Featured Courses


This class has been cancelled for Spring 2018.

Instructor: Osvaldo Pardo

This course, which is taught in English, will introduce students to Latin American modern literature by exploring a wide variety of works by twentieth-century and contemporary male and female writers who expanded, renewed and questioned the possibilities of narrative forms and genres in an effort to redefine inherited notions of “realism.” Some of the topics to be discussed include the modernization and internationalization of Latin American literature; the changing relation between authors and the market; the politics of translation of Latin American literature; the place of literature in a global age, among others. The authors to be read and discussed include Jorge Luis Borges, Felisberto Hernández, Silvina Ocampo, Clarice Lispector, Mario Bellatin, and Samanta Schweblin, among others.

The course will be conducted as a seminar, which means that active and regular participation in class discussions is essential and expected.

CA 1, CA 4-Int.

ENGL 3207W-001: American Literature Since the Mid-Twentieth Century

Instructor: Clare Eby

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010, 1011, or 2011; open to sophomores or higher

Concentrating on fiction that breaks new ground (particularly in terms of narrative form and structure), this class begins with two classics from shortly after the middle of the 20th century: Sylvia Plath’s vivid and disturbing The Bell Jar, an acid-sharp examination of the position of women in midcentury America; and Thomas Pynchon’s wacky, conspiratorial, postmodern quest narrative, The Crying of Lot 49. We then move on to Art Spiegelman’s holocaust narrative and autobiography Maus (the text that, more than any other, established the graphic novel as a serious art form). Next, we sample texts from the 21st century. We will read at least one book of stunningly interlocking short stories, such as Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, which experiments with narrative form to pose questions about how technology changes social interactions, and/or Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, brilliant tales about immigrant families that attend closely to generational differences. We will probably read Gary Shteyngart’s satirical dystopia, Super Sad True Love Story, and definitely read the heartbreaking, multigenerational saga of exile, Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. There will be seven or so books total, plus some secondary readings. Because this is an honors course, requirements will be equivalent to what I assign in advanced studies (the 4000-level capstones for English majors): one short paper (5-6 pp.); one research paper (10-12 pp), which will be broken down into several preliminary stages, including an annotated bibliography; and a twenty-minute presentation on a scholarly text. The class will be discussion-based (with discussion a significant portion of the final grade); there will also be frequent quizzes.


ENGL 2407-007: The Short Story

Topic: Train Reading: Short Fiction Since 1945

Instructor: Kathy Knapp

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010, 1011, or 2011

This course will examine short fiction that originally appeared in The New Yorker and its role in reflecting, shaping, and educating the burgeoning middle class of the postwar years and resituating them in the contemporary era. By reading the stories of John Cheever, John Updike, Philip Roth, and J.D. Salinger among others, as well as that of contemporary writers such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Sherman Alexi, George Saunders, and Junot Diaz among others alongside cultural, historical, and literary criticism and essays, we will see how this fiction has helped readers of the Professional Managerial Class (PMC) form their identity as they came to “arrive” in the suburbs or transform the city by way of gentrification. Indeed, many of these stories wrestle with the ephemeral anxieties peculiar to their readers’ station in life: numbing conformity, debilitated manhood, marital woes, and perceived professional slights. Still others challenge readers to imaginatively engage in a rapidly changing and increasingly globalized world in ways both productive and problematic. These stories have alternately offered the middle class a glamorized version of themselves, exposed their weaknesses, preyed upon their fears, and both challenged and confirmed their assumptions concerning race, gender, class, and privilege. We will supplement our reading by sampling and discussing representations of the PMC in films, television, and advertising. This course should fulfill the objectives of a General Education course and an Honors course, which is to say it is designed to help you write and think more critically and deeply about the way that fiction interacts with our perceptions of ourselves and the larger world.

CA 1.

ENGL 1616W-001: Major Works of English and American Literature

Instructor: Margaret Breen

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010, 1011, or 2011

In this course we will engage a range of American and British literary works—from the Renaissance to the present—and in the process encounter such great writers such William Shakespeare, Charlotte Brontë, and Alice Walker. We will be reading across genres: poems, plays, short stories, essays, and at least one novel. We will explore how form and social context shape writers’ development of a theme or exploration of an idea, and begin to consider how a particular critical approach can direct our textual analysis. Three 5-6-page essays, as well as several short response pieces.

CA 1, W.

Legal Institutions and Social Change (Conversion opportunity)

Legal Institutions and Social Change: From Latin America to the United States by Way of Europe
LLAS 3998-001; SOCI 3998-001

Instructor: Ángel Oquendo

While this is not an Honors course, Prof. Oquendo welcomes Honors students of any major and would be happy to offer Honors conversions for interested students.

This course has as its foci the history of interdependency between legal institutions and social change, as well as the multiple bodies of law emergent in particular historical contexts. It deals, at a law-school level, with constitutional law, as well as with specific areas of private law, such as civil law, civil procedure, and business law, and considers how, since early Rome, legal institutions further social change. It first introduces the civil law tradition, as well as legal history, comparing the Latin American experience with that of the United States and Europe. The discussion, which maintains this comparative aim
throughout, then moves on to constitutional law: to the notion of constitutionalism, to basic principles, to the vindication of rights, and to second and third generation entitlements. Thereafter the emphasis shifts to civil law—i.e., civil codes, interpretation, combating codified sexism, and civil remedies—and to civil procedure—specifically to the attainment of legitimacy through procedure, to procedural guaranties, and to collective actions. The class closes with an exploration of corporate law. Students will become fully conversant with the principal legal concepts used by lawyers in the regions traversed.

Professor Oquendo is a George J. and Helen M. England Professor of Law at UConn School of Law. He has lectured and published extensively in five languages and is an authority worldwide on comparative law and international litigation. He graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

EDLR 3600: Education Policy and Reform (non-Honors)

Instructor: Shaun Dougherty

While this is not an Honors course, Prof. Dougherty welcomes Honors students of all levels and majors. 

This new course is an in-depth survey of educational policy and reform movements from the last century with applications in contemporary policy. It originated out of Prof. Dougherty’s UNIV 1784 section and will allow for greater depth of discussion than is possible in the one-credit version.

EPSY 3100: Introduction to Exceptionality – CANCELLED

This course has been cancelled for Fall 2017.

Instructor: Joseph Madaus

While this is not an Honors course, Prof. Madaus welcomes Honors students of all levels and majors and encourages Honors conversions. If you do not have sophomore standing or the PSYC 1100 prerequisite, email honors@uconn.edu for a permission number.

Introduces students to special education in American schools, including the variety of ways services are provided, the types of professionals working within special education, characteristics of different learners, and current issues in special education. It will be a 2000 level course next year, and as such is really designed for freshmen and sophomores who might have an interest in education.


MCB 2610-008L: Fundamentals of Microbiology

This course has been cancelled for Fall 2017.

Instructor: Kathleen Feldman

The laboratory portion of the course will meet once a week for 3 hours and focus on developing basic laboratory skills (including but not limited to, developing aseptic technique, culturing, and differentiation of bacteria). Additionally, students will work on a semester-long research project that they design and carryout. Students will also meet weekly for a 75-minute period to discuss and analyze current publications in microbiology research, as well as laboratory methodology and results related to their research projects performed in the lab. Students will write a final research paper based on their findings and will give an oral presentation of their project at the end of the semester.

CHEM 2441 or 2443 is a required pre- or co-requisite. BIOL 1107 is a recommended prerequisite.

EEB 3205: Current Issues in Environmental Science

Instructor: Chris Simon

There’s not just one future, there are Alternative Futures.

Focusing on current events… Interactions of humans and the environment, shifting baselines, tradeoffs, problem-solving, climate change, population growth, biodiversity, restoration, alternative energy, throwaway society, risk assessment, brave
new world, alternative futures.

Suitable for all majors and all class levels.