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Course Descriptions

Barbara KrugerLCST 201. Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
(GER 5) Fall and Spring (3, 3)
Introductory-level course examining how literature and other forms of artistic expression (e.g., film and music) reflect, shape and contest cultural values.

275W. University Seminar
Fall and Spring (4)
A reading-, writing-, and discussion-intensive seminar. Topics vary by semester and by instructor. Restricted to transfer students and co-enrolled students. Students receiving a grade of "C-" or better in the seminar will have satisfied the lower-division writing requirement. This course does not fulfill the Freshman Seminar requirement.

301. History and Theory of Cultural Studies
Fall (3)
Premised on the notion that methods of literary analysis can be used to "read" cultural texts associated with popular or mass culture, this course surveys the critical methodologies associated with cultural studies and traces the history of the field.

302. Theories of Visual Culture
Spring (3)
This course introduces the discipline of visual culture studies by exploring how reality has been reproduced and transmitted (in print, film and television) since the ascendancy of photography. Topics might include soap opera, advertising, pornography, melodrama, fashion and slasher films.

351. Special Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies
Fall and Spring (1-4, 1-4)
Exploration of a particular topic in Literary and Cultural Studies. This course may be repeated for credit.

401. Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies
Fall and Spring (3-4, 3-4)
Study in depth of a specialized topic in Literary and Cultural Studies. This course may be repeated for credit.

481. Independent Study
Fall and Spring (1-3, 1-3)
A tutorial on a topic agreed upon by the student and instructor and approved in advance by the Program Director. Open only to majors. No more than six hours of Independent Study can be counted toward the major.

495-496. Honors
Fall, Spring (3, 3)
Each candidate for Honors in Literary and Cultural Studies will be responsible for: (a) formulation of a program of study with a faculty advisor (preferably by the end of their junior year); (b) completion of an original scholarly essay or creative work two weeks before the last day of classes of the semester in which the work is being completed; and (c) satisfactory performance in a comprehensive oral examination that focuses on the subject matter of the Honors project. Permission of the Program Director is required. For College provisions governing the Admission to Honors, see catalog section titled Honors and Special Programs.

See also:  Course descriptions in Film Studies