Summer 2021 Undergraduate Course Offerings


JUNE 1, 2021 – JULY 6, 2021



ENG. 1100C: Literature in a Global Context (31116)


Dr. Melissa Mowry


This past year we’ve all spent more time in our homes than we imagined possible. This class takes a look at the variety of ways literature from around the world imagines “home,” whether it’s something we run from or towards, something we’re forced to leave or build anew. We’ll read from different genres, including drama, fiction (short), and poetry. 3-4 short writing assignments.


ENG. 1040: Writing for Business (31118)


Dr. Granville Ganter


This class will focus on some essential aspects of business writing, such how to express oneself clearly and briefly. Much of this class will also cover business writing in a technological environment, like using email and PowerPoint demonstrations. It will also consider some of the trickier elements of the office: how deliver bad news in writing or convey disappointing news to employees; explain a major policy change; how to avoid email flame wars; how to pitch an idea for a business; how to organize group writing projects and presentations. The class will feature a “Shark Tank” assignment where student groups are charged with developing and pitching a marketable product. Course text: John Ramsey, Business Writing Scenarios: Writing from the Inside.


ENG. 2060: Study of American Literature (30304)

American Literature and the Monstrous


Dr. Jennifer Travis


This online course will examine how representations of witches, vampires, cannibals, and monsters have shaped American cultural discourse and literary history. Reading texts Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton, Henry James, H.P. Lovecraft, and the contemporary novelist Seth Grahame-Smith, we will ask why monsters play such an important role in our cultural imaginations. What is a monster? How do individuals and societies define themselves in relation to the monstrous? What can monsters tell us about humanity, community, and our deepest fears and values? For questions please email Dr. Travis:


ENG. 3710: Creative Writing Across Genres (30659)


Professor Catina Bacote


In this online course, you will explore creative writing as a way to gaze inward and engage with the world around us. We will read innovative work about subjects as varied as gender identity, climate change, gun violence, and body image to guide our writing. Our readings will help us consider such questions: How do writers mine the gritty, the sublime, and the comedic to tell their tales? How do writers recreate the past with authenticity? What can a poem do to us? Throughout the course, you will experiment with different styles of creative writing as you generate new work and respond to the writing of your peers.




JULY 8, 2021 – AUGUST 11, 2021



ENG. 1100C: Literature in a Global Context (30283)


Professor Stephen Paul Miller


In 1858, Abraham Lincoln remarked that an “electric cord in” the Declaration of Independence “links the hearts of” people all over the world, so that German immigrants then had a right to claim” the quality of being American “as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh, of the men who wrote that Declaration, and so they are.” This course contains readings in diverse American and world literatures that examine Lincoln’s premise and how it relates to African Americans, Native Americans, and other marginalized people. A wide array of literature will be considered for students to evaluate, respond to, and use as a touchstone for vigorous and dynamic interactive dialogue with fellow students and the professor.


ENG. 1040: Writing for Business (30838)


Dr. Stephen Sicari


This course will emphasize the particular skills necessary for clear and efficient communication in business environments. Surveying the diverse forms of professional writing, from emails and cover letters to executive summaries and proposals, students will focus on the role clarity, organization, revision, and research in producing strong and purposeful writing. By the conclusion of the course, students will have collected a portfolio of various forms of business communication. This course will be taught fully online, and will require extensive work with texts and with other students’ writing through peer review exercises.


ENG. 2210: Introduction to British Literature (30837)


Dr. Gregory Maertz


This entertaining online summer course will examine three classic British novels that have recently been made into successful movie and TV adaptations: Jane Austen’s Emma, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In the process of comparing texts and films, the course will fill in gaps and sharpen critical reading and writing skills. With brief weekly essay assignments, a midterm, and a final exam

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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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