Fall 2024 Featured Courses

ENGL 1007: Seminar and Studio in Writing and Multimodal Composition

[UConn Storrs]

Honors ENGL 1007 recognizes that Honors students are often expected to write more and differently than other UConn students. There are additional opportunities for connection to your own major(s) and greater emphasis on the roles of inquiry and discovery in the humanities. Finally, the Honors sections will culminate with a public celebration of student work.

Two sections of Honors ENGL 1007 will be offered in Fall 2024, each with its own focus:

ENGL 1007-001 (MW 10:10 AM – 12:05 PM)

During this course, we will consider the ways in which people use stories to think through complex moral problems. We will examine a variety of texts (short stories, academic articles, podcasts, videos, songs, etc.) in order to better understand how and why they tell stories about complex moral issues. We will also analyze the ways in which storytelling can shape audiences’ perceptions of moral issues. In particular, your compositions will respond to and shape responses to inquiries such as these:

    • What is morality? What are moral dilemmas? How are these terms defined by different people and in different contexts?
    • How do people use stories to think through complex moral problems? What are the goals of these stories? What are these stories supposed to produce? In other words, what do they do (for individuals, institutions, societies, etc.)?
    • How are people defined by stories—the stories they tell, the stories they consume, and the stories that are told about them? What are the real-world effects of this? What is at stake?
    • In what ways can your own writing and compositions transform conversations around moral dilemmas and moral issues more broadly? How can diverse kinds of writing and storytelling provide new opportunities for learning and engagement between writer and audience?

While we are working on a common class inquiry, you will develop your own lines of questioning and thought as you investigate moral issues and stories that are important to you. To develop your line of thought, you will look for patterns in your own work and in others’ experiences, follow your own hunches, make your own connections, and define your own terms. This line of thought will develop across many forms, culminating in a presentation in which you put forward your own ideas. Assignments will include, for example: an infographic, discussion board posts, short essays, and a presentation.

ENGL 1007-008 (TTh 3:30 PM – 5:25 PM)

During this course, we will explore a question with no right answer: “What matters in the media we consume?” We’ll consider this inquiry from two angles: what we look for/value in our media, and what ethical responsibility we owe to others. These may seem unrelated, but nothing we do happens in a vacuum. The things we consume and create become one part of how we view the world, in both positive and negative ways. We will consider our context as members of a global society, and how our personal and social values – and biases – intersect with our media consumption.

As we work through individual responses to the class inquiry, our collective goal is not to discover a “correct” answer, but to explore a range of possibilities based on our individual perspectives & interests. To develop your personalized questions, you’ll look for, follow your own hunches, make your own connections, and define your own terms. You’ll explore your questions across many genres and modes, creating projects as individual and unique as each member of our class. In this course we will work on:

    • Developing personal narratives about your own media engagement and its intersection with our ethical responsibilities as members of a global society
    • Curating a media museum that provide context for your personal narrative
    • Reframing your narratives and media collections using critical texts from class
    • Creating your own questions and postulating your own responses
    • Developing unique intellectual projects that matter.

What does media consumption mean?
I’m using “consumption” as a catch-all term for the way we “take in” the work of others: reading, watching, listening, viewing, etc. We’ll define “media” as: anything created for public consumption, whether for the banana entire world or followers on a private account. I encourage you to interpret media broadly, to work through our inquiry by focusing on something you love, be that novels, short stories, plays, music, podcasts, tv shows, movies, video games, paintings or photographs, tiktok, instagram, youtube, tweets, etc.

ENGL 2701-002: Creative Writing I

[UConn Storrs]

Instructor: Sean Forbes

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007, 1010, 1011, or 2011

Finding Your Artistic Voice Through Creative Writing Prompts

In this introduction to creative writing class we will examine the different approaches that a writer can take when trying to establish a speaker in a narrative poem or short story. The first half of the course will be dedicated to writing narrative poetry and for the second half we will focus on short and long form fiction stories. We will look at exemplary works of poetry and fiction from writers like David Dominguez, Allison Joseph, Richard Blanco, and fiction stories from One Story and One Teen Story, print literary journals that publish only one story per month. Students will produce a final portfolio of their original work. Class participation is an essential component to this largely workshop-based course along with weekly writing prompts such as writing in iambic pentameter and challenging in class writing prose sketches.

DMD 3610/HIST 3103: Collaborating with Cultural Organizations I: Methods (Conversion Opportunity)

[UConn Storrs]

Instructor: Clarissa Ceglio

Open to sophomores or higher.

While this is not an Honors course, Prof. Ceglio welcomes Honors students of all majors and would be happy to offer Honors conversions for interested students. Alternatively, Honors students may enroll in the cross-listed graduate section (DMD 5998-010), which will entail additional advanced work. 

Museums, archives, and other nonprofit cultural organizations are mission-driven institutions with complex, sometimes fraught, histories. Today, many such organizations seek to explore new ways to communicate ideas, make collections accessible, inspire learning, connect people, and build community. In addition to learning about the histories, structures, and functions of mission-driven cultural organizations, we will explore methods of collaborating meaningfully and effectively with them and their communities. This will include consideration of the ways in which digital media, from apps to virtual reality (VR), are being used to critically engage publics in questions about the past, present, and future. We will explore, too, the histories and responsibilities of cultural organization with regard to social justice, activism, and inclusivity.

For more information, email Prof. Ceglio.

UNIV 3784-890: Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar

[UConn Stamford]

Instructor: Annamaria Csizmadia, Ph.D. 

Honors students are able to enroll without a permission number. Non-Honors students who are interested should email Dr. Csizmadia for more information. 

Mondays, 3:35-6:05pm, UConn Stamford, in-person

This course invites mid-career Honors students to explore their personal intellectual interests, to expand their knowledge of research approaches within various fields of study, and to examine topics with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens. As an interdisciplinary seminar serving Honors students of many majors and led by scholars from a variety of disciplines, an important goal of the course is to cultivate comparative conversations across fields of specialization.  The successful student will present sophisticated and developed ideas in a manner sufficiently generalist to promote learning and innovation across subject areas. Students will also create a plan of action to expand their learning and build their skills and knowledge beyond this course. This plan will include individualized goals for completing the Honors thesis and learning goals for beyond graduation. This course will help support students within a community of scholars as they pursue Honors undergraduate research at UConn Stamford.  

Sample course schedule and Assignments (tentative for fall 2024): 

Week 1 – Welcome & Getting to Know You
Week 2 – Guest Speaker  – Identifying reliable sources, Mind-mapping areas of interest
Week 3 – Faculty Speaker Panel #1 (A panel of faculty members/experts will describe research in their field, including how DEI informs current research)
Week 4 – Faculty Speaker Panel #2
Week 5 – Guest Speaker from the Writing Center, Writing within your discipline
Week 6 – Guest Speaker from Enrichment Programs/Advising, Developing a Learning Plan
Week 7 – Honors Alums Guest Speakers Discussion of their Honors theses and careers
Week 8 – Discussion on Research with potential field trip
Week 9 – Guest Speaker on the Important of Life-Long Learning
Week 10 – Who Has a Seat at the Table? The importance of representation in all fields
Week 11 – Minority Voices in Literature
Week 12 – Student TED Talks
Week 13 – Student TED Talks

Grading will be based on Participation/Engagement and Assignments. Assignments are likely to include: Attending a Getting Started in Undergraduate Research workshop, Identifying reliable sources assignment, creating a Quick Guide for writing within your own discipline, writing Reflections, presenting a “Ted-Talk” style presentation, and crafting a future Learning Plan.