Introduction to Literature and Language
Each section of these first-year seminars approaches the study of literature through the exploration of a single theme in texts drawn from a variety of literary genres (tragedy, comedy, lyric poetry, epic, novel, short story, film, autobiography, etc.) and historical periods. Classes are small, offering intensive discussion and close attention to each student's writing. Students in each section are asked to work intensively on composition as part of a rigorous introduction to reading, thinking, speaking, and writing about literary texts. During the semester, instructors will assign frequent essays and may also require oral presentations, quizzes, examinations, and research projects. Students may take any two sections of ENGL 103 or ENGL 104 to fulfill their humanities distribution requirement or they may complete their humanities requirement with either ENGL 103 or ENGL 104 plus another ENGL course. This course is not open to juniors and seniors without permission of the department chair. Offered annually in multiple sections.