ENGL 2123: Rhetoric of Visuals and Infographics

This new core course taught by Dr. Henschel and offered under Communication, Inquiry and Creativity, provides a theoretical and practical inquiry into visual rhetoric and infographics, the visual display of information.

ENGL 2133: Introduction to Creative Writing

This new course taught by Dr. John Schulze runs as both a multi-genre survey and a creative writing workshop. While the key effort for this course will be to introduce students to the art and craft of creative writing, we will also read and discuss numerous examples of poetry, nonfiction, drama, and fiction. These examples will provide models for structure and aesthetic appeal, and they will serve as potential points of inspiration for creative production. 

ENGL 4543: Film Narration—Tempest

This interdisciplinary course offered by Dr. Fields features six film adaptations of the same play, Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Students watch these films in class and discuss how each adaptation offers a different take on the play’s most important characters and themes. The differences offer unique points of departure for engaging the original story at a deeper level. For comparison purposes, Moffett Library will show movie versions of three Shakespeare plays other than The Tempest.

ENGL 4953/5953: Contemporary Literature

In Dr. Schulze's new course, students will read award-winning novels from internationally recognized authors who live or have lived in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Australia, and New Zealand. The texts will come from the latter half of the 20th century and the first few years of the 21st. This being the case, students will examine these novels through the critical lens that considers elements of postmodernism and what some term post-postmodernism. Furthermore, because all these countries have a relationship with the United Kingdom—as either former colonies or as part of the commonwealth—students will also explore the complicated issues of colonialism and post-colonialism in relation to the texts.

PHIL 2053: Environmental Philosophy

This new course will provide an introduction to the philosophy of nature and ethical issues pertaining to human beings' relationship to the Earth. Different conceptions of nature will be explored along with seminal texts that have shaped the field of environmental philosophy. A variety of pressing ethical issues will be discussed, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, and destruction of wildlife habitats. The course will be guided by the fundamental questions, "What is our relationship to nature, and what is our moral responsibility to the Earth's present and future inhabitants?"

HUMN 3073: Animals in Culture

Dr. Lodge will take an interdisciplinary approach to the cultural history of animals, which is part of the new and rapidly growing discipline of Animal Studies. Students will examine ways in which animals have been perceived in the West from antiquity to the present through a study of history, philosophy, literature, and the arts. Discussion questions include: How and why has our view of animals has changed over the centuries? What distinguishes humans from other animals? What ethical obligations do we have toward animals? How do different representations of animals relate to the historical, philosophical, and cultural backgrounds of different time periods?  

MWSU 4433: The Gilded Age

The term “Gilded Age” refers to a period in United States history from approximately 1870 to 1910. This era witnessed (1) rapid industrialization, urbanization, and economic growth fueled in large part by the second great wave of immigration; (2) significant and wide-ranging cultural, political, social, economic, and technological changes; (3) massive inequality in income and wealth; and (4) the proliferation of radical political ideas coupled with a burgeoning sense of revolutionary fervor among the working classes. This course examines the Gilded Age from three distinct but related vantages: the economic (Dr. John Martinez), the literary and cultural (Dr. Giles), and the political (Dr. Jun).

PHIL 2823: Philosophy of Sex, Love, and Friendship

Dr. Jun’s new course provides an introduction to the philosophy of sex, love, and friendship from both a theoretical and historical perspective. Particular topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, the existence and nature of love, the complexities of human sexuality, and the ideal and practical realities of friendship.