Blinn English courses offer a gateway to the classics

In addition to studying British and American Literature, students can channel their own inspiration with Blinn’s creative writing course

Literature

August 4, 2017

Blinn College students seeking to study the British and American literature classics – or to create classics of their own – can register for three upcoming courses this Fall.

ENGL 2322: Survey of British Literature I studies British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 18th Century. Students study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical, linguistic, and cultural contexts, and texts are selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. The course is available online and on the Bryan Campus, and students must have completed ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 to enroll.

In ENGL 2327: Survey of American Literature I, students study American literature from the period of American exploration and settlement through the Civil War. Students study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts, and material is selected for what it reflects and reveals about the evolving American experience and character.

Through the course, students meet early American luminaries such as John Smith, Anne Bradstreet, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Emily Dickinson.

“We essentially time travel,” Professor Lea Williamson said. “We go back to the early days of American history, and instead of learning about historical figures secondhand, we actually get to meet them, to hear them speaking through the writing of each era.”

The course is available online and on the Bryan Campus, and students must have completed ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 to enroll.

Students seeking their own creative outlet may choose to enroll in ENGL 2307: Creative Writing. This three-credit-hour course is designed to introduce students to the craft of writing short prose, and relies on close analysis of published fiction and peer workshops to foster original, publishable work.

In a feedback form from Cheryl Clements’ Spring semester Creative Writing course, one student wrote, “This has been the most encouraging professor I have ever had. I hope that I get another one like her at my next school.”

Creative Writing is available on the Bryan Campus. To register, students must have completed ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 or have approval of their department head.

Blinn’s academic transfer rate regularly ranks among the highest in the state and the nation. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Blinn’s academic transfer rate of 34.2 percent ranks second in the state and exceeds the statewide average of 21.1 percent.

THECB data shows that Blinn students who take 30 credit hours during the 2017-18 school year will save $3,717, approximately 42 percent, in tuition and fees compared to state residents at the average Texas public university.

Blinn’s Fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 28. To register, visit www.blinn.edu.

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