Humanities and Media Studies Summer Core and Elective Courses


HMS-101A-03: Literary and Critical Studies I

Summer Term I / ONLINE / GenEd Core Required Course
T, Th, 2pm-4:20pm
3 credits

This class serves as an introduction to reading and writing about literary texts and critical theory, with a concentration on composition, critical analysis, and research. Students are required to write essays based on the critical analysis of texts across a range of genres. Emphasis is placed on using writing as an extension of the thought and creative process, and as a tool that can be integrated across academic and artistic disciplines. There will be a focus on mastering the elements of the thesis-centered essay and developing research skills.

HMS-201A: Literary and Critical Studies II

Summer Term I GenEd Core Required Course
Section 01—Prof. Kathryn Cullen-DuPont, M, W, 2:30pm – 4:50pm / ONLINE
Section 02—M, W, 5p-7:20pm / IN PERSON
Section 03—T, Th, 5pm-7:20pm / ONLINE
3 credits

While students continue to deepen and refine the critical thinking and writing skills required in 101A, emphasis is places on exploring literary and visual texts in historical and cultural contexts and in their myriad relations to critical theory. Students will also continue to develop and refine a writing style characterized by coherency, clarity of expression, analytical rigor, and personal style. The course will culminate in an independent research project that helps to point students toward their further focused studies.

HMS-300B-01: The Literature of Popular Culture

Summer Term II / ONLINE / GenEd Post-Core Elective
Professor Sacha Frey; M, W, Th, 2pm-4:50pm
3 credits 

This course investigates how works of the 20th Century literary sub-genres of science, western, romance, horror and detective fiction reflect in their familiar stylistic conventions popular national myths, gender stereotypes and other prevailing social and political perspectives.

HMS-320A-01: Poetry Writing

Summer Term I / HYBRID / GenEd Post-Core Elective
Professor Jean-Paul Pecqueur; T, Th 2-4:50pm
3 credits

This section of Creative Writing introduces students to poetry writing as process and practice. Students will explore imaginative composition through directed exercises in writing poetry and poetic prose. These exercises will be supported by the close reading and analysis of short works by a variety of authors. Completed exercises will be presented to classmates for constructive comment.

HMS-440E: Poetics of Cinema

Summer Term II / GenEd Post-Core Elective
Section 01: Professor Amy Guggenheim; M, W, Th 12:00pm-2:50pm / ONLINE
Section 02: Professor Amy Guggenheim; M 4-8:50pm, W 4-7:50pm / HYBRID
3 credits 

This course investigates relationships between image and narrative in cinema. Weekly creative assignments—informed by close readings of film excerpts and text—will culminate in the design of a short, poetic film project. We will view visionary work by innovative filmmakers, and engage in close reading, followed by active discussion, to deepen our understanding of artistic choices-- in the use of metaphor, point of view, association, montage, image/action, frame, composition, time, space, kinetics, transformation, multiple perspectives, reflexivity, gesture and the body, non-linear narrative, amongst others—in the act of visual storytelling central to the cinematic enterprise.

HMS-460S-01: Deep Listening

Summer Term II / HYBRID / GenEd Post-Core Elective
Professor Julia Steinmetz; M, W, F, 9am-11:50am
3 credits

Originally developed by composer Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening is a practice of “listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing.” This practice leads to an extended consideration of the involuntary process of hearing contrasted with the voluntary, selective act of listening. How do we perform listening? What is the performativity of the act of listening? This course will engage practices of sonic meditation, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life (nature, one’s own thoughts, dreams) and listening to listening itself. In parallel, we will explore theories of listening emerging from music, psychoanalysis, and sound studies and apply Deep Listening as a Performance Studies methodology. 

WAC-495A: Studio Writing I

Summer Term II / ONLINE
Tuesdays 5:30pm – 8:2opm
1 credit

This one-credit course, required in the spring of junior year, will sharpen students' capacities in art-critical thinking and writing, both analytical and creative, in preparation for senior thesis and future professional practices. The Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series and the students' own studio work will serve as the vehicles for research, discussion, and writing in the course. Instruction will take place during 15 classroom hours and in the students' studios.

WAC-495B: Studio Writing II

Summer Term II / ONLINE
Tuesdays 5:30pm – 8:2opm
1 credit

This one-credit course, required in the fall of senior year, applies the skills learned in studio writing I to fuller examination and articulation of the ideas and contexts that drive the student's own work and practice. Students will continue to engage in related critical research and to sharpen their capacities in art-critical thinking and writing, both analytical and creative, in preparation for senior thesis and future professional practices. Instruction will take place during 15 classroom hours and in the students' studios.

WAC-495C: Studio Writing III

Summer Term II / ONLINE
Tuesdays 5:30pm – 8:2opm
1 credit

This final one credit course in the Studio Writing sequence is focused on the development of the thesis statement that is required as a corollary to the senior thesis exhibition. Instruction will take place during 15 classroom hours and in the students' studio.