Updates from the English Department Office of Undergraduate Studies
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A note from the director...
 
 
 
 

Dear Students:

Happy September!

Now that classes are in full swing, how are you settling in? What class most excites you?

In case you are still looking, there are seats available in ENGL 241, ENGL 242, and ENGL 243. Take a look below for descriptions of the courses and email addresses for the professors teaching them.

Speaking of faculty, we still recommend you drop-in on your professors (or make an appointment if there are scheduling conflicts). Like we said last week, hearing from students - even if it's a quick chat - makes this all seem more worthwhile.

We hope you are as excited to be back as we are. If not, let us know what problems you are having and/or issues you are facing. Perhaps we can help. Scroll down for more exciting news, including:

  • English courses with open seats
  • Student spotlight: Fatima Abbas
  • UGS Drop-in Hour with Professor Freeman, Head, Department of English
  • Graduate School Workshop and Other Events
  • Virtual office hours for the week of 07 - 11 September 2020

Keep reading, stay safe, and be in touch!

Sincerely,

Prof. Robin Reames, Director of Undergraduate Studies
rreames@uic.edu

 
   
 
 
Exciting Fall 2020 Classes! Filling up fast!
 
 

The English department's lecture series (241, 242, and 243) is being taught asynchronously this semester, giving students maximum flexibility.

English students enrolled in these three courses have the enviable opportunity of surveying nearly 1000 years of literature. Keep reading to find out about Fall 2020 courses with seats available.

 
 
 
 
English 242: English Literature II: 1660-1900
 
Prof. Nicholas Brown

This course undertakes the ambitious task of surveying over two hundred years of inspiring English literature in fifteen short weeks. From allegory to lyric, from essay to novel, from ballad to dramatic monologue; from the scandalous affairs of Restoration comedy to the chaste attachments of Victorian verse; from the origins of the English novel with Daniel Defoe to its apotheosis in George Eliot (and to its transformation in Joseph Conrad): this 240-year stretch of literary history is crowded with new forms and new thematic and narrative material.

This semester will provide a solid backbone to the study of the period and a strong basis on which to begin a study of twentieth-century literature. All lectures will be asynchronous.

Interested to learn more? Email the professor. Ready to enroll? Register now!

 
 
 
 
English 241: English Literature 1: Beginnings to 1660
 
Prof. Raphael Magarik

This course surveys British literature of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. We start with Chaucer and conclude with Aphra Behn, in between reading Marlowe, Shakespeare, Wyatt, Sydney, Spenser and Milton.

The first goal for the course is that you engage with difficult, old literary genres and think about what those genres did for earlier readers: who writes a love sonnet and why? What’s the historical context in which an allegorical romance, full of dragons, knights, wizards and ladies, makes sense? The second goal is that you improve at reading this stuff, so that you leave the class with a sense that if you want to, you can continue reading pre-modern literature on your own. 

All lectures will be asynchronous. 

Interested to learn more? Email the professor. Ready to enroll? Register now!

 
 
 
 
English 243: American Literature: Beginnings - 1900
 
Prof. Jennifer Ashton

Surveying essays, novels and poems from the colonial period to the turn of the 19th century, this asynchronous course looks back across a broad swath of the literary tradition of the U.S.  But instead of starting with “Beginnings" and making our way forward to 1900, as the course subtitle suggests, we start in the present and work our way backwards.

This reverse trajectory casts interesting light on the development of literary efforts to theorize the freedoms of and constraints upon individual and collective action in a variety of historical contexts, particularly as they concern questions of religious, national, political, racial and sexual identities. 

Interested to learn more? Email the professor. Ready to enroll? Register now!

 
 
 
 
 
Student Spotlight: Fatima Abbas
 
 
 
 

What made you decide to major in English? 

I went through a few different career choices before settling on English. I wanted a field that did not force me to stay in one bubble; I wanted to be able to do so much more. English is one of the fields that is broad enough to cover a wide array of lifestyles, yet inclusive enough that I could be happy with my decisions. Not only does English provide excellent preparation for education, it also goes well with business, finance, law, public service, and can add to other fields. There is the development of editing, writing, analytical thinking, and marketing. Even if a person does not decide to have a major in English, I highly recommend at least a minor; it will allow you to broaden your horizon and find yourself in a whole new world. 

What advice do you have for first-year students at UIC?

My advice for first-year students would be to stay on top of everything. The work can pile on very fast. I, unfortunately, did not take my own advice and learned the hard way that you really need to focus on school work. There is absolutely no harm in asking questions. Even if you think you know something, ask for clarification. Sometimes your mind works a certain way and the professor expects something else entirely. It is really helpful to set reminders on your phone for assignments that are due. It's not really that fun trying to input everything on a calendar on your phone, but it will save you a lot of stress later on. If you're like me, then you would have to set multiple reminders for the same assignments. Taking notes is also important. It's hard to go back in your mind and try to remember a lesson that was over two weeks ago. By jotting down even a few notes per lecture, it's easier to remember what the professor was talking about.

What has been your favorite English class so far? 

My favorite class so far is Education 200 with Dr. Miller. He doesn't use traditional formats of grading and homework for students. He allows you to broaden your mind, ponder through thoughts, and even visually display what you learned. I truly hope that I would be able to use this guidance as a future teacher.

What's next for you, beyond being an English student? 

Once I complete my degree, I will have majored in the Teaching of English at the Secondary level. I also am finishing up an endorsement, Learning Behavior Specialist, in special education. I hope to become a high school, and later college, English teacher. My hope is that I can use my special education degree to help in classrooms with younger students as well. 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Professor Lisa Freeman, Head, Department of English
 
 
 
 

Join us as we host a drop-in hour with Professor Lisa Freeman, Head, Department of English

Ever wonder what a head of department does? Curious about a specific policy or course? Want to know why that one class you really, really want to take is always scheduled at the worst time for you? Join us as we welcome Professor Lisa Freeman to the UGS Drop-in Hour on Monday September 14, 2020 at noon.

Professor Freeman will chat about her work running one of UIC's largest and busiest departments. She'll tell you how she started out as a psychology major only to realize that English was the way forward. You'll get to hear how she read Norton Anthologies as a means of studying for the GRE. We think you might even get her to tell you about her new dog and the challenges and rewards of running a department remotely.

Katherine Boulay is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Office of Undergraduate Studies Office Hour
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Save the Date!
 
 

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is hosting the following events:

  • Grad School Workshop:  Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Learn from alums and admissions committee members what it takes to take the next step in your education. We are putting together a great panel of speakers - current graduate students, administrators, students working on their own grad school applications. See next week's newsletter for a complete overview of the session.

  • Open Mic Night: Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Month Day 2020 at 4:00 pm

Share your work with your peers. 

  • Independent Study/Senior Thesis Presentations: Friday, December 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Perhaps you're interested in what your fellow English majors' work. Perhaps you're considering taking an independent study. Join us as this semester's ENGL 398/399 students present their work.

Would you like to see the Office of Undergraduate Studies host a specific event? If so, let us know. It is our mission to provide programming that meets the needs of our students.

 
 
 
 
Office of Undergraduate Studies Fall 2020 Drop-in Hours
 
 

Have a question? Stop by the Office of Undergraduate Studies Drop-in Hours and ask us! While we are terrible at chemistry, we would be delighted to advise on classes, help plan for an independent study or chat about what we are binge watching and what we'll do once COVID-19 is gone.

The Office is open:

Monday 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 pm

If these hours don't suit, just email english@uic.edu to make an appointment.

Due to the Labor Day holiday, our regular Monday 12:00-1:00 pm drop-in hour will not take place in Tuesday in Week 3. Instead, join us Thursday, September 10 at 11:00 am.  

Katherine Boulay is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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