Courses Offered (Summer 2019)

Undergraduate Courses

First-Year English (UCCS Rhetoric Requirement)

1001 Foundations in Rhetoric

101 Online Professor Elizabeth Angeli (session 1)
102 MTWThF 8:00-9:15 Professor Jenna Green Azab (session 2)
103 MTWThF 9:30-10:45 Professor Jenna Green Azab (session 2)
104 MTWThF 8:00-9:15 Professor Jacob Riyeff (session 2)
105 MTWThF 9:30-10:45 Professor Jacob Riyeff (session 2)

English 1001, Foundations in Rhetoric

Students learn to:

  • Critically engage scholarly communication by identifying and analyzing the main rhetorical features of variously mediated texts used by scholars to express ideas in academic settings;
  • Pursue inquiry with rigor and responsibility by formulating feasible and meaningful research questions and revising them while conducting thorough, ethical inquiries using appropriate available resources;
  • Understand writing as a purpose-driven, audience-oriented, multimodal activity that involves writers in making continuous ethical and informed choices;
  • Develop writing by engaging in overlapping phases of invention, synthesis of ideas and information, and revision undertaken in response to others' feedback and self-critique;
  • Deliver writing by making full use of appropriate available media, genres, formats and styles;
  • Write with exigence by addressing issues of importance with the goal of increasing one's own and others' understanding as a foundation for future action of various kinds;
  • Develop an appropriate ethos by meeting academic audiences' expectations for credibility, consistency, and integrity.
  • For additional details, including unit-by-unit syllabi, contact either Dr. Rebecca Nowacek or Dr. Amelia Zurcher.


UCCS Literature and Performing Arts Requirements

Pre-2018 University Core Literature Courses (ENGL 2000 and 2010)

ENGL course numbers 2000 and 2010 fulfill the University Core of Common Studies requirement in Literature/Performing Arts (LPA) for students enrolled prior to Fall 2018.

2000 Literature, History and Culture

101 Online Professor Leah Flack (session 2)
102 Online Professor Leah Flack (session 2)

Course Title: The Art of War

Course Description: Nearly three millennia ago, the Western literary tradition began with Homer’s pair of epic stories about war and the agonizing return to peace. In our own era, we face the urgent problems of escalating global warfare, which prompts us to become informed citizens with a critical awareness of how war is represented and justified. To this end, we have much to learn from the literary tradition.  

This course will teach students to become empowered readers of war narratives through an intensive study of short stories, novels, and films about war and peace, most of which were written in the past 60 years. We will explore several features of representations of war in literature: the celebratory, commemorative, and protest functions of literature; representations of the body in war narratives; representations of various forms of psychological, physical, and cultural damage caused by war; the difficulty of return and recovery from war; and war’s challenges to traditional narrative forms as writers struggle to define, as Tim O’Brien writes, “how to tell a true war story.”  

2010 Literature and Genre

101 Online Professor Gerry Canavan (session 1)
102 Online Professor Gerry Canavan (session 2)

Course Title: Crafting the Short Story

Course Description: “Crafting the Short Story” offers a unique version of the typical English 2010 experience that takes place entirely online, offering students the opportunity to produce creative writing alongside traditional scholarly prose. These two modes of writing, normally kept distinct in the English curriculum, are blended together here to make this intensive six-week summer course a formative intellectual experience for its students. The course is built around Tom Bailey’s short-story anthology On Writing Short Stories (2nd edition), which combines a vibrant anthology of twentieth-century short stories with writerly reflections on the mechanics of short story construction and the craft of creative short story composition. Alongside their assigned readings, forum responses, and directed creative pieces, students will also spend the summer session drafting and revising an original short story of their own devising. In the final week of class, students will share their stories with me and their peers in supportive online workshop groups, receive both due praise and constructive critical feedback, and then craft a personal reflection on the workshop and a revision of their story as their final exam.

Readings: Tom Bailey’s On Writing Short Stories (2nd Edition)

Assignments: D2L responses; short creative assignments; original short story; workshop participation; workshop reflection and revision.


Upper Division Literature Courses

4951 MU Led Travel/Study Abroad

101 Professor Tyler Farrell (Session 2) 

Course Title: Literature, History, and Culture of Ireland

Course Description: This month-long summer program and course takes an in-depth look at Ireland and the literature, culture and history upon which the country is built. Students will see Ireland through the eyes of famous Irish authors. The combination of classroom learning and hands-on excursions allow students to have a fresh and more comprehensive learning experience. The course will consist of author discussions and involve short day trips to places of note in relation to authors, including: James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank O’Connor, Samuel Beckett, James Liddy, and Michael Hartnett. Students will look deeply into James Joyce and visit historical Martello Tower, the setting for the first chapter of Ulysses and travel to Yeats’ grave and the city of Sligo while also experiencing walking tours of some the country’s most famous residents. Students will also experience a play at the historic Abbey Theater along with museums, cultural attractions, tours, and educational experiences. While Galway (NUI-Galway) and Dublin (UC-Dublin) will serve as the primary homes for this program, travel to other parts of Ireland are a vital component to the program’s curriculum.

Assignments: Include daily readings, in-class discussion, presentation, tours, daily writing assignments, 4 short critical papers and 1 final project including both critical and creative writing components.

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Or Contact Dr. Tyler Farrell 

4717 Comics and Graphic Narrative

101 MTWTh 9:45-11:20 Professor Gerry Canavan (session 1)

Course Title: 21st Century Comics 

Course Description: This course surveys the history, reception, and artistic form of comics and graphic narrative, with particular focus on comics published in the last twenty years. How have comics shifted from their origins as a predominantly American, predominantly male fixation on the superhero towards an increasingly popular international art movement crossing gender, class, and ethnic lines? What are comics today, in 2019, and who are they for—and why, as Thierry Groensteen has pointedly asked, are comics still in search of cultural legitimization? As in previous instances of the course, we will consider science fictional and superheroic comics alongside high literary novels and confessional autobiographies to gain a full understanding of the medium and its possibilities. 

Readings: The reading list is still being finalized (and open to suggestions!) but books could include (on the science fictional side) The Walking Dead, Superman: Red Son, Planetary, and Ms. Marvel, and (on the literary/autobiographical side) Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s Daytripper, and Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. Students can expect to read about one graphic novel per week, so around six in all. 

Assignments: Class participation and presentations, weekly D2L posts, take-home midterm, take-home final


Graduate Seminars

8932 Advanced Studies in Selected Topics

101 Online Professor Leah Flack (session 2)

Course Title: Pre-dissertation seminar

Course Description: This course will help students prepare to conceptualize the dissertation in three primary ways. First, students will develop a personalized reading list meant to help them to select the texts, authors, and theoretical frameworks that they might wish to include in their projects. They will design a reading calendar in consultation with the instructor and discuss their readings with classmates. Second, students will meet with the instructor individually and in small groups 3 times at scheduled times for mentoring and discussion about progress. These meetings might be in person or online, depending on schedules and availability.  Finally, students will learn about and practice some of the primary modes of writing they will need for this next stage of their academic careers. Students will learn how to write a statement of the problem, the status of the conversation, a methodology, an annotated bibliography, and abstracts for different purposes.