Undergraduate

New Class Added to the Fall Schedule

Videogames and Game Studies | ENGL378E
Andrew Ferguson
M/W 3:30-4:45p.m.
0214 Tawes Hall 

Description: Some have called videogames “the art form of the 21st century”; others have denied that they could ever be art at all. Whatever one's view on their aesthetic possibilities, though, videogames have become ubiquitous, filling our spare moments, providing new and alternate identities, and sparking cultural divides. This course surveys and studies the medium of the videogame, with an emphasis on developing skills in critical and cultural analysis as well as rudimentary game design. This inquiry stretches from the beginnings of the genre in analog (board or card) games and pinball, through the era of early computing and cartridge-based consoles, through to the highly sophisticated always-online formats of the present day.

No prior technical knowledge or coding experience is assumed or required. Access to a Mac or PC laptop is strongly recommended though, as is access to a smartphone or tablet capable of getting on the Mac or Android App Store; however, as many game texts as possible will be made available through a library or lab computer. Assignments will include one analog and several digital games, recorded commentary on a gaming session, one essay on gaming cultures, one essay reflecting a semester’s worth of engagement with one longer game, and regular entries into a play log.

Ask your advisor how you can apply this course toward your English requirements! Email english@umd.edu.

 

Upcoming Events

Wed Oct 17

6:30 PM
Special Events Room, 6137 McKeldin Libraries

Wed Feb 13

7:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall

Wed Apr 10

7:00 PM

News

May 2, 2018
Senior Lecturer Justin Lohr has been selected to receive the Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in the area of teaching.
May 1, 2018
David Biespiel was a finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from National Book Critics Circle Award. The other finalists were Maureen Corrigan, Ruth Franklin, James Marcus. The winner, Charles Finch.
May 1, 2018
Congratulations to Laura Neal, who was recently awarded a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
April 18, 2018
Congratulations to Professor Joshua Weiner, who was recently elected chair of the Writing Committee at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the premier residency in the U.S. for emerging artists and writers.
April 10, 2018
Joshua Weiner's chapbook, "Everything I Do I Do Good: Trumpoems" is now available as a free pdf download and a virtual flipbook on the Dispatches website.
April 10, 2018
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February 22, 2018
John J. Long and Anne C. Long, Ph.D., give $100,000 to the Department to enhance students' education by recognizing, rewarding, and supporting faculty as they develop curricular and pedagogical best practices. 
February 20, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor GerShun Avilez will be joining us this fall as Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 5, 2018
Students from the ENGL393Q Technical Writing Service-Learning course will be working with with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on two writing projects as part of NASA's educational outreach. Students will be creating content for the NASA Visualization Explorer and for Earthzine, a joint venture between NASA and IEEE. Successful projects will result in publication of materials for the students and content for NASA's programs. 
May 6, 2018
Joshua Weiner will be reading his Trumpoems on SUNDAY, May 6th, 6:00 PM at Bridge Street Books with DAVID GEWANTER in celebration of the publication of Gewanter's fourth book, FORT NECESSITY, just out from the University of Chicago Press.
March 6, 2018
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February 21, 2018
Carlos Gamerro will give a public lecture on Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 PM in St. Mary's Hall Multipurpose Room. [...]
February 20, 2018
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2017-2018 series will take place on Friday, March 2nd, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. Victoria E. Burke will deliver a talk entitled “Collecting, Compiling, and Creating: Engaging with the Bible in Seventeenth-Century Women’s Manuscript Writing.”
November 15, 2017
The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) invites you to an information session for individuals interested in supporting students who are incarcerated. GPEP offers Goucher College courses and college preparatory courses to students at two Maryland prisons. 
October 23, 2017
 For 49 seasons, the O.B. Hardison Poetry series has brought some of the best writers and speakers to the Folger stage. From traditional poetry readings to multimedia presentations to eclectic combinations of lecture, conversation, and performance, we are committed to expanding the contexts in which poetry is experienced.Learn more about the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series.
April 25, 2017
Four of our students in the English Department were selected to be Senior Marshals: Elizabeth Caldera, Casey DeFrancesco, Melissa Eck, and Emmy Schafer. These students will help lead the procession at the main campus commencement ceremony, and will also be honored at a reception.
November 22, 2016
Jhumpa Lahiri will  visit The Mercatus Center at George Mason University on Monday, December 5 at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall Auditorium.
November 2, 2016
It is that time of the year when we all have the opportunity to help out thousands of fellow citizens, animals and the environment in the state of Maryland who are going through tough times. 
November 1, 2016
The Opening Reception for The Stamp Gallery's latest exhibiton Black Maths is Free and Open to the Public and will take place Tuesday, November 1 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
May 2, 2018
Senior Lecturer Justin Lohr has been selected to receive the Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in the area of teaching.
May 1, 2018
David Biespiel was a finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from National Book Critics Circle Award. The other finalists were Maureen Corrigan, Ruth Franklin, James Marcus. The winner, Charles Finch.
May 1, 2018
Congratulations to Laura Neal, who was recently awarded a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
April 18, 2018
Congratulations to Professor Joshua Weiner, who was recently elected chair of the Writing Committee at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the premier residency in the U.S. for emerging artists and writers.
April 10, 2018
Joshua Weiner's chapbook, "Everything I Do I Do Good: Trumpoems" is now available as a free pdf download and a virtual flipbook on the Dispatches website.
April 10, 2018
SAVE THE DATE & RESERVE TICKETS FOR TRACY K. SMITH on 4/19 at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress! Continue reading for details.
February 22, 2018
John J. Long and Anne C. Long, Ph.D., give $100,000 to the Department to enhance students' education by recognizing, rewarding, and supporting faculty as they develop curricular and pedagogical best practices. 
February 20, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor GerShun Avilez will be joining us this fall as Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 5, 2018
Students from the ENGL393Q Technical Writing Service-Learning course will be working with with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on two writing projects as part of NASA's educational outreach. Students will be creating content for the NASA Visualization Explorer and for Earthzine, a joint venture between NASA and IEEE. Successful projects will result in publication of materials for the students and content for NASA's programs. 

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