Senior Seminars

Senior Seminars

Each semester, the Department of English at Eastern Connecticut State University offers at least two different senior seminars.

Each seminar continues into the following semester for a total of six credit hours.

Prerequisites for ENG 461: ENG 203 with a grade of C or above; senior status

Prerequisites for ENG 462: ENG 461 with a grade of C or above

We leave a few previous seminar descriptions here so that you may see the variety of possible seminar topics.


Seniors and juniors (with in-progress credits totaling up to 90 credits and above) can register for ENG 461 themselves during the registration week for seniors and juniors respectively.  If you are a junior and do NOT have 90 credits and above (including in-progress credits) and are interested in registering for ENG 461, please email the department chair.  At the end of the registration week for juniors, if there are any seats left in the seminars, the department chair will commence enrolling interested juniors in the course, prioritizing based on how close they are to having senior status (90 credits and above).

Senior Seminars
Fall 2014Spring 2015
ENG 461-01 The Rhetoric of Sports
Dr. Rita Malenczyk

ENG 461-02 Literature of the Wild West
Dr. Meredith James

ENG 461-03 The Culture of War
Dr. Kenneth McNeil
ENG 461-01 Crash Course in the Novel
Dr. Christopher Torockio

ENG 461-02 Dirty, Sexy, Middle Ages
Dr. Meredith Clermont-Ferrand
Fall 2013Spring 2014
ENG 461-01 Writing Poems/Reading Culture: Beyond the Workshop
Dr. Reginald Flood

ENG 461-02 Adaptation and Ideology
Dr. Lisa Rowe Fraustino

ENG 461-03 Monstrous Women
Dr. Maureen McDonnell
ENG 461-01 Community Literacy Studies
Dr. Lauren Rosenberg

ENG 461-02 Classics in Comedy
Dr. Miriam Chirico
Spring 2013Fall 2013
ENG 461-01 The Harlem Renaissance
Dr. Daniel Donaghy
ENG 461-02 The Rhetoric of the Hollywood Film
Dr. Stephen Ferruci
ENG 461-01 Writing Poems/Reading Culture: Beyond the Workshop
Dr. Reginald Flood

ENG 461-02 Adaptation and Ideology
Dr. Lisa Rowe Fraustino

ENG 461-03 Monstrous Women
Dr. Maureen McDonnell
Spring 2012Fall 2012
ENG 461-01 Memoir: Exploring the Private/Public “I”
Dr. Susan DeRosa
ENG 461-02 Conceptual Metaphor & Literature
Dr. Elena Tapia
ENG 461-01 Rhetorics of Conversion: Stories of Becoming
Dr. Barbara Liu
ENG 461-02 Social and Political Issues in African Literature
Dr. Raouf Mama
ENG 461-03 The Figure of the Pirate
Dr. Benjamin Pauley
ENG 461-04 Becoming American: Literature of the Immigrants
Dr. Jian-Zhong Lin
Spring 2011Fall 2011
ENG 461-01 The Culture of War
Dr. Kenneth McNeil
ENG 461-02 The Comic Tradition
Dr. Miriam Chirico
ENG 461-01 Literature of the Wild West
Dr. Meredith James
ENG 461-02 The Rhetoric of Crime
Dr. Rita Malenczyk
ENG 461-03 Crash Course in the Novel
Dr. Christopher Torockio
ENG 461-04 Medieval Queens and Nobel Women
Dr. Meredith Clermont-Ferrand
Spring 2010Fall 2010
ENG 461-01 Literature and Culture of Vietnam War
Dr. Daniel Donaghy
ENG 461-02 Adaptation and Ideology
Dr. Lisa Rowe Fraustino
ENG 461-01 The Rhetoric of Place
Dr. Stephen Ferruci
ENG 461-02 Community Literacy Studies
Dr. Lauren Rosenberg
ENG 461-03 Shakespeare in Print & Film
Dr. Meg Lota Brown
Spring 2009Fall 2009
ENG 461-01 Rhetoric and Popular Fictions
Dr. Rita Malenczyk
ENG 461-02 Crash Course in the Novel
Dr. Christopher Torockio
ENG 461-01 Social and Political Issues in African Literature
Dr. Raouf Mama
ENG 461-03 The African American Sonnet: Reading and Writing Metrical Verse
Dr. Reginal Flood
ENG 461-05 Monstrous Women
Dr. Maureen McDonnell
Spring 2008Fall 2008
ENG 461-01 Gender and Literary Representation in the Great War
Dr. Marcia McGowan
ENG 461-02 Walt Whitman
Dr. Jian-Zhong Lin
ENG 461-03 Social and Political Issues in African Literature
Dr. Raouf Mama
ENG 461-04 Medieval Heretics & Outlaws
Dr. Meredith Clermont-Ferrand
ENG 461-05 The Figure of the Pirate
Dr. Benjamin Pauley
ENG 461-06 The Sociolinguistics of Dialect in Literature
Dr. Elena Tapia
ENG 461-07 Secular Scriptures
Dr. Barbara Liu
Spring 2007Fall 2007
 ENG 461-01 The Rhetoric of Place
Dr. Stephen Ferruci
ENG 461-02 Studies in Dramatic Comedy
Dr. Miriam Chirico
ENG 461-03 Secular Scriptures: Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Fiction
Dr. Barbara Liu
ENG 461-04 The Culture of War
Dr. Kenneth McNeil
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