Junior English majors will notice a new course available to them for the 2014-5 academic year: a senior seminar. This new seminar has been designed as a lively, rigorous, and wide-ranging exploration of literature and writing, and each section of the senior seminar will be small enough to encourage a close-knit community of readers and writers to develop. The senior seminar in English will provide a context in which you will produce an extended version of the analytic or creative project that in the past has constituted part of the senior exercise requirement in English. In this new version of things, the examination (see below) will constitute the entirety of the formal senior exercise, while you will earn course credit for the substantial analytic or creative project you complete through the senior seminar.
This seminar will be required of seniors in future year (for the class of 2017 and beyond), but will be an option for the classes of 2015 and 2016. If you choose not to enroll in the seminar this year, you will be required to complete the senior exercise independently: in September, you will submit a proposal for an analytical or creative project, due in late January, that will be read and evaluated by two English Department faculty members. We hope that you will strongly consider choosing the senior seminar option, as we believe the senior seminars in literature and in creative writing will offer memorable capstones to your time in Kenyon's English department.
In Fall 2014, there will be three sections of the senior seminar in literature, taught by Professors Garcia, Murthy, and Heidt. For students pursuing an emphasis in creative writing, Professors Clarvoe and Weber will teach a senior seminar in creative writing in spring 2015. Students will have their choice of sections and can register for them in the way they would any non-permission course. Each section of the seminar will be limited to 15 students, with senior English majors being given priority during registration.
**please note: students pursuing Honors will take the Honors Seminar (ENGL 497) rather than the Senior Seminar (ENGL 491).