                                                                                                                Rut Roman'


During this course we will read, study and discuss the literatures of native Spanish American cultures, the chronicles of the Spanish conquest of those native civilizations and the literary manifestations of the early Spanish colony in America.  We will begin by reading early Mesoamerican mythologies such as the Popol Vuh, or the book of the community that tells the creation story of the Maya; the Chilam Balam, that preserves important traditional knowledge such as prophecies about the coming of the Spaniards to Yucatan.  We will study pre-Hispanic Quechwa poetry and drama (native language spoken in the Andes). 

In a second stage we will read the chronicles of the Spanish Conquest: firsthand accounts from the explorers, soldiers and missionaries that fought for church, crown, and gold. Among this group we will read the letters of Cristóbal Colón; those of Hernán Cortés, conqueror of Mexico; and Bernal Diaz del Castillo, one the soldiers of Cortés, who wrote a remarkable history of the conquest of Mexico; the history of the destruction of the Indies by the Dominican friar Bartolomé de Las Casas that made him the “apostle of the Indians” and the author of the “black legend” of Spain. 

We will also study early colonial poetry such as Chile's epic poem, La Araucana (1569) by Alonso de Ercilla, a soldier who described the conflict between the Spaniards and the Mapuches of Chile; the works of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, a direct descendant of Incan lineage, who gives detailed account of his royal family and the history of the Incas of Peru. We will then finish our approach with the works of a 17th century extraordinary poet and nun: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.  

Textbook: Chang-Rodríguez, Raquel, Filer, Malva E. Voces de Hispanoamérica. Antología literaria. Cuarta edición. Boston: Heinle, 2011.

SPA 3950                                                     ST:19C SPAN-ANGLO A

09:30 AM -10:45 AM TR                                                                                                                                                          Esteban Ponce