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Department of Reading, ESL and Linguistics

Rockville Campus

Department Honors Courses

Honors courses include:

  • HP 251 - Contemporary African Literature is offered on the Rockville campus. Selected readings from West, East, Southern, and Northern Africa, dealing with themes of African Literature, centering on the African encounter with Europe and treating such issues as Colonialism, Neocolonialism, Imperialism, Postcoloniality, Apartheid, Culture Conflict, Ethnicity & Nationalism, and Individualism & Collectivism. This course will also deal with the Woman Question as the women have seen and written about themselves, have examined and articulated their place and role and destiny in their different milieu, and have discussed and discoursed such issues as Womanhood, Marriage, Polygyny, Motherhood, and Patriarchy.

  • HP 251 - Prose Fiction  is offered in the Fall Semester on the Rockville Campus. The course will begin with the examination of the oral tradition -- covering one or two each of the major genres of Orature: Folktales, -- which preceded and provided a backdrop for the contemporary African Prose Fiction. The course will also expose students to the works of Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Ayi Kwei Armah Ngugi Wa Thiong’ o, Alan Paton, Yambo Ouloguem, Sembene Ousmane, Buchi Emecheta, Nwapa, Flora and so many others.

  • HP 251 - Drama & Poetry is offered in the Spring Semester on the Rockville Campus. The course will begin with the examination of the oral tradition -- covering one or two each of the major genres of Orature:sagas, epic poems, -- which preceded and provided a backdrop for the contemporary African Drama and Poetry. The course will expose students to the works of Wole Soyinka, John Pepper Clark, Ama Ata Aidoo, Athol Fugard, Tewfik AL-Hakim, Christopher Okigbo, Dennis Brutus, Okot p’Bitek, Lenrie Peters, Leopold Senghor, and many others.

  • HP 251 - The History of English traces the development of the English language from its origins in the Indo-European family of languages through the stages recognized as Old English, Middle English, and Modern English. It also surveys dialects of Modern English and the "World Englishes" on the international scene. Students who take this course will become informed about how the world's most popular language has gotten to its present form, and, more generally, about how languages communicate and change through time.

  • HP 251 - Linguistic Theory exposes students to theory and practice in analyzing and comparing languages. Students will also survey the many issues related to language,such as correctness and language varieties, language origins and relations,language acquisition, and language processing.

NOTE: The prerequisites for all HP courses are completion of at least 12 college credits, at least a 3.2 grade point average, and EN 101 or EN 101A with a grade of A or B. Some HP courses have additional prerequisites, which are noted in the course descriptions. (See the latest edition of the MC Catalog)


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