Literature (LIT) Courses

LIT1020 Introduction to Literary Genres

This survey course prepares students to read, analyze and write about the major literary genres: poetry, fiction and drama. Students are exposed to a variety of forms and styles in each genre from a wide range of historical periods. Literary selections represent a diverse group of classic and contemporary writers, poets and playwrights. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT2030 African-American Literature

This course examines African-American literature in a variety of genres from its conception in the days of slavery to contemporary times. Emphasis is on the historical and social significance of major works of African-American literature as well as the unique artistic contributions of African-American authors to the American literature canon. Literary movements are examined in their historical, political, intellectual and social contexts through a number of contemporary theoretical perspectives.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English placement.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT2040 American Literature I

This course surveys American literature from its pre-Colonial origins through the mid-19th century. Literary movements are examined in their historical, political, intellectual and social contexts through a number of contemporary theoretical perspectives. Students engage with major issues, past and present, as constructed and revealed through literary texts. Students study representative authors, poets and playwrights working in a variety of forms, styles and genres. Special attention is paid to the formation of the American literary tradition.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English placement.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT2050 American Literature II

This course surveys American literature from Reconstruction to the present. Literary movements are examined in their historical, political, intellectual and social contexts through a number of contemporary theoretical perspectives. Students engage with major issues, past and present, as constructed and revealed through literary texts. Students study representative authors, poets and playwrights working in a variety of forms, styles and genres. Special attention is paid to the formation of the American literary tradition.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English placement.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT2070 Studies In The Short Story

This course prepares the student to read, analyze, and write about the short story from different critical perspectives. Students study representative authors and are exposed to a variety of forms and styles of the short story from a wide range of historical periods.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English placement.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT2090 Multi-Ethnic Literature

This course introduces students to fiction, autobiography, poetry, drama and many other forms of literature by writers from many racial and ethnic backgrounds including African American, Asian American, Latino, Chicano, American Indian and more. Emphasis is placed on the historical context in which the writings have evolved as well as the problems encountered by these various cultural groups as they intersect with American culture. Through reading the literature of many cultures and countries, students search for the common themes that unite humanity across the globe.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English placement.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT2140 British Literature Survey I

This course surveys British literature from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, Restoration and 18th century. Literary movements in their historical, political, intellectual and social contexts are explored through a number of contemporary theoretical perspectives. Students discuss major issues, past and present, as constructed and revealed through literary texts. Students study influential works from diverse authors such as Chaucer, Malory, Spenser, Shakespeare, Wroth, Bacon, Milton, Behn, Swift and Burney, among others, who present a range of views on gender, class, race, religion, politics and other controversial subjects.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English placement.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT2150 British Literature Survey II

This course surveys British literature from the Romantics through the Victorian, Modernist and Contemporary eras. Literary movements are examined in their historical, political, intellectual and social contexts through a number of contemporary theoretical perspectives. Students discuss major issues, past and present, as constructed and revealed through literary texts. Students study influential works from diverse authors such as Wordsworth, Austen, Keats, Kipling, Wilde, Gaskell, Dickens, Yeats, Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, Burgess, and Kinsella, among others, who present a range of views on gender, class, race, religion, politics and other controversial subjects.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1020 or ENG1024 or English placement.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT3001 Studies In Drama

This is an introductory course in the history of drama. Critical analyses of literary elements are conducted in the context of genres from the ancient Greeks to contemporary drama. Both written works and performances are examined and analyzed.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT3015 Food In Film And Literature

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the art forms of film and literature with a focus on food as its primary subject. The course focuses on the important books, essays, short stories, plays and films that have made major achievements in film and literature. Students develop the critical skills necessary to increase their understanding of the experience of film and literature.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT3018 Honors Seminar: Food in Film and Literature

This reading and writing-intensive Honors seminar will trace the use of food as both subject and metaphor in literature and film throughout the ages. The first half of the course examines the relationships between food and philosophy, food and politics and food and history as portrayed through a wide variety of literary and film genres. The second half of the course focuses on analytical comparisons of food-centered texts and their film adaptations. Through discussion of course readings & screenings students develop an analytical perspective on the study of food in film & literature that they apply to a research project of their own design.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1027, honors status, sophomore status.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT3030 Studies In Poetry

This course prepares the student to read, analyze, and write about poetry from different critical perspectives. Students study representative poets and are exposed to a variety of forms and techniques of poetry from the Middle Ages to the contemporary.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT3120 Masterpieces of World Literature

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the texts that have shaped and continue to shape the literary canon, starting with ancient texts dating from the earliest works of literature to major works from many historical periods and civilizations. Students read and think critically about literary works to examine them carefully. Close readings allow students to gain insight into the works in their cultural/historical contexts and of the enduring human values and conflicts that span various literary traditions.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT3180 The Graphic Novel

This course serves as an introduction to critical methods in popular culture studies, with a focus on the graphic novel as cultural product and practice. Students explore the role graphic design plays in storytelling, as well as the ways in which meanings emerge in several celebrated texts of the graphic novel genre. Through diverse theoretical perspectives, students explore notions of identity, character interaction, intertextuality, comic art and caricature within both fictional and autobiographical works.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT4010 Science Fiction

This course analyses the evolution of science fiction from its early origins to the present. Fantastic and futuristic elements of plot are examined as social commentary. A variety of styles in several genres include traditional science fiction, fantasy, horror and cyberpunk.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT4040 Shakespeare

This course presents an introduction to the world of William Shakespeare by examining the historical contexts of his work, his life and his theatre. Works read and analyzed during the course are representative of Shakespeare's achievements in history, tragedy, comedy and poetry. Students trace Shakespeare's continuing relevance and influence on modern art and thought.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT4800 Advanced Studies in a Major Literary Figure

This course engages students in the historical study of the works of a major figure as one of the most influential writers of their time as well as today. This course provides an overview of the author’s life and writing, in historical and literary contexts. Students engage in close readings of the author’s works to explore the central tensions of the author’s time and relate these works to current trends in culture and literature. Students also review scholarship and apply critical methods to make sense of the author’s aesthetic achievements and relationship to these trends.
Prerequisite(s): ENG1021 or ENG1027.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

LIT4900 Liberal Studies Capstone: The Great Conversation

This seminar draws on coursework from the Liberal Studies major and synthesizes it in the form of a research-based project on an original topic. Projects focus on substantive issues that explore the seminal works of Western civilization and the questions that they raise: Where did we come from? What does it mean to be free? What is justice? What is truth? What does it mean to be virtuous? Students explore substantive areas of scholarship and creative works throughout history encompassing philosophy, politics, science, religion, literature, film, music and the arts. Through problem-based learning, students develop the characteristics of self-reliant thinkers and learners and demonstrate their capacity to cultivate a rich intellectual experience.
Prerequisite(s): Senior status. (HY) (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours