English Composition

MET EN 104

Required for all undergraduate degrees. Reinforces basic skills in communication necessary for college work. Instruction and practice in fundamentals of critical writing, reading, and thinking. Lectures combined with seminars on vital current social, political, psychological, and philosophical issues. Students choose their seminars. Frequent papers; individual conferences.

MET EN 104 Section Descriptions for Fall 2014:

MET EN104 A1 -- "Coming to America: Issues and Controversies in Immigration" (Pasto):
This course will explore controversies in immigration to the United States from the early 1800s to the present. Where possible we will examine immigration in the local context of Boston and New England. Topics to be covered include anti-Irish Immigration and the No-Nothing Party, Italian Immigration to Boston and the Immigration Restriction League, the Immigration restriction law of 1924, post- 1965 immigration policies, generational conflict among immigrants, immigration and crime, and other issues. Texts will include 'Fire and Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent' by Nancy Schultz, 'The Namesake' by Jhumpa Lahiri, 'Coming to America' by Roger Daniels, and other selected readings, as well as classic films like 'The Black Legion' and contemporary films such as 'Gran Torino'. Writing assignments will include descriptive and analytical summaries, reviews, personal and expository essays, and more.

MET EN104 C1 -- "American Disaster" (Challener):
This section will examine responses to disaster in a variety of ways, from the ecological and the cultural to the political and historical. We will begin with 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. For the remainder of the term, students will be invited to use essays to think through the significance of responses to other American disasters of their choosing, including recent events, like the financial collapse of 2008 and Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and past events like the assassination of President Kennedy, the attack on Pearl Harbor, or the Great Depression. We will ask, among other questions, whether in today's global society there is such a thing as an "American" disaster or if there's anything especially American about our responses to disaster.

FALL 2014 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Pasto EOP 276 M 6:00 pm-9:00 pm See course
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FALL 2014 Schedule

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C1 Challener CAS 323B W 6:00 pm-9:00 pm See course
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