Fall 2014

engl 10803: introductory composition

“Composing College”

Description from course syllabus:

The question “Why go to college?” seems simple—until you try to answer it. Are you here to learn? To get a job? To play a sport? To meet new people? For most students, the answer lies somewhere in-between, and as a result, it can be surprisingly difficult to decide what they want to get out of the years between their first semester on campus and the day they graduate.

The purpose of this writing course, then, is to explore how we might begin to answer the question “Why go to college?” by asking and answering even more questions: What is college for? Who goes to college? What is the value of a college degree? How are colleges run? How should they be run? In the process of writing our way toward answers to these questions, we’ll be researching the history of the university and examining contemporary representations of college life in film, television, and popular culture. Reading and writing assignments will ask you to reflect critically on your own ideas and attitudes about higher education—as well as those of others—as you become increasingly familiar with the conventions and expectations of college-level writing.

TCU Requirements Fulfilled: Written Communication (WCO)

engl 30523: american literature and popular culture

“Bestsellers in American Culture”

Description from course syllabus:

Since its birth as a field of study, “American Literature” has struggled with questions about the relationship between “high art” literary products and more “popular” modes of textual production. In this course, we will explore examples of issues associated with this ongoing tension. We will read and analyze a range of primary texts that illustrate such questions, and we will do extensive writing to support our study. Taken together, the activities in this class will blend a focus on literary traditions (including addressing issues about both “the literary” and “traditions”) and one on writing designed to enhance our cultural analyses.


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