Cool Summer Online Courses in English

Check out great selection of online English classes this summer!

Summer Session I: Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, June 29, 2018

ENGL 3122 Irish Literature in English since 1939 Rachael Lynch Online
ENGL 3213 Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century African American Literature Shawn Salvant Online

Alternate Summer I: Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, July 6, 2018

ENGL 1012W Business Writing I Trudi Bird Online
ENGL 2049W Writing through Research Ellen Carillo Online
ENGL 2407 The Short Story Ellen Litman Online
ENGL 3623 Studies in Literature & Culture: Science Fiction Leigh Grossman Online

Summer Session II: Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 10, 2018

ENGL 1616 Major Works of English and American Literature John Reynolds Online
ENGL 2401 Poetry Greg Kneidel Online

Alternate Summer II: Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 17, 2018

ENGL 1012W Business Writing I Trudi Bird Online
ENGL 3503 Shakespeare I Reme Bohlin Online

Detailed Class Descriptions

Course Title Description
ENGL 1012W Business Writing I The course provides an introduction to the rhetorical and genre conventions of business writing. The course is designed for those who want to improve the skills required for writing effectively on the job. It is conducted fully on line through HuskyCT and is asynchronous. Students must be comfortable and competent with the HuskyCT learning tool and may complete all assignments on their own schedule, as long as they are completed on time. Students are required to purchase and make regular use of the one required hard copy text book, Alred, Gerald J. et al. The Business Writer’s Handbook (11th ed) from Bedford/St Martins, 2015.
ENGL 1616 Major Works of English and American Literature From the early stories of Jonah and The Odyssey to the contemporary novels of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey Maturin series, the sea story has been one of the most enduring and popular genres in literature. What is it that makes for the sea story’s broad and lasting appeal? Why does the sea captivate so deeply the human heart and mind? Herman Melville suggests that “meditation and water are wedded forever,” that “there is magic in it.” Undoubtedly, the sea provides a vast and formidable stage upon which the dramas of self discovery and social conflict can be imagined. In this course, we will explore some of the major works in English and American drama, fiction, and poetry that focus on the human relationship to the sea and sea voyages; and, perhaps, through our investigation of these important authors and their works, we will come to understand more fully and clearly our human fascination with “the watery part of the world” (Melville). We will consider Samuel Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Herman Melville’s, Benitio Cereno, Jack London’s The Sea Wolf, Sara Orne Jewett’s The Country of Pointed Firs and Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Course work will include discussion, a weekly journal, quizzes and a brief analytical essay.
ENGL 2049W Writing through Research Writing Through Research is intended for students in all majors and fulfills one of the W requirements at the University of Connecticut. The first part of the course is devoted to working together as a class on a research project on the subject of technology in order to practice the elements of research, including how to develop a research question, find sources to guide this exploration, engage sources, develop a first draft, and revise this draft. The rest of the course is devoted to applying this methodology. Students will develop and explore an individual research question relevant to them, which will culminate in a large scale research paper.
ENGL 2401 Poetry A study of poetic forms, techniques, and conventions, with poem from across the Anglo American tradition. Focus on analysis and commentary, chiefly in the form of short writing assignments, but with a handful of creative assignments, quizzes, and a longer book review as well. Open to students from any major. Fulfills Gen Ed CA1. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.
ENGL 2407 The Short Story This course is an introduction to the short story genre. Students will read a wide variety of short stories, both classical and contemporary, ranging in style from realism to postmodernism to magic realism, and representing the best of the genre from around the world. Coursework will involve active online discussions, journal posts, quizzes, assignments, and an online presentation.
ENGL 3122 Irish Literature in English since 1939 Fiction, Drama, and poetry by such writers as Beckett, O’Brien, Friel, Heaney, Doyle, Carr, McCabe, Toibin, and McDonagh. Our survey will run from mid-twentieth century to the present day, with a strong emphasis on very recent writing. We will study themes and subjects such as colonialism, religion, violence, martyrdom, exile, and the role of the Irish woman in her culture. Readings will be situated in the context of Irish history, geography, politics, and culture.
ENGL 3213 Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century African American Literature A course in eighteenth and nineteenth century African American literature. Students will become familiar with the development of African American literary history and the recurring themes of the period. We will read through a selection of texts including slave narratives and post Reconstruction era fiction. We will discuss the literary and cultural significance of each text and author. We will also track the forces shaping this period of African American literature, historical and political movements (slavery, emancipation, reconstruction), modes of expression and production (literacy and orality, authentication), and literary forms (imagery, symbolism, narrative, genre, style). Grade will be based on regular assignments, short writing assignments, quizzes, journal entries, discussion boards, close reading and annotation assignments, short essays.
ENGL 3503 Shakespeare I The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good. After years of studying Shakespeare, I still marvel at how good he really is. My major goal in this introductory class is simply to share some of the things I’ve learned about his plays over the years, and to explore with you the reasons why his artistry continues to influence and move us now, 400 years after his death. My more technical goal is to instill appreciation and understanding of the following: the major Shakespearean dramatic genres, comedy, tragedy, and history; the chief characteristics of Shakespeare’s dramatic style: systematic indeterminacy, pervasive metatheatricality, and dialectical structuring; the basic terms and devices of Shakespearean drama, including soliloquy, aside, play within the play, and exposition; the major characters, such as Hamlet, Macbeth, and Juliet; and the major dramatic themes, including nature vs. nurture, fate and freewill, and sacred and profane love. For this six
ENGL 3623 Studies in Literature & Culture: Science Fiction This fully online course traces major themes and concepts in science fiction from the Golden Age writers of the 1930s, through the New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s, to the present day. You will read works by Isaac Asimov, Octavia Butler, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Samuel Delany, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula Le Guin, and other seminal writers—some still well known and some almost forgotten—and learn about their impact on the field.