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Special Topics

As an alternative to ENGL 1102, teachers can propose Special Topics courses. These courses meet all the requirements of a regular 1102 class, except they focus on a particular subject or genre. It is important to keep the focus on these courses as writing courses rather than courses in literary analysis. Special topics courses will be listed in the bulletin so students are aware of the designated sections.


Spring 2011 Special Topics Courses

Archived Special Topics Courses

Examples of Special Topics

Special Topic by Subject


Special Topic by Genre

  • African American Literature
  • American Folklore
  • Autobiography
  • Banned Books
  • Blogs
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Dissent
  • Fiction
  • Film
  • Gaming
  • Mysteries
  • Poetry
  • Popular Culture
  • Popular Music
  • Satire
  • Science Fiction
  • Science Writing
  • Screenplays
  • Short Stories
  • Southern Literature
  • Television
  • The 1960’s
  • The Vietnam War



Proposal Process

All Special Topics courses are taught in the Spring. Proposals for courses are generated through discussion at our Spring Professional Development Conference (the year before the class is to be taught). After presentation to the Composition Committee, teachers can revise and submit final proposals by early Fall semester (September 15) so they can appear in the course bulletin for the following Spring. Although students will select the class through the bulletin, it is the teacher's responsibility to market the class.

 Review and complete the Special Topics Heuristic to help you develop your proposal and address the questions that might come up in the committee discussion.