What does it mean to feel at home? How have the concepts of home and homelands shifted in our increasingly transnational and global world? How do issues of race, class, gender, nationalism, politics, industrialization, and war impact our sense of belonging? Focusing on these guiding questions, this course will introduce students to a wide variety of literary and critical texts from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century that address what it means to exist in an increasingly borderless world.
Thesis pathway option (HON 394 + HON 493): Are you interested in writing your senior thesis on literature but don’t know where to start? Are you a non-humanities major who would like to work on a project outside of your chosen discipline? This cross-listed upper-division honors seminar is designed for majors and non-majors who are interested in developing literary studies research methods and delving into critical literary and social theory. Students will be introduced to a variety of literary genres from diverse time periods and national perspectives while learning how to conduct original research in literary studies and the humanities. The theme of the course should be broadly interpreted; any student interested in writing a thesis about literature is eligible to enroll.
Students can take HON 394 only, or they can combine it with HON 493 the following semester if they are interested in producing a senior thesis in literary studies. Students who enroll in HON 394 will have the option to become a part of a two-course sequence that culminates in HON 493, a thesis cohort course that will guide you through the thesis writing and defense process. Students enrolled in HON 394 in the fall and HON 493 in the spring can expect to defend and deposit in Spring 2021. Both HON 394 and the two-course thesis sequence are open to all students who have successfully completed The Human Event or History of Ideas.