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Academic Foundations 003
African American and African Studies 014
American Studies 050
Ancient and Medieval Civilizations 060
Anthropology 070
Arabic 074
Art, Design, and Art History (080, 081, 082, 083, 085)
Asian Studies 098
Biological Sciences 120
Chemistry 160
Chinese 165
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 191
Computer Science 198
Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geology 460)
Economics 220
English (350 and 352)
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Minor in Creative Writing
Teacher Certification
Prerequisites for English Courses
Courses (English 350)
Courses (American Literature 352)
English: Composition and Writing 355
Environmental Sciences 375
Film Studies 380
French 420
Geoscience Engineering 465
Global Politics 487
Health Information Management 504
Health Sciences: Aging 499J
Health Sciences: Health Advocacy 499K
History (History 510, American 512)
Honors 525
Honors Living-Learning Community 526
Information Systems 548
International Affairs 551
Italian 560
Japanese 565
Journalism and Media Studies 086
Latin 580
Latin American Studies 590
Legal Studies 603
Linguistics 615
Mathematics 640
Medical Imaging Sciences 658
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 686
Music 087
Neuroscience 112
Peace and Conflict Studies 735
Philosophy 730
Physics 750
Political Science 790
Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 812
Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology 819
Psychology 830
Religious Studies 840
Russian 860
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
Spanish 940
Theater 088
Urban Education 300
Video Production 089
Women's and Gender Studies 988
Writing 989
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  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2016–2018 Liberal Arts Colleges Academic Programs and Courses English (350 and 352) Courses (American Literature 352)  

Courses (American Literature 352)

21:352:207 Writers at Newark I: Contemporary American Literature (3) Reading of at least four books from the Writers at Newark Reading Series, one book per event; attend four scheduled events in the reading series; and write four responses to the readings each semester. After checking in with the master of fine arts (M.F.A.) program coordinator before each reading at the Paul Robeson Gallery, students will attend the reading and email a short response to a teaching assistant in the M.F.A. program. Readings include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by a diverse group of nationally known writers.
21:352:208 Writers at Newark II: Contemporary American Literature (3) Reading of at least four books from the Writers at Newark Reading Series, one book per event; attend four scheduled events in the reading series; and write four responses to the readings each semester. After checking in with the master of fine arts (M.F.A.) program coordinator before each reading at the Paul Robeson Gallery, students will attend the reading and email a response to a teaching assistant in the M.F.A. program. Readings include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by a diverse group of nationally known writers.
21:352:209 Literature of New Jersey (3) Investigates New Jersey writing from the Revolutionary era to the present, looking at fiction, poetry, and memoirs and highlighting the theme of New Jersey myths.
21:352:211,212 Contemporary American Literature (3,3) These courses emphasize close reading and writing about contemporary American literature.  They focus upon novels and plays from the mid-1960s to recent times while aiming to provide students with a solid foundation for interpretation and literary analysis.  Playwrights include Sam Shepard and Christopher Durang; fiction writers include Khalid Hosseini, Ursula LeGuin, Kurt Vonnegut, Jerzy Kosinski, and Amy Tan.
21:352:213,214 American Literature of the 19th Century (3,3) Studies in two or more related authors; emphasis on Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Hawthorne, or Melville in the first semester and on Whitman, Twain, James, or Dickinson in the second semester.
21:352:225 Literature of Social Protest (3) The readings are works of social protest emerging from a number of key moments in U.S. history: pre-Civil War abolitionism, late 19th- and early 20th-century industrialization; the Great Depression; the antiwar, antiracist, and feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s; and present-day movements against mass incarceration and neoliberalism. The readings include both literary and historical/political texts. Students will be asked to examine their own experience within larger social structures and the role played by literature and art in challenging or legitimating these social structures. Cultivation of the individual student's critical awareness, far more than the formation of a particular political or ethical outlook, is the principal goal of the course.
21:352:230 Race, Nation, and Borders in American Literature (3) This course studies literary texts of the diasporic, native, and immigrant groups within and beyond the borders of the United States. How do Amerindian, African American, Asian American, Latina/o, and other literary traditions respond to the racial procedures of the United States?  How has racism changed over time, and how does it relate to the categories of class and sex? Readings are divided into four units that evoke cultural and historical processes of the United States and the Americas: colonization, revolution, citizenship, and language.
21:352:250 Literature of the American Revolution (3) The American Revolution was partly a war of words. This course looks at some of the classic and not-so-classic texts of the Revolution and its aftermath. The classic texts include The Declaration, The Constitution, Common Sense, and The Federalist Papers. The lesser-known texts include journalism, sermons, poetry, a play, and a novel. The course's central theme is argument, and the focus is upon antagonisms among Americans.
21:352:300,301 American Poetry (3,3) American poetry and its backgrounds, critical standards, and techniques from the 17th century to the present.
21:352:324 Latino/a Literature and Culture (3) Examines representative texts by Latino/a authors from the colonial period through the present, which reveal the perspectives of Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South, and Central American migrant writers. Considers a variety of genres and formats including chronicles, essays, fiction, oratory, journalism, performance art, film, and music. Themes include: migration, assimilation, and dislocation; working conditions and labor struggles; colonization; language loss and translation; cultural hybridity and mestizaje; and gender, sexuality, color, class, nationality, and transnationality in Latino/a texts. Students may engage in group research into Latino/a cultures of New York and New Jersey.
21:352:325 Survey of American Literature to 1860 (3) The course surveys poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from the colonial period to the Civil War.  It  stresses the variety and vitality of the country's early literature while placing works into historical and cultural contexts.  
21:352:326 Survey of American Literature After 1860 (3) Surveys American literature from the period of the Civil War through modern times, putting most emphasis on works of the 20th century.  Because this is a period of enormous and richly varied literary activity, it is nearly impossible to "cover," and each version of the course will therefore reflect the perspective and preferences of its individual instructor.
21:352:333 American Drama (3) A survey of American plays in their historical context from early melodramas, romances, and comedies through the modern realistic and expressionistic work of O'Neill, Odets, Anderson, Hellman, Miller, Williams, Albee, Baraka, and others.
21:352:340 Asian-American Literature (3) The course introduces poetry, fiction, and memoirs by writers from diverse Asian-American communities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
21:352:343,344 American Literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries (3,3) Major fiction, poetry, and other writing by Dreiser, Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Eliot, O'Neill, Dos Passos, Frost, Faulkner, or other recent American authors.
21:352:348,349 Representations of Race in American Literature (3,3) First semester: poetry, short fiction, autobiographies, and novels from the 19th to mid-20th centuries; second semester: texts from the 20th century. Texts by African-American, Native American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Jewish-American, and other "minority" or immigrant writers; emphasis on social, historical, and political contexts; and social construction of "race" and ethnicity.
21:352:350 The Vietnam War and American Literature (3) Interdisciplinary course exploring the interrelations between the U.S. war in Vietnam and American culture--before, during, and after. Students study fiction, poetry, autobiography, documentary films, and primary documents, including treaties, previously classified reports, and internal analyses written by the decision makers.
21:352:351 Crime and Punishment in American Literature (3) Crime and punishment in representative and influential works of American literature from the mid-19th century to the present.
21:352:361 Studies in American Authors of the 19th Century (3) Not a survey, this course looks at the writing of a few 19th-century American authors in some detail--and from a particular critical perspective.
21:352:362 Studies in Modern American Authors (3) This course looks at the writing of a small number of modern American authors in some detail and in relation to one another.
21:352:363,364 The Novel in America (3,3) First semester: novels of the 19th and early 20th centuries; second semester: novels of the 20th and 21st centuries. A diverse range of American novels by both canonical and noncanonical writers; emphasis on the social and historical contexts of fictional conventions.
21:352:368,369 Special Topics in American Literature (3,3) Topics change from year to year; specific topic noted in the Schedule of Classes.
21:352:376 Modern American Poetry (3) Poetry from the imagist revolt of the 1920s to the present: Frost, Stevens, Williams, Moore, Roethke, Lowell, Plath, Cummings, Sexton, and others.
21:352:395 African-American Literature to 1900 (3) Poetry and prose of African and African-American writers prior to the 20th century, with an emphasis upon slave narratives and the literature of abolitionism.
21:352:396 African-American Literature After 1900 (3) This course surveys modern writing by African-Americans with an emphasis upon the Harlem Renaissance.
21:352:397 Honors Topics in American Literature (3)
21:352:408 Perspectives on American Modernity (3) Examines late 19th- and early 20th-century reflections on American modernity and its accompanying literary innovations. Drawing on scholarly discussions of modernity, imperialism, exile, postcolonial, and comparative American studies, we read literature that grapples with the historical conditions of migration, postreconstruction racial discourses, industrialization, and expansionism. In addition to relevant theoretical readings, readings may be drawn from a wide range of American writers including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, José Martí, Frederick Douglass, Wong Chin Foo, Helen Hunt Jackson, Stephen Crane, W.E.B. DuBois, Zitkala-sa, Sui Sin Far, and C.L.R. James. Prerequisite: 21:350:308.
21:352:415 Seminar in 19th-Century American Literature (3) Seminar for majors; the specific topic varies from semester to semester.  See Schedule of Classes.
Prerequisite: 21:350:308.
21:352:416 Seminar in 20th-Century American Literature (3) Seminar for majors and minors; the specific topic varies from semester to semester. See Schedule of Classes.
Prerequisite: 21:350:308 or permission of instructor.
21:352:420 Recent Trends in American Fiction (3) American fiction from 1930 to the present.
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