Fall 2018 Senior Seminar Information

An FAQ about the senior seminar enrollment process is below.  Please read through all the questions carefully.  If you have a question about the process that's not answered by the FAQ, please email Sarah Pasadino at spasadin@barnard.edu.

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1. What are the fall senior seminar classes?
2. What are the enrollment caps for senior seminars?
3. When can I sign up for a senior seminar?
4. Who is eligible to take a senior seminar?
5. What should I do if I have problems with the computer system when signing up for a senior seminar?
6. What should I do if I am a first-semester junior who needs to take a senior seminar early?
7. Is it possible for me to take the Film/English senior seminar if I am not a Film Studies major or film concentrator?
8. What should I do if I cannot get into my preferred senior seminar section?
9. What should I do if I have a required course to take next semester that I cannot move, but all the senior seminars that do not conflict with its time slot are full?
10. What should I do if absolutely all senior seminar sections have filled up before I could register for one?

 

1. What are the fall senior seminar classes?

They are:

ENGL BC3901 Sr. Sem.: The Field of the Emotions in 19th- and 20th-Century Poetry and Prose
Enrollment limited to senior Barnard English majors.
(Formerly ENGL BC3997; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) An interdisciplinary examination of human feelings, emotions, and passions in selected literary texts of the 19th and 20th century, in coordination with a few selected texts from more scientific approaches to these phenomena in philosophy, psychoanalysis and affective neuroscience.
—M. Jaanus, T 12:10-2

ENGL BC3904 Sr. Sem.: Charles Dickens
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.  
(Formerly ENGL BC3997; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) Charles Dickens: the life, the works, the legend, in as much detail as we can manage in one semester. Reading will be selected by the class, and may include Pickwick Papers, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Bleak House, and selections from his friend John Forster's Life of Charles Dickens.. Special emphasis will be given to the question of what "Dickensian" means, in the context of Dickens's literary style, his genius for characterization, his love of conviviality, and Victorian extremes of wealth and poverty. . Students will be expected to share in creating the syllabus, presenting new material, and leading class discussion. 
—W. Sharpe, W 10:10-12

ENGL BC3911: Sr. Sem.: Write to Vote
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.  
This seminar investigates the literary antecedents and cultural aftermath of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, with special attention to gendered and racial narratives of the ballot. Authors include Walt Whitman, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Thomas Dixon, Jr., William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Fannie Lou Hamer and Alice Walker.
—J. Kassanoff, T 10:10-12

ENGL BC3918: Sr. Sem.: Late Victorian and Modern Drama
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.  
Drama in transition. Changing social structures and dramatic structures at the turn of the century. The relationship between convention and invention and the interface of text and performance in the plays of Pinero, Wilde, Shaw, Strindberg, Ibsen, Chekhov, Robins, and others. 
—P. Denison, W 11-12:50

ENGL BC3919: Sr. Sem.: Virginia Woolf
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.  
We will read all eight novels of Virginia Woolf, as well as A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas and selections from her diaries and criticism.
—M. Gordon, R 2:10-4

ENGL BC3920: Sr. Sem.: Migration, Immigration, and the Borders of American Literature
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.  
This course will explore representations of voluntary and forced migration as a path toward understanding the formation of literary traditions and histories in the US and the Americas. How do we think about immigrant literature if the immigrant was here before the literature? Where does American literature begin and end if a mobile subject carries her words across borders and genres?  In addition to reading fictional and non-fictional narratives of cultural literacy and migration by writers like Frederick Douglass, Julia Alvarez, and Valeria Luiselli, we’ll examine the ways in which contemporary discourses of relocation generate surprising returns to what we might recognize as the proto-exceptionalist and/or post-apocalyptic foundations of American literature and culture. Authors and artists studied may include Octavia Butler, Louise Erdrich, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Claudia Rankine, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.
—K. Carter, M 6:10-8

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2. What are the enrollment caps for senior seminars?

They are all capped at 10 students.

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3. When can I sign up for a senior seminar?

You can sign up as soon as registration opens for you.

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4. Who is eligible to take a senior seminar?

That depends on the senior seminar.

For the Film/English senior seminar (none given in fall 2018) you must meet the following requirements on myBarnard:

  1. Your major is listed as Film Studies or English with a film concentration.
  2. Your expected graduation date is listed as February 2019 or May 2019.

For all other English senior seminars, you must meet the following requirements on myBarnard:

  1. Your major is listed as English (you may have any concentration, including film).
  2. Your expected graduation date is listed as February 2019 or May 2019.

If you do not meet these requirements, the computer system will not allow you to sign-up for these courses.  It is therefore extremely important that you check that your major, concentration, and graduation year are correct on myBarnard BEFORE registration opens.

If this information is incorrect, please contact both Sarah Pasadino and the Registrar ASAP to correct it.  Please note that if you wait until after registration opens to correct this information, you will not be able to register for senior seminars until this information is corrected in the registration system.

If you do not fulfill these requirements but have extenuating circumstances that require you to take a senior seminar, please see question 6.

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5. What should I do if I have problems with the computer system when signing up for a senior seminar?

First, check to see if your major and expected graduation date is correct on myBarnard for the seminar you are trying to register for.  If they are and you still cannot register, please email spasadin@barnard.edu with a description (and, if possible, a screenshot) of your issue.

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6. What should I do if I am a first-semester junior who needs to take a senior seminar early (because I am studying abroad my senior year, etc.)?

Before registration opens up, please email spasadin@barnard.edu a short explanation of why you need to take your senior seminar early and cc your major adviser.

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7. Is it possible for me to take a Film/English senior seminar if I am not a Film Studies major or film concentrator?

Please sign up for one of the literature senior seminars to ensure that you definitely have a senior seminar to take.  Then email spasadin@barnard.edu a short explanation of why you'd like to take the film seminar.  Sarah will maintain a waiting list of interested non-film students in case space becomes available.

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8. What should I do if I cannot get into my preferred senior seminar section?

Please sign up for one of the other senior seminars to ensure that you definitely have a senior seminar to take.  Then join the electronic waiting list for your preferred section.

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9. What should I do if I have a required course to take next semester that I cannot move, but all the senior seminars that do not conflict with its time slot are full?

Please join the electronic wait list for the seminar(s) that works for your schedule.  Then email spasadin@barnard.edu a short explanation of your scheduling conflict and cc your major adviser.  Sarah will work with you and your adviser to resolve the problem.

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10. What should I do if absolutely all senior seminar sections have filled up before I could register for one?

Please join the electronic wait list for the seminar(s) that works for your schedule.  Then email spasadin@barnard.edu to let her know about your issue and cc your major adviser.  Sarah will work with you and your adviser to place you in a senior seminar.

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