Fall 2015 Barnard English Courses that Require Special Sign-up

The following is a list of fall 2015 Barnard English courses that require special sign-up. (A list of fall 2015 Barnard Film Studies courses that require special sign-up can be found on the Film Studies website.)  The need for special sign-up as well as how to do so is also stated in the prerequisites section of each course's course description in the Online Catalogue.

No Departmental Sign-up Sheets in Fall 2015

There will be no Barnard English courses with departmental sign-up sheets for the fall 2015 semester (There will, however, be one for Film Studies; please check its website).  Some courses that have required departmental sign-up in the past will be L courses this year; see the L course section lower on this page.

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L Courses

The following courses will be L courses for Barnard students and signing up for them is handled by the Registrar directly.  (Please note that the L course sign-up process does not apply to Columbia students.) This list includes some courses that have, in the past, required departmental sign-up—but the following courses will NOT have a sign-up sheet this year and will have their enrollment capped online instead.  Please read the following list carefully:

ENGL BC3099: The English Conference
ENGL BC3103: The Art of the Essay
- registered and interested students MUST attend the first day of class.
ENGL BC3129: Explorations of Black Literature: Early African American Literature 1760-1890
ENGL BC3141: Major English Texts I
ENGL BC3159: The English Colloquium
- open only to Barnard English majors.
ENGL BC3163: Shakespeare I
ENGL BC3177: The Victorian Age in Literature: The Novel

ENGL BC3192: Exile & Estrangement in Global Literature
ENGL BC3193: Critical Writing - open only to Barnard students.

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Courses that Require Instructor Permission

ENGL BC3121: Public Speaking - limited enrollment; attend the first day of class to receive instructor permission. Permission will NOT be granted in advance.
ENGL BC3252: Contemporary Media Theory - limited enrollment; attend the first day of class to receive instructor permission. Permission will NOT be granted in advance.

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Courses that Require a Writing Sample to Apply

A writing sample is required to apply to creative writing courses. As space is limited in creative writing courses, not all students who apply are guaranteed admittance.  If a student simply adds the course to myBarnard or SSOL without submitting a writing sample, it will NOT ensure their enrollment.  Directions and the required cover sheet for writing samples are available in the English Department Office (417 Barnard Hall) as well as on the Forms section of this website.  Writing samples with cover sheets should be submitted either to writingsamples@barnard.edu or to Prof. Szell's mailbox in 417 Barnard Hall by 4pm a week before classes begin (September 1 for the fall 2015 semester).  Admit lists will be posted on the Admit Lists section of this website as the department receives them from the professors. Students cannot add these courses to their schedules until after they are admitted. If an admit list is not posted for a class before its first meeting, attend it.

ENGL BC3105, section 1: Fiction & Personal Narrative
ENGL BC3105, section 2: Fiction & Personal Narrative
- open only to Barnard first-years.
ENGL BC3107: Introduction to Fiction Writing
ENGL BC3110: Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENGL BC3113: Playwriting I - open only to juniors and seniors.
ENGL BC3115: Story Writing I
ENGL BC3117: Fiction Writing

ENGL BC3118: Advanced Poetry Writing I
ENGL BC3120, section 2: Creative Non-Fiction: Making Facts Sing

Courses Requiring their own Application Process

ENGL BC3101: The Writer's Process - open only to Barnard students.
ENGL BC3123: Rhetorical Choices: The Theory & Practice of Public Speaking - open only to Barnard students.
ENGL BC3815-16: The Worlds of Shange and Digital Storytelling - Permission of the instructor required. Interested students should complete the application at: http://bit.ly/ShangeWorlds
ENGL BC3997, section 7: Senior Seminar for Writing Concentrators - open only to senior Barnard English majors concentrating in creative writing.

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Courses with Enrollment Run by Lottery

PLEASE NOTE that ENGL BC3159: The English Colloquium will NOT be run by lottery in fall 2015.  Please see the L course section of this page.

Enrollment in sections 1 through 6 of ENGL BC3997: Senior Seminar is limited to Barnard senior/rising senior English majors and Barnard senior/rising senior film majors for the English/film section.  Sign-up for these sections is accomplished through an online process. Qualified students may access it through myBarnard during the open access period (from noon on Monday March 30 to noon on Monday April 6, 2015).  Results will be posted the next day, April 7, at noon.  If you believe that you should be able to access the lottery but are unable to, please check that the Registrar's Office has your major and graduation year listed correctly on myBarnard.  If you still cannot access the lottery, please email spasadin@barnard.edu.


Students may also find it helpful to know that a list of fall 2015 Barnard Film Studies courses that have special sign-up procedures can be found on the Film Studies websiteAny questions about English or Film Studies sign-ups that are not answered above may be directed to english@barnard.edu.

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page last updated 9/1/15