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IAI Humanities LITR 111: Introduction to Literature

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101

This course is a survey of the major literary genres (poetry, short stories, plays, and novels) and involves the reading and discussion of representative works with the aim of providing competence in critical reading and analysis, as well as the knowledge of formal literary characteristics. As part of this analysis, students will situate each work within its historical, social, and cultural context in order to gain a deeper understanding of its place within our world and the place from which they developed 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - H3 900

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

LITR 112: Graphic Novels

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course introduces students to a more extended literary form of the comic book. In this course students will read, discuss and analyze a number of graphic novels based on their historical, social and cultural significance, as they work to gain a deeper understanding of the genre and its place within literature as a whole. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Humanities LITR 113: Literature and Film

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course is an introduction to the relationship between selected works of literature and their film adaptations, where students will watch different types of film and discuss the various texts those films are based on (short stories, plays and novels). Students will also examine the historical, cultural, and thematic relationships between literature and film in order to see their relationship to each other and to the society from which they developed. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - HF 908

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Humanities LITR 114: Storytelling: Oral Folklore and Myth

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101

?Storytelling,? will focus on the stories told across varied cultures and traditions, exploring how these stories both shape and are shaped by the cultures that inspired them. Through listening, reading, discussion, and writing, students will engage foundational stories from various times and places, analyzing the language, themes, and central figures within them. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - H9 901

IAI Humanities LITR 115: American Literature and Culture

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course will examine the connection between American Literature and American Culture and how they have influenced each other. Students will explore the political and philosophical bases of important American literary works and correlate them with American cultural products (such as essays and film). Students will identify relationships among the historical, political, and philosophical elements that eventually define American Literature and Culture. Furthermore, as a literary course students will read, discuss, and analyze important American texts in order to develop skills necessary for understanding critical literacy. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - H3 914

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Humanities LITR 116: Dystopian Literature: The Struggle for Freedom

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101

This course is an exploration of why humans have problems creating perfect places on earth, and, in fact, often end up creating the exact opposite. Students will read and analyze representative literary and visual texts in order to examine the various political ideologies that struggle for dominance around the globe. Students will also investigate historical and cultural relationships in order to understand how they relate to each other and to the societies from which they developed. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - H3 901

LITR 117: Literature and Romantic Love

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101

In this course students will explore a variety of texts that focus on perspectives of gender, romantic love, and the often comedic ups and downs of courtship, as written by both men and women. Students will situate each text within its social and cultural context to order to gain an understanding of the literary and artistic elements involved in its creation. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

IAI Humanities LITR 118: Children’s Literature

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101

This course is an introduction to a variety of children?s literature, which may include genres such as fantasy, fairy tales, folklore, myths and legends, poetry, nonsense rhymes, historical fiction, picture books, and so forth. The course defines the parameters of children?s literature as literature for, about, or by children from infancy to the pre-teen years. The course encourages students to think critically and develop analytical and evaluative strategies that are used in the understanding of children?s literature. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - H3 918

IAI Humanities LITR 119: Music and Poetry

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101

Music and Poetry introduces students to the world of traditional poems, Spoken Word and Slam poetry and music to see how they all interconnect. Students will explore this rich history through reading, listening, discussing, interpreting and responding to a variety of works through many past cultures and time periods to see how music and poetry function today as literary art forms. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - H9 900

IAI Humanities LITR 121: Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101

This course is a review of major works in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, including short stories, novels, and film. Students will examine characteristics of specific time periods; themes common to these genres, including alien encounters, time travel, magic, technology; and literary elements such as character, theme, plot, and symbol, ultimately working toward a deeper understanding and appreciation of Science Fiction/Fantasy?s role in both society and literature. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - H3 901

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

LITR 233: Burned and Banned Literature

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better

This course will examine the history of when and why various texts have become ?forbidden content? for the public. Students will look at the cultural impact of censorship on intellectual freedom and privacy issues by reading/watching/listening to various genres from the classics, popular culture, and even from the ?innocent? realms of children?s literature. This course will explore issues concerning copyright, intellectual freedom, information access and more?issues that affect a student?s personal privacy, civil rights and ability to participate in today?s information-rich society. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

LITR 296: Special Topics in English Studies

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL101 with C or higher
AND
-Completion of any 100-level LITR course with a grade of C or higher

This is a course in Literature that is appropriate for students in the second year of college. The course advances strategies of research, writing, and interpretation. The particular topic of the course introduces or advances study of written, oral, visual, or multimedia texts pertinent to any field within Literary studies, including critical theory, cultural studies, and textual production. The study might include formal qualities, historical frameworks, theoretical groundings, secondary literature, cultural dimensions, linguistic features, rhetorical characteristics, symbolic implications, literary elements, or aesthetic applications pertinent to a defined group of texts. Because topics and research studied change each semester, LITR 296 may be repeated with a different topic for a total of six credits toward graduation. 1-3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.