Spring Courses

View the individual course descriptions of all sections of Expository Writing on our course descriptions page.

Spring 2020 Courses

060.100 (H) (W) Introduction to Expository Writing

(3) Limit 10 per section.

Introduction to “Expos” is designed to introduce less experienced writers to the elements of academic argument. Students learn to recognize “The Fundamental Structure of Academic Argument” as they learn to read and summarize academic essays, and then they apply the fundamental structure in academic essays of their own. Classes are small, no more than 10 students, and are organized around three major writing assignments. Each course guides students’ practice through pre-writing, drafting, and revising, and includes discussions, workshops, and tutorials with the instructor. In addition to its central focus on the elements of academic argument, each “Intro” course teaches students to avoid plagiarism and document sources correctly. “Intro” courses do not specialize in a particular topic or theme and are available to freshmen only.

Section Day/Time Instructor Title
01 MW 1:30-2:45 Evans Introduction to Expository Writing
02 TTH 9:00-10:15 Brodsky Introduction to Expository Writing
03 TTH 10:30-2:45 Brodsky Introduction to Expository Writing

060.114 (H) (W) Expository Writing

(3) Limit 15 per section.

“Expos” is designed to introduce more confident student writers to the elements of academic argument. Students learn to apply “The Fundamental Structure of Academic Argument” in academic essays of their own.  Classes are capped at 15 students and organized around three major essay assignments. Each course guides students’ practice through pre-writing, drafting, and revising, and includes discussions, workshops, and tutorials with the instructor. In addition to its central focus on the elements of academic argument, each “Expos” course teaches students to document sources correctly and provides its own topic or theme to engage students’ writing and thinking. Please see the following list of individual course descriptions to decide which sections of “Expos” will most interest you. “Expos” courses are available to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, and to seniors by special permission.

Section Day/Time Instructor Title
01 MWF 10:00-10:50 Flowers Medicine, East and West
02 MWF 10:00-10:50 Robinson Science Fiction and Social Justice
03 MWF 11:00-11:50 Bahl Negotiating Religious Difference
04 MW 12:00-1:15 Wilbanks Vaccines, Science, and Values
05 MW 12:00-1:15 Oppel Politics and Violence
06 MW 12:00-1:15 Speller Inequality and Urban Design
07 MW 1:30-2:45 Oppel Politics and Violence
08 MW 1:30-2:45 Koullas Exploring the Philosophy of Love
09 MW 1:30-2:45 Wilbanks Vaccines, Science, and Values
10 MW 3:00-4:15 Asuni Emotion(s)
11 TTH 9:00-10:15 Daniels Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Middle Ages
12 TTH 9:00-10:15 Matthews The Language of Food
13 TTH 9:00-10:15 McClurkin Mourning and Memory
14 TTH 10:30-11:45 Young The Rhetoric of Radical Speech
15 TTH 10:30-11:45 Berger Contemporary American Short Stories
16 TTH 10:30-11:45 Albert The Age of Collapse?
17 TTH 12:00-1:15 O’Connor Violence and Macbeth
18 TTH 12:00-1:15 Cram Tarantino
19 TTH 12:00-1:15 Brophy Personal Identity and Survival
20 TTH 1:30-2:45 O’Connor Violence and Macbeth
21 TTH 1:30-2:45 Andonovski What Is Mental Illness?
22 TTH 1:30-2:45 Estrada The End of Moral Responsibility
23 TTH 3:00-4:15 Keene Witchcraft

View the individual course descriptions of all the sections of Expository Writing on our course descriptions page.

060.139 (H) (W) The Narrative Essay

(3) Limit 12 per section.

Telling stories is one of the first and most important ways that human beings try to make sense of the world and their experience of it. The narrative art informs fiction and nonfiction alike, is central to the writing of history, anthropology, crime reports and laboratory reports, sports stories and political documentaries. What happened? The answer may be imagined or factual, but it will almost certainly be narrative. This course focuses on the narrative essay, a nonfiction prose form that answers the question of “what happened” in a variety of contexts and aims to make sense not only of what happened but how and why. We will begin by summarizing narrative essays, will move to analyzing them, and in the second half of the course you will write two narrative essays of your own, the first based on a choice of topics and sources, the second of your own design. Authors may include James Baldwin, Frederick Douglass, Chang Rae Lee, Danielle Ofri, George Orwell, Richard Selzer, John Updike, and Abraham Verghese. You will learn the power of narrative to inform and persuade as you test that power in your own writing.

060.155 (H) (W) Introduction To The Research Paper

(3) Limit 10 per section.

“Introduction to the Research Paper” is designed to introduce more experienced student writers to the fundamental skills of the research process. These include asking research questions, evaluating the usefulness of sources to answer them, synthesizing sources, reading sources critically, and developing arguments that deliver an original thesis. Students will work with a research librarian at the Eisenhower Library, with whom they will learn to navigate traditional databases as well as new media sources. The Research Paper is topic-based and divided into three linked units of instruction. The course culminates with a paper of 10-12 pages that draws upon the cumulative skills of the semester. Each course is capped at ten students and available only to those who have taken “Expository Writing” (060.113/114).

Section Day/Time Instructor Title
01 TTH 12:00-1:15 Watters Controversies in Adolescence
02 TTH 1:30-2:45 Watters Controversies in Adolescence