Media and Popular Culture (COMM-2460)
A general survey of contemporary media, their historical origins and social impact, with a focus on TV, newspapers, magazines, radio, film, and personal computers. Spring term annually. 4 credit hours.
Advertising and Culture (COMM-4580)
An examination of the cultural impact of advertising in various media: TV, radio, print , and the Web. How does advertising inform our experience and identity? How has it shaped our culture? Who pays for it and why? These are the types of questions this course will address. Prerequisite: any COMM or LITR course or permission of instructor. Fall term annually. 4 credit hours.
Science and Fiction (LITR-4150)
an exploration of the ongoing dialogue between science/technology and literature through the reading of landmark works about science and fictional works that describe scientific ideas and methods. Topics include artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and cyborgs. Offered alternate years. 4 credit hours.
Utopian Literature (LITR-2450)
An exploration of the use of fiction to propagate ideas about ideal or nightmarish societies. This course examines the artistic techniques employed in this distinct tradition and the unusual interplay between fiction and reality that this popular genre represents. Students work toward the design of their own utopian scheme in short story or other form. Fall term alternate years. 4 credit hours.
Media Studies Graduate Seminar (COMM-6xxx)
A graduate seminar examining major theories and approaches to studying the media from a cultural studies perspective, with a particular focus on the medium of television. Topics will likely include: the politics of representation; commercialization; celebrity; media institutions;
fictional and factual programming; gender, race, and class. 3 credit hours.
Critical Theory (LITR-6330)
Focuses on the major philosophical, political, and psychological theories that have shaped literary studies since 1965. Students will be introduced to major theories [including Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis (Freud-Lacan), Marxism, Feminism] and to a series of topics that ask students to integrate two or more of these theories. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Offered on availability of instructor. 3 credit hours.
Women Writers (LITR-2770)
A study of works of literature written by women, featuring such writers as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf, and including the work of selected contemporary writers. Fall term annually. 4 credit hours.
A survey of major works by Irish authors writing in English, with a particular focus on fiction and drama of the twentieth century. Authors will include: Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and W.B. Yeats. No prior knowledge of Irish culture or literature necessary. 3 credit hours.