Oh Hamlet, Hamlet, Hamlet—what is he talking about? This program takes this complex master work to explore the question, “What does it mean to be human?” We will be looking at this question from the standpoint of our multiple roles as humans, artists, and critics. This program is for students who are willing to cross boundaries, to explore dramatic literature in its original form as a performance work as well as something to be studied on the page. This program will include attending at least one live performance.
English Renaissance Literature with Heidi Snow introduces students to Hamlet and to a range of English renaissance literature. Through these writings, students will explore the world of the renaissance and the rise of humanism, the study of what it means to be human.
Occasionally, Professor Steele of the Theatre Department will visit the ILC to engage students in workshops on acting Shakespeare’s text. For a full immersion experience in the topic, students are encouraged to enroll in a theatre class the same semester.
In addition, each FYE program contains an Integrated Learning Course (ILC) required of all first-time students. In this three-semester-hour course students develop learning skills needed for successful completion of college-level academics and lifelong learning. Students will learn strategies for generating and revising good writing, how to conduct well-documented research, participate in deep class discussions, prepare effective oral presentations, and develop strong critical thinking skills. Topics also include organizational and time management skills, and how to gain the most from your college academic experience.