Special Opportunity Courses

  1. Fearless Ideas Courses
  2. Elevate Fellows
  3. Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative
  4. Global Classrooms Initiative
  5. Study Abroad


Supported by the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • ENGL395: Writing for the Health Professions
    Scott Wible
    You’re pursuing a career in the health professions because you’re passionate about solving real-world health problems and helping people to improve their lives. This Professional Writing course gives you the training and support to do just that. You’ll learn how to research communities to truly, deeply understand their health problems. You’ll learn how to design bold, innovative solutions that target the community’s most pressing needs. You’ll learn how to use writing to manage your project development and to deliver your solutions to stakeholders who need and can implement them. In short, you’ll learn to become a fearless solver of the world’s pressing health problems.


Grants for course redesign from the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center

Current Fellows:

  • Scott Moses
    ENGL393: Technical Writing
    The intent of ENGL393 is to prepare you for the type of professional communication you are likely to engage in during your first post-college jobs and beyond. This course focuses on technical communication – learning how to present specialized information in an accessible way to a variety of different audiences, but audiences who, no doubt, will expect clarity, accuracy, and professionalism from you. This class stresses the key skills that highlight a successful professional technical communicator. Specifically, we focus on the process of writing (including the planning, drafting, and revising stages) and look carefully at the work that goes into the final polished product
  • Peter Grybauskas
    UNIV104: Reading and Writing at the College Level


  • ENGL388C: Writing Internship: Community Engagement
    Heather Lindenman with guest lectures by Scott Wible
    This class offers students an opportunity to combine service with scholarship. We will work with ninth grade students at local Northwestern High School to explore the ways writing can be used as a tool for social change. In collaboration with the high school students, we will host a performance event that opens a dialogue surrounding a pressing social issue. In addition to tutoring and mentoring, this class requires a good deal of writing. You will write multiple reflections, a literacy narrative, a creative composition, publicity materials, and a multimodal exploration of some aspect of writing in society. You will conduct independent research and will be expected to switch fluidly between academic, creative, professional, and hybrid genres. We will also focus on developing critical self-awareness of our own relationships with literacy, writing, and dialects of power. In addition to two weekly 50-minute meetings, this class requires commitment to an off-campus service-learning component for about 90 minutes, once a week.
  • ENGL 292: Writing for Change
    Justin Lohr with guest lectures by Scott Wible
    In this Scholarship in Practice class, students will explore the possibilities and limitations of using writing as a tool for social change. As a member of this class, you will play many different roles: learner, collaborator, mentor, teacher, and performer, to name a few. We will interrogate the concepts of rhetorical agency, critical literacy, intercultural inquiry, and performance. Then, through our work with 9th grade students (on site) at Northwestern High School, we will draw on these approaches as we collaborate to address an issue or problem of importance to the students. Our ten-week collaboration with Northwestern will culminate in an evening of performance, in which the high school students present their final Writing for Change projects. The goal of our final performance will be twofold: to celebrate the students’ voices and perspectives, and to begin a robust dialogue surrounding the issue at stake.
  • ENGL368C: Caribbean Stop: Poetry and Short Stories from the Region
    Merle Collins
    This is a project-based course.  If you are interested in teaching and want experience working with grade school students, this is the class for you.  If you want an opportunity to learn to play at least one tune on the Caribbean steelpan, and can add an hour or two per week outside of scheduled class time, this is also the course for you.  You will work in the classroom and with Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFÉ), a community group in Prince George’s Community, on a project aimed at developing a “global tour” to give young people an understanding of the literature and culture of various parts of the world.  This course is designed as the community group’s “Caribbean Stop” on its global tour.  You will work alternatively in the classroom and at the CAFÉ location in Mt. Rainier, Md.   In the classroom, you will be introduced to selected Caribbean poems, plays and short stories.   At CAFÉ, you will assist young people with homework and, having established a relationship, design a program to teach the youth some of what you are learning of Caribbean literature. 


  • ENGL261/361: Recovering Oral Histories: Caribbean and Latin American Communities in the USA and Britain
    Merle Collins
    This is a project-based course, aimed at recording oral histories of Caribbean American and Latin American communities in the Washington metropolitan area.  At the beginning of the course, we will discuss interview and oral history techniques.  From the end of the second/beginning of the third week of the course, you will be expected to begin interviewing a contact in the Latin American or Caribbean community.  Interviewees/narrators will be approved by the course instructor, who will assist with identifying individuals if students find it difficult to do so independently.  Students will record and videotape oral histories, transcribe these stories and begin writing them as oral histories. This course is being offered in coordination with Professor Conrad James at the Department of Latin American Studies, Birmingham University, UK.  Using Canvas and video conferencing facilities, the two classes (in the U.S.A. and U.K.) will share comments about interviews and interview transcripts.


  • Bologna, Italy: ENGL369B/FILM369B: Methods and Issues in Film Preservation
    Oliver Gaycken
    Study Abroad in Bologna, Italy with Professor Oliver Gaycken as you learn first-hand about the vital role of film preservation in the maintenance and reclamation of cinematic patrimony.  In this hands-on collaborative program, you will experience the work happening at film restoration laboratories which keeps the films we know and love available to us, as well as attend the annual film restoration festival Il Cinema Ritrovato.
  • London and East Anglia: ENGL409M: Study Abroad in London and East Anglia
    Michael Olmert
    Study Abroad in London and East Anglia in England is an intensive examination of British culture. With Professor Michael Olmert, students on the program study the History, Literature, Drama, Architecture, Art and Archeology of Britain by visiting London, Castle Acre (an East Anglian village in Norfolk), and a number of other historic and literary sites in England.
  • Australia: ENGL369D/HONR349B: Australia: Literature and Culture - Aboriginal to Contemporary
    Jason Rudy
    Join Professor Jason Rudy for an immersion into Australian culture and history. This course explores the literature, theater, and arts of aboriginal and contemporary Australia. It looks back to the colonial founding of Australia as a British outpost and considers how modern Australia has emerged from a mixing of Western and Indigenous cultures. This three-week program takes place in Sydney. See the Program Flyer.
    * This course has been approved for the Gen Ed Humanities and Cultural Competence requirements.
  • New Zealand: ENGL369D/HONR349B: New Zealand Literature and Culture
    Jason Rudy
    Professor Jason Rudy leads students on a journey through the landscape of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, immersing you in the culture, literature, and history of New Zealand.  This course will look back to the colonial founding of New Zealand as a British outpost, and to the strong Maori culture the British encountered when they arrived.