Fall 2017 400-Level Courses

ENG 415, Capstone in Professional Writing/IMS 330, Interactive Media Studies Practicum – Data Visualization
TR 2:50-4:10PM | Dr. James Porter

This client-based capstone course focuses on making effective, well-designed data visualizations and data reports for clients. Data visualizations refer to charts, graphs, diagrams, tables, diagrams, or infographics—whether static or animated—that provide information, make an argument, or tell a story. A data report is a short informative report based on one or several data visualizations.

This capstone class will work as an integrated team to produce data visualizations and reports that our client/s can use for informational or marketing purposes. The client/s will provide us with the raw data or information (say, in an Excel spreadsheet), and the class will generate professional, publication-ready charts, tables, infographics, and reports for client’s use.


ENG 440X Major Authors: James Baldwin and the American Moment 
MW 1:15-2:35PM | 
Dr. Stefanie Dunning

This course covers many of the major works by African American author James Baldwin and also considers other authors whose writing is shaped by Baldwin's oeuvre.This course will serve not only to familiarize students with James Baldwin's body of work, but will also help them engage questions about the intersectional nature of oppression and provide them with a rich historical context for understanding contemporary movements.  

ENG 495B Capstone in Literature | The Afterlife of Hamlet and Ophelia
TR 11:40AM-1:00PM | Dr. Kaara Peterson 

Why are Hamlet and Ophelia such compelling characters for scholars, writers, playwrights, and artists? Why is Hamlet so interesting to psychoanalytic critics? Is Ophelia simply a screen upon which popular culture as well as feminism refracts its concerns and interests? Taking up two of the most recognizable characters to transcend their origins in the Western canon, our course will first re-embed Hamlet and Ophelia within the different Quarto/Folio versions of Hamlet and the contextualizing source materials that inspired Shakespeare’s creation of his characters in Saxo Grammaticus’ Historiae Danicae and Amleth, Belleforest’s Hamblet, and Senecan revenge tragedy.

We then turn to examining the cultural history of the play, examining the way it has been the subject of critical, literary, and artistic re-interpretation for over 400 years, from Freud and Charcot to Showalter; Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery to Millais and the Pre-Raphaelites; Thomas's opera to Tchaikovsky; films from Olivier to Almereyda; The Two Noble Kinsmen to Hamletmachine and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; and the "to be or not to be" speech— as performed on Gilligan's Island!

Along with an analytical final paper, students’ final capstone projects will culminate in a new representation of the character(s) informed by aspects of the course material, in any media – students might write a new play or novella, paint an artwork, develop a performance piece or film scenes, construct a sculpture, etc. During our last week of classes, we’ll exhibit and discuss these projects.

As a special part of our capstone, plans are underway for a field trip to the Folger Shakespeare Library's famous Hamlet collections in Washington, DC.

Note: This capstone satisfies the literature of early periods distribution requirement 


ENG 495R Capstone in Rhetoric and Writing
TR 11:40AM-1:00PM
Dr. Emily Legg

(description coming soon!)