Previous Course Offerings

Previous Course Offerings

ENGL 3999/ Movements in Art, Literature and Music: (Taught by Mich Nyawalo, Michael Barnhart and Isabel Graziani)

In this course, students will be exposed to the interdisciplinary permutations of significant movements in art, literature and music. The course will therefore examine artistic movements such as romanticism (including neo-romanticism), realism, neorealism in film and photography, naturalism, Dadaism, surrealism, expressionism, futurism and afrofuturism from an interdisciplinary perspective. In this way, students will become familiar with painters, sculptors, architects, playwrights, poets, novelists, filmmakers, photographers and musicians that have shaped these movements. This course is team-taught by three professors: Mich Nyawalo (comparative literature, globalization studies), Michael Barnhart (music) and Isabel Graziani (art, interdisciplinary studies). Throughout the semester, students will therefore examine each artistic movement through each professor’s field(s) of specialization. (Meets on Tuesdays from 5 to 7:30PM and substitutes for the “western” cultural perspective category in the current GEP) 

English 1105—The Rhetoric of Zombies (Taught by Marc Scott) 

In this section of English 1105, we’ll analyze and create arguments about the representation of zombies in popular culture. Far from being mere shambling corpses in search of brains, the zombie in popular culture is a text upon which cultures write and project their fears, hopes, and values. We’ll learn about how zombie texts react to political and social events such as the Vietnam War, McCarthyism, and communism, and we’ll analyze zombies in terms of what they suggest about race, class, and gender. The class will also fill your delicious brain with critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.

ETGG4803 Digital Simulation and Gaming Engineering Technology (Taught by Jason Witherell) (T-Th, 3 to 5:15PM)

"ETGG4803 is a survey course meant to expose students to cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) topics.  This typically includes Genetic Algorithms, Neural Networks, Predicate Calculus (and machine reasoning), Computer Vision, Flocking, Data Mining, etc.  This course is heavily project-based, but also includes a literature review (using journals from the library) in which we discuss bleeding-edge research.  Students in the honors sections will prepare a lecture and demonstration (on an AI topic selected with consultation from the instructor) to present to the rest of the class.  Co-requisite: ETEC3402 (Automata and Formal Languages)" 

ARTH1101—Introduction to Art (Taught by Isabel Graziani)

How about exploring the world of art through the visual representation of the human condition in all its trauma and triumph? Art is the imagination unbridled, a gaze upon our human history and hopes. From Greek sculpture to subway graffiti, we will explore creativity within a socio-historical context. If you enjoy a good, healthy debate, this class is for you. 

English 3999H: “Investigations in American Studies” (Taught by Janet Holtman) 

This course offers an opportunity to study American cultural history using an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on history, social science, literature, and popular culture.  The goal is to provide students with knowledge and experience in the critical analysis of American culture and will provide grounding in theoretical approaches that enable students to become better critical thinkers and analytical writers.  Students will also gain increased social and cultural awareness and develop the ability to integrate the various disciplines underlying the field of American Studies. This course will specifically investigate the idea of social status in twentieth century United States, taking into account issues of race, class, and gender along the way.  We will be studying ethnographic research, novels, films, and photography, taking a particular interest in significant social engagements by literary authors. 

Study Abroad Course

ENGL 3999—Intercultural European Studies (Team-taught by Mich Nyawalo and Nick Meriwether)

This class includes a subsidized European trip to Paris, Berlin, Dresden and Prague. By visiting museums, historical monuments and cultural centers, students will be able to explore the cultural and artistic contributions of majority and minority populations in France, Germany and the Czech Republic, across various historical periods. Students will further examine the ways in which the rise of modernism has been instrumental in shaping, asserting and contesting various cultural identities, including national ones.  The class will include a wide selection of readings and writing assignments related to the cultural materials students will be exposed to during the trip.   By the end of this course, students will gain invaluable insights into how art, architecture, literature, food and music operate within a diversity of fields of cultural production from which iterations of identity are constructed. In particular, students will examine the ways in which majority and minority populations and cultures have navigated the impetus of modernism and modernization in their artistic productions.  Students will therefore read a selection of texts covering various cultural perspectives on Modernism.  Honors students, philosophy and religion majors as well as English majors (that is English majors with a 3.3 GPA or above) will be eligible to sign up for this course. The course will start as a five week summer intensive class. At the end of these five weeks, ten students will be selected for the European trip.  

Language Classes Typically Offered in the Honors Program 

FREN 1112—Elementary French 2 (Taught by Mich Nyawalo)
SPAN 1112—Elementary Spanish 2 (Taught by Pablo Salinas)
GERM 1112—Elementary German 2 (Taught by Thomas Piontek)

Honors Program

Contact Information

Mich Yonah Nyawalo,
Director, Honors Program 

Department of English & Humanities
Massie 422

Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

(740) 351-3480

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