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All requirements are the same
for UTD and SMU students.

Undergraduate Students

Each student will write a formal journal with brief weekly entries. Be succinct and craft your writing well. Please submit your journal in hardcopy; unless your handwriting is exceptionally clear, please submit in typed copy.

THE JOURNAL: Each week you will look closely at one OBJECT from the DMA collection (on the DMA handout we will post) and consider its formal elements (we will discuss these elements in class). Each week you will think about one assigned LITERARY TEXT and consider its formal elements. And each week you will think about one HISTORICAL MOMENT or DOCUMENT and consider its formal representations. In each instance, consider how the medium generates the message: you want to think about what meaning you find in each object, text, and moment, but you also want to think and write about how it tells its story. For your journal, historians should concentrate most keenly on historical issues; literature students on literary subjects; CF student on intersection of history/lit. So, place your major attention in one area depending upon the course you have elected, and place less emphasis on other areas without ignoring them. In all cases, write your journal each week so that it doesn’t suddenly become an Insurmountable Task. Feel free to speak to your professor-of-record about whether the tack you are taking works well. Remember that (though you may write your journal in pen on parchment), you must submit it in typed copy with a standard submission of about 3 typed pages per wee. By the end of term, you should have accumulated a minimum of 20 pages of graded work.

First Journal Submission (Mid-Term Exam), due by 3 PM on Sep 16 (20%)
Second Journal Submission, due by 3 PM on Oct 28 (20%)
Third Journal Submission, due by 3 PM on Nov 18 (20%) 
Comprehensive Final Exam, given on individual campuses (40%)

Exceptionally high quality of class participation will be rewarded in your final grade.
More than one unexcused absence will adversely affect your final grade.

 

Graduate Students

Journals as described and submitted above (30%)
Focused Research on Visiting Faculty’s subjects as well as participation in relevant class discussion (20%)
Focused Research paper, topic to be determined in consultation with professor of record. Paper due no later than Dec. 2  (30%)
Comprehensive Final Exam, given on individual campuses (20%)

NB: Exceptionally high quality of class participation will be rewarded in your final grade.
More than one unexcused absence will affect your final grade.