Courses

Courses

See the fall 2014 brochure for more specific descriptions of each individual course that will offered for that semester.

See detailed explanations of the requirements for the English major and other majors and minors supported by the English department.

Course Descriptions


EN 101 College English.

One unit.
An introduction to the writing process and to the requirements of college writing. This course is only to be used to make up for a student’s failure of the freshman RFT writing component. Offered spring semester.

EN 110 Introduction to Literature. (W)

One unit.
A study of a variety of literary works on a topic chosen by the instructor. Sections of the course taken as part of a freshman learning community may not be used to fulfill the writing-intensive course requirement. Offered fall and spring semesters.

EN 111 World Literature. (W)(I)

One unit.
An introductory course covering fiction from English-speaking countries other than the U.S. and Great Britain such as Canada, India, and South Africa and writing in translation from such areas as Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The course will focus on a specific theme. Sections of the course taken as part of a freshman learning community may not be used to fulfill the writing-intensive course requirement. The course is part of the foundation of the English major and should be taken by the end of the sophomore year. Offered fall and spring semesters.

EN 203 The Spiritual Quest in Literature.

One unit.
An examination of some major pieces of literature, which draw heavily upon religious themes and concepts for their content. How, for example, do fictional works deal with the issues of guilt, punishment, faith, and the quest for salvation? What is salvation? How, also, are God and Christ conceived in contemporary fiction? Cross-listed w/RE 203. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered fall and spring semesters.

EN 205 Crime and Violence in 18th Century Literature. (W)

One unit.
Crime and violence are prevalent features of 18th century English literature, reflecting the sensational crime stories in the newspapers of the day. This course explores criminal and violent behavior in works by authors that may include Defoe, Pope, Swift, Fielding, and Johnson, exploring how the authors confront violence in the context of class and gender conflicts. We will also read selections from factual crime narratives in 18th century media sources and commentaries on the punishment of crime. Offered fall semester.

EN 206 Romantic Poetry, Revolution, the Slave Trade and Women’s Rights. (W)

One unit.
The fear of revolutionary ideas spreading from France to England, the growing opposition to slavery and the slave-trade, and increasing calls for the redefinition of women’s rights all help to create the social and political contexts for English literature written between 1780 and 1830. Poets of the period respond to these issues and to questions about the workings of the human mind, the power of the imagination and the relationship between people and nature. We will explore these concerns as we study the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats and others. Not open to students who have taken EN 306. Offered fall semesters of odd years.

EN 211 British Literature Survey. (W)

One unit.
A reading of major works from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century with a focus on their historical context. Readings will be selected from such authors as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Pope, Keats, Austen, Conrad, Eliot, Joyce, and Woolf. The course is part of the foundation of the English major and should be taken by the end of the sophomore year. Offered spring semester.

EN 212 Introduction to Literary Analysis and Theory. (W)

One unit.
This course is an introduction to the conventions of literature and to a variety of theoretical approaches to it (psychoanalytic, Structuralist, Marxist, Feminist, etc.). Readings will include poetry, fiction (the works of authors such as Nicolai Gogol, Salman Rushdie and Nicola Griffith), and various critical articles and introductory readings on theory. Students will learn the research tools necessary to locate and evaluate literary critical sources. Writing assignments will require the integration of literary interpretation, critical ideas, and theoretical approaches. The course is part of the foundation of the English major and should be taken by the end of the sophomore year. Offeredspring semester.

EN 213 Hispanic Literature in English Translation. (W)(I)

One unit.
This is a course in English designed to introduce several masterworks of the Spanish and Latin American literary traditions to students who may or may not be ready to read the texts in the original language. Readings include selections from early peninsular works, such as El Cid and the Quixote, pre-Columbian texts, such as the Popul-Vul, poetry from colonial Mexico’s Sor Juana and, finally, contemporary works from both Latin America (Borges, Cortázar, Allende) and Spain (Matute, García Lorca, Arrabal). (Cross-listed as SP 213.)Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester.

EN 224 Orphans, Poverty and Scandal in 19th Century British Literature. (W)

One unit.
The plight of orphans such as Dicken’s Oliver Twist, the poverty that drives flawed decision-making for Braddon’s Lady Audley and the fear of scandal that haunts many of Sherlock Holmes’s clients are examples of the issues we will study in this course. The tension between a rapidly changing society and tradition and social conventions wreaks havoc for Victorian characters. Expanding views of women’s rights, the pressure of maintaining a vast empire and the influence of increasing industrialization all challenged the familiar and comfortable ideas of nineteenth-century English people. Not open to students who have taken EN 309 or EN 324.Offered spring semesters of even years.

EN225 Ghosts, Vampires and Civilization in English Gothic Fiction (W)

One unit.
This course focuses on the English novel as it evolves from the 18th century through the end of the 19th century. The gothic tradition that begins with Walpole's The Castle of Otranto includes explorations of the supernatural, human emotions, family psychology and dysfunction, gender, social norms and their violation, and monstrosity. We will discuss such texts as Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Sheridan LeFanu's Carmilla, Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Offered as required.

EN 229 Introduction to Comparative Literature. (W) (I)

One unit.
This course introduces students to Comparative Literature as a discipline. Students will examine different methods of comparative study, including the comparison of different national literatures, different regional literatures, and literatures written in different languages. The course is structured around a series of essays taken from the groundbreaking study Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism, which are paired with a series of literary texts. Offered as required.

EN 230 Introduction to Film. (W)(F)

One unit.
This is a fundamental film course which should create good critical viewers with a basic knowledge of film form, concepts, and terminology. On a practical level, students will be applying what they’ve learned to film and video of all kinds. Students will also learn basic film history, including the cultural role of international cinematic trends. Equally importantly, students will learn how to identify and disarm the covert political and social assumptions in which films immerse audiences. The amount and level of reading as well as writing standards will be high. Two short papers, a research paper, and class presentations will be required, as well as a mid-term and final exam. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered as required.

EN280 Writing Intensive Tutoring (W)

This course prepares Writing Intensive Tutors (WITs) to work in the College's Writing Center. The class will review the theories, philosophies and pedagogies on the teaching of writing. Students will then apply what they have learned in a 15 week practicum in the Writing Center. (This course is restricted to selected students.) Students will be eligible for, but are not guaranteed employment in the Writing Center. Offered spring semesters for 1 or 0 units.

EN 291 Special Topics. (W)

One unit.
A course dealing with literary topics not covered in the standard courses of the department; its content will be determined by the instructor. Sections of the course taken as part of a freshman learning community may not be used to fulfill the writing-intensive course requirement.

Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered as required.

EN 302 Medieval Literature. (W)

One unit.
The course will explore important medieval texts from the tenth through the fifteenth centuries in both the British Isles and the continent. We will cover a range of genres, including epic (Beowulf) and romance (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) as well as allegory, lyric, and drama. Offered as required.

EN 303 Chaucer: A study of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.(W)

One unit.
Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

EN 304 Early Modern Literature (W)

One unit.
A study of the non-dramatic literature of the English Renaissance and Restoration periods, with emphasis on discoveries in language, genre, nationality, and the identity of the self. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

EN 310 Literature in Turn-of-the-Century Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Barcelona. (W)(I)

One unit.
A detailed reading of some of the major literary works written in fin-de-siècle Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Barcelona. Along with readings by authors such as Marcel Proust, Colette, Thomas Mann, Rainer-Maria Rilke, and Arthur Rimbaud, this class also addresses the rise of psychoanalysis, the exploration of sexuality, and café culture. Students will visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and attend a concert at Carnegie Hall. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

EN 311 Modern English and Irish Literature. (W)

One unit.
A study of major English and Irish writers since 1900, including, among others, Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, and Woolf.Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

EN 313 Contemporary Irish Literature. (W)(I)

One unit.
This course presents some of the finest in contemporary Irish novels, short stories, and plays from the Emerald Isle, including: drama by MartinMcDonagn, Conor McPherson and Marie Jones; and fiction by Frank McCourt, Roddy Doyle, Edna O’Brien, Anne Enright, William Trevor and Seamus Deane. Also considered are the films of Neil Jordan, Pat Sheridan and others. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

EN 314 Postcolonial Literature. (W)(I)

One unit.
In this course we will examine how different writers from the colonized and formerly colonized world have discussed the problem of the nation. How do these writers depict colonial and postcolonial societies? How do they confront continuing problems of ethnic, class, and gender divisions? Is nationalism represented as a solution, or part of the problem? While we will focus on African and Asian writers — like Achebe, Aidoo, Chandra, El Saadawi, Gordimer, Ngugi, Rushdie, and Roy — we may also consider Irish, Caribbean, Latin American, and Palestinian texts in order to compare themes and writing styles. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

EN 315 African-American Literature. (W)(D)

One unit.
An examination of the African-American literary tradition, as represented by selected central works of fiction and biography. Major poets of the century will also be considered. The course will observe the continuum from the oral tradition of spirituals and field hollers, dating from the days of slavery and Reconstruction, through the blues/jazz roots of, and influence upon, contemporary African-American writing. Recent efforts by black scholars and literary critics to establish a ‘canon’ of African-American writing will be considered. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

EN 317 American Literature: from the European to the American Renaissance. (W)

One unit.
This course examines the beginnings of American literature, from European explorations in the fifteenth century to the blossoming of U.S. literature in the mid-nineteenth century. Selections from foundational works will be read, which may include those by Benjamin Franklin, Edgar Allen Poe, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman..Offered fall semester.

EN 318 American Literature: from Romanticism to Realism. (W)

One unit.
This course examines the development of American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, as writers experimented with narrative form and subject matter, including regional dialects and realistic depictions of important social issues. Selections from classic works will be read, which may include those by Mark Twain, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Edith Wharton. Offered spring semester.

EN 319 American Literature: World War I to the Present. (W)

One unit.
Selections from the writings of such authors as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Delilo, Roth and Pynchon. The development of literary Modernism and Post-Modernism is considered. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

EN 323 Science Fiction. (W)

One unit.
We will study science fiction from the nineteenth century to the present. Science fiction as social critique will be a focal point of the course. Issues that science fiction works address include crises of self-definition, the interplay between technologies and the humans who create and use them, the fear, anticipation and acceptance/rejection of the alien, the future of society’s institutions (from government to religion) and the links between progress, humanity and the natural environment. Reading for the course may include works by H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Nicola Griffith, Octavia Butler and Orson Scott Card. There will also be significant critical reading in this course. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semesters of odd years.

EN 326 Drama Survey.(W)

One unit.
Romantic struggles, dysfunctional families, madness and violence have preoccupied the drama since its origins. In this course, we will survey selected plays central to the development of Western drama. The characteristics of the genre will be explored, including comic and tragic dramatic structures as well as the concept of the tragic hero in classic and modern plays. We will examine gender issues, and the psychological and sociological complexities of human behavior represented in dramatic literature. Playwrights may include Sophocles, Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Bernard Shaw, Tennessee Williams, and Marsha Norman. Get ready to read some fascinating plays: no acting is required! Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester.

EN 327 Advanced Drama: Renaissance and Modern. (W)

One unit.
Drama, one of the most powerful of artistic experiences, reaches its height in the late English Renaissance and again in the late twentieth century. This course will look first at some of the most compelling of Renaissance non-Shakespearian plays and then at some of the experimentation that has made contemporary drama particularly fascinating. Among the authors we may study from the Renaissance are Kyd, Webster, Middleton, Behn, and perhaps Polwhele. The playwrights of today may include Beckett, Hansberry, Soyinka, Puig, and Wilson. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

EN 329 Creative Writing. (W)

One unit.
Designed for students who have demonstrated superior ability in one of the forms of composition. Considerable practice will be afforded in the writing of the short story and/or poetry. Offered as required.

EN 330 Shakespeare Survey. (W)

One unit.
A study of selected plays representative of Shakespeare’s career as a dramatist.The course is required of the English major and should be taken by the end of the junior year. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered fall semester.

EN 342 “Growin’ Up in Dixie.” (W) (D)

One unit.
What’s it like to be young and growing up in the land of cotton and kudzu, debutantes and rednecks, coon dogs and bass boats, instant grits and barbecue? Find out how a culture that created jambalaya, catfish pie and Elvis could also produce Strom Thurmond or the Klan. Readings will include well-known major Southern authors such as William Faulkner, Alice Walker, and Flannery O’Connor, as well as some very droll present-day writers such as Barry Hannah, and Ellen Gilchrist Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester.

EN 343 Major Authors. (W)

One unit.
A study of selected works of one to three important British and/or American authors representing different periods and genres.Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered as required.

EN 344 Modern Poetry. (W)

One unit.
Development of “modernism” in British, Irish, and American poetry, from Whitman, Dickinson, and Hardy to the major figures of the early twentieth century: Yeats, Eliot, Pound, and Stevens. Includes British “war poets,” along with important figures of the ‘30’s, ‘40’s, and ‘50’s, such as Dylan Thomas, Auden, and MacNeice.Concomitant poetics theory, along with seminal criticism of the period. Close reading of poetic texts along with intensive instruction in the areas of prosody—metaphor and figurative language, stanza patterns, rhythm and meter, verse genres, poetic diction, “voice” and tonal modulation. Essays and research paper, mid-term and final exams. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

EN 345 Modern American Literature. (W)

One unit.
A study of selected writers of fiction and poetry since World War I. Offered fall semester.

EN 346 Contemporary Poetry. (W)

One unit.
A continuation of EN 344. Follows the movement in British, Irish and American poetry through High Modernism, ‘Confessional’, Beat, post-modern and contemporary verse. As with EN 344, includes concomitant poetics theory and important literary critics of the period. Emphasis on informed and disciplined readings of difficult poetic texts through intensive instruction in the areas of prosody—metaphor and figurative language, stanza patterns, rhythm and meter, verse genres, poetic diction, ‘voice’ and tonal modulation. Essays and research paper, mid-term and final exams. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

EN 347 The Study of Fairy Tales. (W)(I)

One unit.
We will focus on some traditional European tales, some Asian versions of tales, as well as critical reading and some more modern versions of the stories. Collodi’sPinocchio and various authors’ renderings of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” and “Bluebeard” are a few of the tales we will take up. Angela Carter’s versions of some of these tales as well as McGuire’s Wicked and Emma Donoghue’sKissing the Witch may be among the twentieth century texts we read. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

EN 348 Southern Women Writers. (W)(D)

One unit.
This course explores the work of important American writers from the South, including Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, Kaye Gibbons, Doris Betts, Ellen Gilchrist, Carson McCullers, Elizabeth Spencer, Dorothy Allison and Alice Walker. Their regional perspectives—on love and loyalty, independence and work, race and family—underpin a unique sense of place and a rootedness in tradition that permeates their work. Offered fall semester.

EN 351 French Women Writers in Translation. (W)(I)

One unit.
This course explores women’s writing from the unique literary and cultural perspectives of French speaking society. Readings include such authors as Madame de Sevigne, George Sand, Simone de Beauvoir, Colette, Nathalie Sarraute, and Marguerite Duras. The course also includes writings by francophone West African, Caribbean, and Canadian authors. Cross-listed w/FR 351. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

EN 354 The Western Canon II: Renaissance to the Present. (W)

One unit.
A study of selected texts from Western, non-English, literature that have been designated as “canonical” in the past and that now raise interesting questions about the ways we assess literature. Texts, read in translation, will be selected from continental literatures, and the class will offer the opportunity to address the kind of demanding literature that engages the ideas that give shape to the periods we will be covering: Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered as required.

EN 355 Sex and Gender in Medieval French Literature. (W)(I)

One unit.
Medieval France saw a new flowering of interest in romantic love, but also a new imposition of control over sexual behavior by the Church. As a result there was an explosion of literature both celebrating and condemning a wide variety erotic attitudes and practices, composed by churchmen, noblemen, and the few women who achieved the education and authority to write. We will read troubadour love lyrics, Arthurian romances, poems debating the merits of same-sex love, and selections from Christine de Pizan, widely considered to be Europe’s first feminist. All texts, whether written in French or Latin, will be read in English translation. Cross-listed w/FR 355.Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

EN 356 French Cinema: Retrogrades, Rebels, and Realists. (I)(F)

One unit.
This course introduces students to the major developments in the history of French cinema. The course aims to develop students’ skills of analysis and interpretation in order to enable them to read and appreciate film as an art form. The course is divided into three parts which present the three principal moments of French cinematic history: the films of Poetic Realism from the 1920s and 1930s; the films of the New Wave from the 1950s and 1960s and fin-de-siècle films of the 1980s and 1990s. Film-viewings are supplemented by the study of film theory. Taught in English. Cross-listed w/FR 356. Offered fall semester.

EN 357 ItalianCinema. (W)(I)(F)

One unit.
Italian cinema provides a fascinating portrait of Italy in the 20th century, chronicling such phenomena as the rise of fascism, the tensions between North and South, and the changing role of women. In addition, it has exhibited impressive narrative and technical innovation, which have been influential on American filmmakers. Directors such as Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, and Sergio Leone will be studied. Cross-listed w/IT 357.Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered as required.

EN 397 Internship

One unit.
Part-time experience in an off-campus internship working under a site supervisor and with the approval of a faculty mentor. 105 hours required as well as a daily log and journal. The internship does not count toward the English major, dual program with Education or the English minor. Prerequisite: Junior standing in the English major. Offered as needed.

EN400 Senior Reflective Tutorial

One unit.
This course, taken in conjunction with EN425, combines theory and practice. It presents selected literary theories that pertain to the texts studied in the senior seminar, at the same time that it provides a structure and vocabulary for analyzing the experiential component of the course, whether that takes the form of an internship or research paper. Prerequisites: Senior standing in the English major and successful (C- or higher) performance in EN212. Offered spring semester.

EN 416 American Mosaic: Other Voices. (W)(D)

One unit.
From “melting pot” to “rainbow” to “mosaic,” Americans have espoused self-images that bind commonly shared democratic values to disparate group identities. “American Mosaic” considers the visionary work of writers who are redefining the ‘American dream’ for a new century. Will Americans polarize into fractious tribes, blur into a drab “McCulture,” or light out for the territories of an invigorated heritage, expressing and respecting difference while remaining “We the People”? Readings from leading Native American, African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American fiction writers and poets.Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

EN425 Senior Seminar

One unit.
This course is a culminating experience for the senior English major. The advanced level will permit an intensive study of the subject, and the seminar format will permit active student participation. Topics may include an author, genre, or the relationship between the study of literature and another discipline. Prerequisites: Senior standing in the English major and successful (C- or higher) performance in EN212. Offered spring semester.

EN 497 Internship

Two units.
Part-time experience in an off-campus internship working under a site supervisor and with the approval of a faculty mentor. 210 hours required as well as a daily log and journal. The internship does not count toward the English major, dual program with Education or the English minor. Prerequisite: Junior standing in the English major. Offered as needed.

EN 593 Independent Study

One unit.
Supervised independent research projects developed by the student with a faculty mentor. Restricted to advanced English majors. Students planning to write a thesis for the honors program or departmental honors in English should register for EN 593 for the fall semester of their senior year. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Offered fall and spring semesters.

Journalism Courses


JR 011 Intern Program in Writing for Student Newspaper

One unit.
Intensive participation in the student newspaper in the area of writing. Students will complete articles assigned by the instructor, who will grade them. Not required of staff members of student publications, but recommended for English majors with a minor in Journalism. May be repeated.Prerequisite: completion of the English composition requirement. Offered fall and spring semesters.

JR 261 Introduction to Journalism (W)

One unit.
An introduction to newspaper and magazine writing, including news, feature articles, and editorials. Offered fall and spring semester.

JR363 News Design and Editing (W)

One unit.
An introduction to design and editing, which work in tandem in the newsroom. In the editing segment, students learn copyediting, Associated Press style, headline and caption writing, newsgathering techniques, budgeting and story assigning. They develop news judgment and leadership skills. In the design segment, the history of design, the elements of design, typography, photography and the current and evolving trends in new media are explored. Students receive training in Mac design and learn how to successfully assemble a newspaper or magazine page. Prerequisite: JR 261 or permission of the instructor. Offered spring of even-numbered years.

JR 366 Feature Writing (W)

One unit.
Preparation for successful writing for both newspapers and magazines.Extensive classroom editorial sessions. Attention to techniques of style, organization, lead writing, use of quotes and attribution, ethical questions, generating article ideas, and surveying contemporary magazine outlets. Emphasis on covering trends in the arts, politics, popular culture, and social issues. Human interest stories, interviews, profiles, in-depth investigative, and how-to articles also explored, according to the student’s interests. Attention to proposals and correspondence with editors, and identifying marketing of final copy. Prerequisite: JR 261 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.

JR 368 Reviewing (W)

One unit.
The art and craft of reviewing theatre, dance, recordings and concerts, restaurants and cuisine, television and film, new books and magazines, exhibits, and a variety of culture events. The course will focus on freelance techniques for devising story ideas, researching publications, proposing story ideas to editors, writing letters of inquiry, and completing assignments. Students will contribute articles to the Wagnerian. Prerequisite: JR 261 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

JR 370 Sports Journalism (W)

One unit.
An introduction to the craft and business of sports writing, with emphasis on conceiving, researching, drafting, and revising marketable sports stories. Students learn to prepare feature columns, Profiles, interviews, and editorials for both newspapers and magazines. Readings in the New York Times, Daily News, New York Post, Sports Illustrated, and other publications, as well as in collections of contemporary sports writers. Assignments include news coverage of Wagner College sports as well as local professional teams and events (live and televised). Emphasis on publishing in the Wagnerian and freelancing for commercial outlets.Prerequisite: JR 261 or permission of the instructor. Offered as required.

JR 372 Journalism and Public Relations (W)

One unit.
An exploration of the codependent relationship between these two fields. Students will learn how news people rely on PR people for story ideas and information, and how PR people rely on news people to bring credibility and success to their concepts. They will learn how to market an idea creatively, prepare press releases from press kits, and deal with reporters and editors from the PR angle. They will also learn how to identify and develop a story idea from a press release, and become proficient in handling “rewrites.” Prerequisite: JR 261 or permission of the instructor. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.

JR 373 Ethics in Journalism: The National Enquirer to the New York Times (W)

One unit.
Newspaper editors make tough calls every day, based on a professional code of ethics that differs from newspaper to newspaper. What’s un-publishable for one is front-page news for another. This course explores ethical issues including sensationalism, libel and slander, the right to privacy, conflicts of interest, and the blurring line between journalism and entertainment. Prerequisite: JR 261 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years.

JR 376 History of Journalism (W)

One unit.
This course traces journalism from the primitive days of wooden type, invented by the Chinese, to the implications of Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press and the computerized complexities of the field today. Students will read articles by some of America’s earliest reporters (Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allan Poe) and study how writing styles, topics, and newspaper design have changed through the centuries. A collection of old newspapers will be used to illustrate the changes. Prerequisite: JR 261 or permission of the instructor. Offered as required.

JR 397 Internship in Journalism

One unit.
Part-time, on-the-job experience at a New York area newspaper, magazine, television network, or public relations outlet.Prerequisites: JR 261, minimum 2.5 GPA in the major, and approval of the advisor to the journalism minor. Offered as required.

JR 497 Internship in Journalism

Two units.
Part-time, on-the-job experience at a New York area newspaper, magazine, television network, or public relations outlet.Prerequisites: JR 261, minimum 2.5 GPA in the major, and approval of the advisor to the journalism minor. Offered as required.

JR 593 Independent Study in Journalism

One unit.
Supervised independent research projects developed by the student with a faculty mentor.Prerequisites: JR 261, and approval of the advisor to the journalism minor. Offered as required.