University English II
Taught By: Dr. Scott Curtis and Mrs. Emma Richardson
Class Length: One Year
Topics Covered: Literature covering Beowulf through the Modern Period
Prerequisites: Senior standing, admission to MUW, and an ACT composite of 25
Students who take University English II must have a 25 composite score on the ACT by the April national test date of the junior year and complete enrollment requirements for MUW students. The course offers senior students an opportunity to receive dual credit in English from MSMS (English IV requirement) and from Mississippi University for Women. Students also receive six semester hours of college credit: three in EN 201, Survey of Early English Literature and EN 202, and three in Survey of Late English Literature. The course is a study in chronological order of selected masterpieces representative of different periods of English literature from Beowulf through the modern period. Emphasis is given to the historical, intellectual, and social contexts which produced the literature and on the resulting intertext of literature and society. The course includes collateral readings. Students will write a variety of compositions, including critical essays and a research paper.
"On the first day of Mrs. Richardson’s UEII class, expect to take a lot out of the classroom with you. In addition to the fifteen-page syllabus, you may be juggling a few of the many books you have just been issued. Perhaps your nose is already buried in one. Your head may be swimming with ideas for your first essay assignment or with panic for the ever-daunting research paper. Not to worry. The syllabus (while long) will carefully outline everything expected of you and help you get there step-by-step. The first essay will be about you: the college-application essay. With some coaching from Mrs. Richardson, you’ll soon have essays that will impress prestigious colleges and universities. As you read novels, essays, and poems for class, you will cover British literature from its origins to contemporary works. You will see that many themes carried throughout your survey of British literature (the theme of loneliness/isolation, the destructive power of time, the challenge of scientific theories to traditional religious beliefs, for example). You’ll talk about these themes by moving your desks into a circle for class discussion. You’ll write about them in essays and blog responses. You’ll even illustrate them in creative responses and multi-modal projects. By the end of the course, you won’t be able to stop yourself from using literary analysis terms in everyday life. You will be able to crank out a 1,000-word essay in an afternoon. You will know more than you did on that first day—and might even like it."
-Kennedy Brown, Class of 2013