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This class was tough.
I would recommend this course if you are looking to challenge your reading and writing skills. Dr. Moreland leads discussions by asking students to pick a passage that they found interesting and then asks them to give a close reading of that passage. This capstone will help you to identify what you respond to in a text and how to defend and support the conclusions you come to. There is an eight paged research paper at the end of the course that is centered around a topic of your choosing applied to the works of William Faulkner and W.E.B. Dubois. Dr. Moreland is more than willing to help with your paper or if you are struggling with the reading.
One of the highlights of this course was that it was reserved for English majors who are seniors, so there was a great mix of students who had discovered their areas of interest in previous courses and then brought that knowledge to this course. Because it was a discussion based course, no two classes were just alike, which prevented the class from feeling monotonous. I learned that I want to study William Faulkner is grad school. Dr. Moreland ensured that we had a thorough understanding of modernism and how that could be connected to writers who were writing in different periods. I learned that Du Bois and Faulkner can be compared in their writings because they were writing in the same time period and experiencing the same events from different perspectives. I also learned that there is more than one right meaning of a text.
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I would advise any student who is considering taking this course to make sure they have the time to dedicate themselves to it so that they will get the most out of it. The class is demanding but it is also very rewarding because you will be able to experience all aspects of the research process. I would also advise you to not be intimidated by Dr. Moreland or the work load. Everything in this class is designed for your learning and success, so take advantage of it!