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Introduction to Children's Literature   (LIT-221)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Introduction to Children's Literature is a course designed for adults who care deeply about children and children's books. Recognizing the crucial role adults play in introducing children to the joys of literature, the course encourages and promotes sharing books with children, including infants. The course text, Through the Eyes of a Child, shares this perspective and provides a wealth of information about the history and diversity of children's literature.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Answer knowledge-based questions about the history and importance of children's literature.
  • Identify criteria for evaluating children's literature.
  • Evaluate a wide variety of books available today for children, from newborns to adolescents, according to stated criteria.
  • Recognize and describe the artistry in children's books.
  • Discuss issues surrounding children's literature.
  • Compose essays on various themes related to children's literature.

 
Children's Literature and Story Telling   (CDS-214)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
A study of the principles of selection, adaptation and the techniques of storytelling, book talks and book reviews. A survey of children's literature and the age appropriate use of various genre.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Discuss how the early childhood educator selects good and age-appropriate children's literature for the classroom.
  • Briefly considers the various genres and the defining elements of each.
  • Talk about the role of children's literature in promoting emergent literacy in early childhood education.
  • Indicate the role of parents/caregivers in terms of incorporating children's literature in the home environment.
  • Consider the role of multi-cultural literature in the classroom.
  • Discuss how literature has a cathartic element in the life of a child.
  • Briefly state how storytelling enhances the experience of literature in the classroom.

 
Comparative Literature II   (LIT-201)   3.00 s.h.  
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Continued study of the theory and methods of comparative literature: literature; the role of translation; and specific bibliographic tools. 
Folk Literature and Storytelling   (ENG-322)   3.00 s.h.  
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Folktale, ballad, and other forms of traditional literature; theories of origin and classification; motifs and adaptations of folk literature in works of the central tradition. 
Comparative Literature I   (LIT-200)   3.00 s.h.  
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Introduction to the theory and methods of comparative literature: its history, growth, and present status; its varied approaches to literature; the role of translation; and specific bibliographic tools. 
Advanced American Literature I   (LIT-301)   3.00 s.h.  
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This course is an in-depth study of early American literature. It begins with the study of Native American literature and the literature of the early explorers and settlers, and it ends with an examination of works that explore issues of race and freedom at the time of the American Civil War. The course involves analysis and synthesis of readings as well as a significant amount of writing. Students write a documented research paper as a Capstone project. 
German Literature II   (GRM-337)   3.00 s.h.  
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Survey of German literature from the Renaissance to the modern period; methods of literary interpretation; developmental approach to the principal epochs of German literature. 
German Literature I   (GRM-330)   3.00 s.h.  
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Survey of German literature from the classical period to the Renaissance ; methods of literary interpretation; developmental approach to the principal epochs of German literature. 
Analysis and Interpretation of Literature   (LIT-291)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
From the formal cadences of a Shakespearean sonnet to the echoes of everyday speech in the poems of Nikki Giovanni, literature records our purest emotions and our keenest observations. Literature both reflects and shapes our view of the world, spanning many cultures, time periods, and levels of learning. Students can embrace the great richness and diversity of literature through Analysis and Interpretation of Literature. This course incorporates both contemporary and traditional works in its selection of literary texts. It also places a strong emphasis on writing about literature, allowing you both to refine compositional techniques and to apply advanced literary analysis.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Apply essential literary terminology, including terms such as character, irony, point of view, symbol, tone, and theme.
  • Assess the ways that language, literature, and written expression bring meaning, understanding, and order to experience.
  • Interpret and analyze works of literature in terms of elements such as theme, imagery, setting, use of language, and character development.
  • Compare and contrast themes in different works of literature.
  • Compare the ways that different genres express meaning differently and draw conclusions about effective literary expression.

Available by CLEP exam.  
Nonwestern World Literature I   (LIT-460)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Non-Western Literature has been designed to help students gain familiarity with values and issues from non-Western cultures. The term Non-Western literature generally refers to writings by people in any culture or country except those of Western Europe, Ancient Greece, and the United States. Literature can immerse a reader in another's mind, allowing the reader to live a different life through the writer's imagination. The unfamiliar context of the non-Western writer may challenge a Western reader in this regard. The course will cover both post colonialism and feminist thought, examining each through non-Western eyes. At least one Western work will be introduced in each case, allowing students to contrast a typical Western point of view with the views and issues of non-Western cultures. A third major course topic is literature in translation. We are fortunate to be able to read works of literature that date back thousands of years, but few of us can read them in their original languages. This part of the course will look at issues concerning the translation of thoughts and ideas (specifically religious experiences) from one culture to another.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Examine typical Western ideas about non-Western cultures.
  • Analyze the issues and challenges of being "non-Western."
  • Apply postcolonial theory to the study of non-Western literature.
  • Assess how Western cultures are perceived by non-Western people.
  • Compare and contrast literature from the same non-Western culture in different eras.
  • Analyze gender issues in non-Western literature using postcolonial feminist theory.
  • Evaluate the effects of religious worldviews on non-Western literature.
  • Analyze and assess the effectiveness of literary forms and devices in non-Western literature for communicating universal ideas.

 
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