Course descriptions for undergraduate courses can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Course descriptions for graduate courses can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

The current list of Summer 2015 courses can be found here.

Sample Special Topics Courses:

EN 299D Intro to Science FictionDumbbellNebulaUBVRMcGaugh

Intro to Science Fiction will examine a subgenre within the novel from European and American literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries. From its beginnings, sci fi has touched aspects of the arrangement of human societies, sciences (obviously), ethics, philosophy, and religion; its interdisciplinary aspects are numerous. Students will read assigned texts closely and critically, to understand them in their historical contexts, to think deeply, and to express their ideas in writing. These skills will enable students to appreciate the depth of the imaginations of the authors studied while simultaneously stimulating their own.

Required Texts: 
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898)
Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars (1917)
Karel Capek, R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) (1920)
In addition to these texts the course will also examine the works of scientists Giovanni Schiaparelli and Percival Lowell and their (unwitting) contributions to modern Mars myths, and the aesthetic movement known as Steampunk which is inspired by the sensibilities of the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. The course will also include lecture, viewing and discussion of the early science fiction films Le Voyage dans la Lune by Georges Méliès (1902) and Die Frau im Mond by Fritz Lang (1928). Finally, the class will learn about and listen to audio of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio play of The War of the Worlds.