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ENGL 104 Intro to Literature

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    Oct 17, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class because Professor Van Rossum brings you literature with a modern twist to it. She has been one of the best teachers I have ever had, as she got to know her students and was passionate about her job.

    Course highlights:

    This course brought you literature with a modern twist. It was not a completely hard course, but it was not easy either. It required you to think about things in a way you would not normally think, and relate literature to modern day events, people, and things.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Keep ontop of the reading and the assignments, because it will be a decent amount of work. As long as you do the readings and worksheets, the class is easy and great.

    • Fall 2016
    • Professor Van Rossum
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading
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    Oct 24, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I took this course online over the summer. I really liked how the course was structured. Since I took it in a shorter session there was a lot of information jam packed into the six weeks. I felt all the assignments were meaningful and I was never just doing an assignment for a grade, I actually learned from every assignment.

    Course highlights:

    This was my first literature course. I thought it would be much like an English class, but it was surprisingly different. It is almost a history english hybrid course. In the class we discussed many classic Literature pieces. Every week we would have readings to complete, we then had an online discussion and would have to write a response to a question. I learned more than I thought I would and all the information was useful.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are considering taking a short session class, especially online, it is so important to STAY ORGANIZED AND STAY ON TOP OF YOUR ASSIGNMENTS. It is amazing how easily you can fall behind by just missing one assignment. Buy yourself a planner and set aside time each day to do a little work towards the course. If you do this, you will be sure to be successful, but if you have no drive or organization, I would not recommend taking this course in a short summer session.

    • Summer 2016
    • McCall
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jul 03, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class to anyone who is willing to open their minds and learn about the effects that profound literature and writing can have over readers. From existentialism to the powers of true love, the topics learned through the books we read always kept the students interested. With our wonderful teacher who knew to have fun with her students and enjoyable discussions/debates, this class was truly memorable.

    Course highlights:

    The main highlight of this course was the teacher. Her enthusiasm to teach and recount stories was infectious. She was always open to suggestions and willing to listen to other opinions. She was extremely approachable and paid close attention to everyone in need. Another highlight of the course were the discussions/debates about anything from whether Hamlet truly was mad, and whether Charles Darnay or Sydney Carton was the protagonist of A Tale of Two Cities, to how absurd and enjoyable Catch-22 was. I learned a lot about what made a piece of literature or poetry stand the test of time, including existentialism and the interconnected pieces of information (either seemingly major or minor) in a novel that will "blow" your mind.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed in this class is very simple. Always do you work and don't be afraid to participate in class ( which should not be a problem since the teacher and the material make for an enjoyable experience). DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. Procrastinating on the homework in this class will eventually overwhelm you and affect your grade. Make an effort to actually read the novels as you can expect to be quizzed on them (or you will be asked a question in front of the rest of the class). Be open and have a good time.

    • Spring 2016
    • Rosenberger
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