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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 431
Course Title: Senior Seminar
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Culminating course for graduation as an English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 425. Offered Spring.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 425

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.

Texts will consist of primary works covered by the proposed project as well as relevant secondary sources.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Write a substantial argumentative essay in the discipline of literary study as the Senior Seminar culminating project.
  2. Revise writing done for the Senior Seminar culminating project over the course of the semester.
  3. Analyze one or more primary texts in the Senior Seminar culminating project.
  4. Incorporate secondary, peer-reviewed research into the Senior Seminar culminating project.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of how to analyze literary works in multiple genres.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of literary history and the cultural contexts of literature.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Building on the detailed research proposal and annotated biography completed in English 425, students will write a minimum 16-page paper (about 4000 words) of argumentative literary analysis.  Data from this final assignment will be collected as an assessment measure for the English program.
  • The research proposal and annotated bibliography produced at the end of English 425 must be transformed into a viable first draft of the final project.
  • This paper will incorporate significant use of primary literary texts and a minimum of five peer-reviewed secondary sources of literary criticism.  
  • Composition of this paper needs to include multiple drafts that incorporate detailed feedback from the instructor for the revisions. 
  • The final paper must receive a grade of C or better, in order to pass the class.
  • At the end of the semester, students should present their papers to peers and faculty, in a manner appropriate to the venue in which the course is offered.
  • ENGL 431 is a vehicle for assessment. During this course, the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress and MFT may be administered.
  • Instructors may be asked to collect information from the assignments specified in the Major Topics/Skills section. This information will be provided to the English program for evaluation.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Peter Monacell Date: April 14, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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