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This course is concerned with understanding, describing, and responding to the various ways we s hare and express ourselves and encounter the world. The word “Humanities,” as an academic term, encompasses multiple genres, such as Music, History, Philosophy, and the Arts. In this class, we will creatively and critically explore the world of creativity, learning how to respond to and write about multiple genres. We will read rigorously, from fiction to non -fiction to poetry. Studying specific aspects of each of these types of work will hone our abilities of looking and responding. We will learn how to discuss language and dissect it, how to employ it to analyze subject matter across genres in ways that both effective and creative. We will take the conclusions we come to and broaden them, establishing worldviews. This course is about slowing down in a world that moves quickly.


  • acknowledge your and others’ range of linguistic differences as resources, and draw on those resources to develop rhetorical sensibility
  • enhance strategies for reading, drafting, revising, editing, and self-assessment
  • negotiate your own writing goals and audience expectations regarding conventions of genre, medium, and rhetorical situation
  • develop and engage in the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes
  • engage in genre analysis and multimodal composing to explore effective writing across disciplinary contexts and beyond
  • formulate and articulate a stance through and in your writing
  • practice using various library resources, online databases, and the Internet to locate  sources appropriate to your writing projects
  • strengthen your source use practices (including evaluating, integrating, quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, synthesizing, analyzing, and citing sources)


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Participation: 20%
Short Responses: 20%
Extended Essays: 40%
Portfolio: 20%



Using 2-4 poems that we have read in class, analyze each poem’s use of language.

Length: 1000 words

Book Review

Length: 1200- 1500 words pages

Formal Analysis

Length: 1000 – 1200 words

Visual Essay

Length: 1200 – 1500 words




In the class blog (located here), we’ll be required to write a brief analysis of the current topic in class.  Each month there will be a prompt at the top of the blog and we’ll be required to write three to five paragraphs and to comment on one other writer’s work.

Length: 3 – 5 paragraphs Due Dates TBA


Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is copying and using other people’s words without proper acknowledgment or citation as 1t 1s indicated in the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity. All writing submitted for this course is understood to be your original work. Plagiarism is unacceptable and has serious consequences that can include a failing grade. In cases where I detect academic dishonesty (the fraudulent submission of another’s work, in whole or part, as your own), you may be subject to a failing grade for the project or the course, and, in the worst case, to academic probation or expulsion. You are expected to read, understand, and adhere to CCNY’s Policy on Academic  Integrity,  which is available here:  http:// wwwl. ccny.cun y.edu/ current/upload/Academic­ In tegrity-Policy .pdf

Student Code of Conduct

All student members of the College community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates mutual respect for the rights and personal/academic wellbeing of others, preserves the integrity of the social and academic environment, and supports the mission of the College. The College has an inherent right to address behavior that impedes, obstructs, or threatens the maintenance of order and attainment of the aforementioned goals by violating the standards of conduct set forth in the University student conduct policies noted below as well as other policies that may be established by the respective Schools, Global Sites, and administrative offices of the University. The goals of the CCNY Community Standards are:

  • To promote a campus environment that supports the overall educational mission of the University
  • To protect the University community from disruption and harm
  • To encourage appropriate standards of individual and group behavior
  • To foster ethical values and civic virtues
  • To foster personal learning and growth while at the same time holding individuals and groups accountable to the standards of expectations established by the Code of Conduct: http:/ /www.ccny.cuny.edu/studentaffairs/community-standards.cfm

CCNY’s Statement on Community Standards

https:/ / www.ccny.cuny.edu/ studentaffairs/ community-standards


 Students are expected to attend every class session of this course and to be on time. If you miss five classes, your final grade will be dropped by one – half of one letter (a 90 to an 85, for example). If you miss six classes, your final grade will be dropped one full letter. If you miss seven classes, you will not be able to pass the course. Consistent late arrivals and early departures will have a negative impact on your grade. I will notify  you by email if course absences (for full or partial classes) are having an impact on your grade. If you have special circumstances, please see me. I’m happy to work with you to help you complete this course.


Gateway Advising Center, NAC 1/220 http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/gateway/

Students without a declared major can receive academic advising, especially if you have questions about your course of study, core requirements, etc.

Access Ability Center Tutoring Services, NAC 1/218 http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/accessability/

Provides one-on-one tutoring and workshops to all registered students with learning or physical disabilities.

SEEK Peer Academic Learning Center, NAC 4/224 Phone: 212-650-5786; email: seekpals@ccny.cuny.edu

Offers counseling and peer tutoring for students in need of academic and financial support  who  have registered for the SEEK Program.