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Administrative Unit: Humanities 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. This course is designed similarly to a graduate-level seminar. The student is required to produce a portfolio and essay project arranged in conjunction with one or more of the English faculty. Prerequisites: 68 semester hours, C average in English courses.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): 68 semester hours, C average in English courses.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Texts will consist of primary works covered by the proposed project as well as relevant secondary sources.

Course Objectives
  • To demonstrate scholarly and critical skills at or near the level of achievement expected of entry-level graduate students in literature or creative writing.
    Measurable Learning

    • Demonstrate critical writing skills at a level sufficient to show mastery of basic critical and theoretical concerns in the English discipline. • Recognize the terminology of major schools of literary criticism. • Demonstrate mastery of canonical literature in multiple genres. • Demonstrate advanced revisionary capabilities. • Demonstrate complete mastery of MLA citation and research methodology.

    Topical Outline: ENGL 431 is a vehicle for assessment. During this course, the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress and MFT will be administered. The results of these tests are used by faculty to improve the curriculum at the College.

  • Student definition of project (in consultation with faculty) covering at least two major areas of inquiry, those being either two traditional historical periods or one period and one theoretical school/body of work.
  • Student creation of final portfolio that receives grade of C or better.
  • Selection (in consultation with faculty) of primary texts and relevant research materials that adequately reflect or address a theme, methodology, or other approach directly relevant to the topic.
  • Conducting research. Student will read the scholarship in the field and create an annotated bibliography that receives a grade of C or better.
  • Composition of a 20-page research paper, which will incorporate original and secondary insights and include a bibliography of at least 15 sources in MLA format. This final project must receive a grade of C or better.

    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Danny Campbell Date: April 2, 2008
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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