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The English department’s senior 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 capstone requirement in English. The senior examination (see below) now constitutes the entirety of the formal senior capstone, while you will earn course credit for the substantial analytic or creative project you complete through the senior seminar.
In Fall 2016, there are two sections of the senior seminar in literature, taught by Professors Davidson and Matz, as well as a senior seminar in creative writing taught by Professor Hyde for students pursuing the emphasis in creative writing. Professor Weber will teach a senior seminar in creative writing in spring 2017, while Professor O’Neill will teach a section of the senior seminar in literature. 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 either of the Senior Seminars.