Sample Syllabi

The following are sample syllabi for Fall 2020 from members of the Baruch English Department:

Matt Eatough: English 2850H

From Prof. Eatough’s syllabus:

Small-Group Assignments (20 points): At the beginning of the semester, I will be splitting the class into three 6-person groups. These groups will meet over Zoom every other Wednesday to discuss our current reading. As part of the preparation for these sessions, I will ​assign a small-group activity that should be completed no later than the Monday prior to our Zoom meeting. These activities will range in nature depending on our unit, and will include annotations for poems, rewriting of dense pieces of prose fiction, peer-reviews of essay drafts, and answers to discussion questions. For the most part, these activities will completed using Google Docs (though some assignments will use other platforms.)

Laura Kolb: Arts in NYC Syllabus

From Prof. Kolb’s syllabus:

This is a fully online course, delivered both synchronously, in weekly Zoom meetings, and asynchronously, via ePortfolios, Instagram, and possibly other platforms for sharing and viewing work. Online learning requires significant time management; students must be mindful of all course expectations, assignment guidelines, and due dates. All assignments and course interactions will utilize internet technologies. See “Technical Requirements” section for more information.

Dan Libertz: English 2100 Syllabus

From Prof. Libertz’s syllabus:

I know this is a very strange and scary time. Your health and well-being are always going to come first here.

Grace Schulman: English 3640 Syllabus

From Prof. Schulman’s Syllabus:

THE AIM:This is a course in mastering language to express your deepest thoughts. That mastery involves words, sounds, syllables, music. The course will train you, also, in the art of metaphor — that is, to find your own poetic voice by perceiving worldly objects and things.   You will find your best expression by learning how major poets, such as Shakespeare, Whitman, Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Wang Wei, convey their thoughts and passions.Here’s how it works:  Each week, on Thursday before class, you will hand in either an assigned poem of your own or a 2-page paper about a poem, both on a given topic. The poem will be guided by a model from your textbook. You will send one copy of your poem to me on email and post this poem on Blogs at Baruch.The class will critique your poem on Blogs at Baruch and on Zoom,  and their comments will help in the crucial process of revision.  

If I receive your work by the appointed time, I will read it swiftly,  provide extensive comments and a grade by email

John Brenkman: English 3025

From John Brenkman’s syllabus:

The traditional purview of this course is the history of American literature after the Civil War. In light of the current ferment in American society and of the fact that the Civil War brought an end to slavery but not to racism and racial inequality, this semester we will focus on a series of major works of fiction and nonfiction, by African American and white writers, that attempt to excavate and illuminate the promise of equality and the ordeal of inequality in the century and a half since the Emancipation Proclamation.

Kamal Belmihoub: English 2100T

From Prof. Belmihoub’s syllabus:

FunctionPlatform Link
Virtual Classroom & Office:Zoom
Class Syllabus & Content:Blogs@Baruch
Required Readings Join the Conversation Textbook
Document Submission:Google Drive