Resources for TFs College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Online Course Descriptions

TFs teaching literature courses, like English faculty, are encouraged to put descriptions of their courses online. Although lower division course descriptions have not been online, the Lower Division Curriculum Committee feels that it would be a practice that is consistent with other literature classes, good professional development for TFs, and a good way to help instructors prepare for their classes before the semester begins.

Announcing a description of the course online serves the interests of our sophomores, who can make a more informed choice of which course to take, but it also serves the interest of our TFs, who can attract students to their course with a thoughtful, well planned description.

Dr. Kessler will forward descriptions to the appropriate web developers within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Sample Course Description

Below is a sample description from an upper division class. It is not meant to be a template. TFs are encouraged to look at all the upper division and graduate course descriptions:

3351: American Literature after 1865
H. Aboul-Ela Office Hours TBA

Course Goals: Our purpose is to improve skills in critical thinking, literary analysis, composition, and style. In this course, we will work on these skills through reading and discussion of modern and postmodern American literature. Each of the biggest readings in the course centers on a road trip. Through a shift or shifts in setting, these works invoke landscapes that force a self-consciousness onto their main characters. This process raises large issues in the American cultural landscape: modernity, exceptionalism, the American dream, capitalism, race relations, gender roles, sexuality, nationalism, and the transnational. Through analysis of these categories, we will search for deeper understanding of these common themes.

Requirements: 3 papers and several pop quizzes.

Prospective Reading list includes:

  • James Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues"
  • Paul Bowles, &The Sheltering Sky"
  • Stephen Crane, "The Blue Hotel"
  • William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying"
  • Jamaica Kincaid, "Lucy"
  • Cormac McCarthy, "The Road"
  • Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
  • Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"