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    Jul 08, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Byrne is a very excitable professor who is incredibly easy to talk to. He encourages class discussion and makes himself available when his students need help.

    Course highlights:

    I gained an ability to see past the surface of a novel and the coding inherent in certain characters in certain bodies of works

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to read a great deal. Most of this class consists of reading and class discussion

    • Fall 2015
    • Jim Byrne
    • Always Do the Reading Requires Presentations Final Paper
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    May 22, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class was incredible! I was intrigued not only by the way in which we chronologically studied texts, but also the way in which we were encouraged to delve deeper into the meaning of the texts. We studied books from all ages and were always being told to look for the hidden meanings, in not just novels but poetry and plays as well.

    Course highlights:

    The greatest highlight of the course, I believe, was when we studied The Hunger Games. By studying a book meant for teens through the lens of a college student, we were able to discuss things like gender identity, femininity, and even how the portrayal of identity is used by the characters both positively and negatively.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't hesitate! I took it when I was a freshman, even though it is a 200 level course recommended for sophomores. It was challenging in the way of reading so much at once, so be ready to read, but it was so rewarding to be able to speak freely in the class about how you interpreted the works. The teacher made it fun by encouraging presentations and participating as a learner, rather than just lecturing again and again.

    • Spring 2016
    • Jim Byrne
    • Great Intro to the Subject Group Projects Great Discussions
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    May 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class is great for anyone who is interested in English, but isn't sure if they want to dedicate to a major. The professor really helps you cultivate a love for literature you don't find in high school, and the course covers a wide variety of texts, so there's bound to be at least one book you love.

    Course highlights:

    This class really helped me decide that I wanted to be an English major, and the professors enthusiasm is always infectious! I learned a lot about how to analyze texts and get a deeper reading then they expect out of you in high school.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always do the reading! The course is based in readings and discussion, so the more people that do the work, the better. You aren't going to get anything out of it if you don't put the work in.

    • Fall 2015
    • Jim Byrne
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions Final Paper

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