What do painting, literature, film, and music have in common? They are all art forms with skills and techniques that can be learned and improved through the process of creation. This class focuses on analyzing the foundational tools and elements of these art forms as a bridge to learning about the art and craft of writing. Incoming students get the opportunity to unleash their inner writers and take part in the act of creating various media. Through the observation, exploration and creation of a wide variety of written and visual media, students become nuanced readers and savvy writers.
Why do humans create, reenact, and share stories? What do our stories reveal about our species and its accomplishments and failures? What draws us to certain characters and repels us from others? In this class, students will take on the roles of cultural anthropologist, mythographer, philosopher, and activist to investigate and discover what it is to be human. Approaching literature from multiple perspectives and with different goals in mind, students will discover how humans have used storytelling to construct and shape their own ideas of humanity. Find out what makes us a monstrous and heroic species through investigative studies of myths, plays, epics, narratives, and film showcasing Eastern and Western storytelling traditions.
What is the importance of studying our roots and our heritage? Does history really repeat itself? Why do humans keep records? In this class, students will take on the roles of researchers, analysts, storytellers, and journalists to uncover what secrets lie in the writings developed about the United States. Students will interact with literature from numerous eras and time periods throughout American history in order to better grasp what is most significant about being an American and embracing our culture. Discover what makes us a proud and patriotic people through interactions with plays, poems, narratives, novels, diaries, films, and non-fiction accounts highlighting the human perspective of American history.
Why does literature impact each person differently? What can we really learn from the world around us? Why is it important to understand how components of the world are all connected? In this class, students will take on the roles of investigators, philosophers, and critics to reveal how literature impacts us as individuals and ties us to our communities. Students will dissect and magnify what they read and write in order to better understand society and the ways each of us fits into it distinctly. We will discern how literature connects many facets of the world through exploratory studies of novels, plays, articles, research, poetry, and essays exhibiting numerous genres and ideologies to explore what we really believe to be the truth.