Honors students meet the same requirements as other English majors, but five of the courses in your curriculum will be distinctive. Three are courses directly related to the Senior Honors Project (ENGL370, ENGL373, ENGL495). The other two will be Senior Seminars on various topics. At least one seminar (ENGL428) will be offered each semester, and they are limited to 20 students. These advanced courses are intended for Honors Students and other high-achieving students in the major. Non-Honors students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, must have completed ENGL 301, and must have taken at least one 400-level English course.
If you have a scheudling conflict and need to substitute a 400 level course for a seminar, you will need to fill an application for alternative honors coursework.
The seminar offered during Fall 2017 will be:
Mary Helen Washington, "Race, Class, and Narrative"
The seminar offered currently is:
Stanley Plumly, "Anglo-American Poetry, Romantics through the 20th Century"
Orrin Wang, "Gothic Spaces: Gender, History and Romantic Writing"
Jason Rudy, "Reading Victorian Literature in the Colonies"
Fall 2015Robert Levine, "The Color Line and the American 1850s"Kellie Robertson, "Another Green World: Nature and Early English Literature"
Spring 2015Jonathan Auerbach, "Birth of Modern America"Oliver Gaycken, "Fantastic Voyages: modern Media of Exploration and Discovery" Fall 2014Randy Ontiveros,"Literary Maryland" (see this article about the course's content and impact on students)
Spring 2014Amanda Bailey, "Shakespeare and the Age of Globalization"Ralph Bauer, "The Literature of Discovery"Gerard Passannante, ”Literature in the Age of the Scientific Revolution"
Fall 2013Jane Donawerth, “Women's Utopia's and the Question of Gender”Christina Walter, "Literature and Visual Culture"
Spring 2013Kent Cartwright, "Shakespeare and the Idea of Comedy"
Sangeeta Ray, “Postcolonial, Global, Transnational” Fall 2012 Sheila Jelen, “Photography and Literature” Spring 2012 Brian Richardson, “Ulysses” Fall 2011 Ted Leinwand, “Shakespeare, Reviser”Orrin Wang, “Culture and Ideology in Austen and Byron”
Carla Peterson, "Representations of Black Culture in New York City, 1800-1900"
Vincent Carretta, "Authors of the Early Black Atlantic"
Other Past Seminars
Ralph Bauer, "The 'Solitude' of the New World: The Marvelous, the Fantastic, and Magic Realism"
Kari Kraus, "Book 2.0: The History of the Book and the Future"
Laura Rosenthal, "Gothic Literature: Darkness in the Enlightenment"
Maud Casey, "How to Tell a True War Story"
Elizabeth Bearden, "Renaissance Romance: Subversion and Delight"
Jason Rudy, "Victorian Cosmopolitanisms"
Ted Leinwand, "Shakespeare on War"
William Cohen, "Victorian Bodies"
Linda Kauffman, "Contemporary Literature, Media, and the State"
Richard Cross, "Exile and Expatriate Writers"
Marshall Grossman, "Hamlet"
Michael Israel, "Language, Sex, and Gender"
Robert Levine, "The Color Line and the American 1850s"
Jane Donawerth, "Shakespeare in the Context of Renaissance Women's Culture"
Shirley Logan, "The Rhetoric of Abolition"
Orrin Wang, "Gender, History, and Romantic Writing"
Kent Cartwright, "The Presence of the Real in Renaissance Literature"
Matt Kirschenbaum, "Technologies of Literature/Literature of Technologies"
Elizabeth Loizeaux, "Poetry, Painting, and Illustration"
Tom Moser, "The Idea of Love in the Middle Ages"
Neil Fraistat, "Technoromanticism"
Jonathan Auerbach, "The American 1890s"
Kandice Chuh, “Law and Literature”
Carla Peterson, “Texts of the Black Atlantic, 1600-1900”
Richard Cross, “Vision and Tradition in Modern Poetry”
Marshall Grossman, “Hamlet”
Elizabeth Arnold, “The Body in Extremis: The Portrayal of War and Other Forms of Political Violence from Homer to Komunyakaa”
Vincent Carretta: “Writers of the Early Black Atlantic”
Brian Richardson, “The Fiction of James Joyce”
Orrin Wang, “Gothic Spaces: Gender, History, and Romantic Writing”