Course Descriptions


LIT 410
Non-Fiction Literature
3 credits

At the end of this course, students will understand how to read and interpret non-fiction literature to gain insight into the rhetorical tools used in non-fiction.  Because of an increased emphasis on non-fiction in education and a societal emphasis towards increasing levels of literacy, this course was designed to help students with close-reading and analytical skills. Students will be asked to analyze literature inductively, using clues from the surface level of literature (literary devices) to create larger truths they see in the literature. The readings selected will be a mixture of long form (book length) and short form (essay) readings.  Literary analysis expressed through written communication and other activities will take the rhetorical forms of description, analysis, and reflection.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122 or COM 245