Textual Analysis and Interpretation (TA code)

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One, 5-credit course or equivalent is required that has as its primary methodology the interpretation or analysis of texts.

Even in our current multi-media world, the written word remains a major vehicle of communication. Many fields, from literature and history to law, government, science and religion, depend heavily upon the understanding and interpretation of written documents.

Textual Analysis and Interpretation courses have as their primary methodology the interpretation or analysis of texts.

The aim of these courses is to develop higher-order reading skills and to train students how to read attentively, to think critically and analytically, to produce and evaluate interpretations, to assess evidence, and to deploy it effectively in their own work. These abilities are not only necessary for academic success, but also for full participation in civic life at every level.

Biology: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental

114. Cancer Cell Biology.

126. Advanced Molecular Neuroscience.

127. Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disease.

Biomolecular Engineering

122H. Extreme Environmental Virology.

132. Evolutionary Genomics.

177. Engineering Stem Cells.

178. Stem Cell Biology.

Carson College

80C. Introduction to University Discourse: Writing for Environment and Society (I).


103. Advanced Chinese: Language and Society.

104. Advanced Chinese: Readings in Literature.

105. Advanced Chinese: Readings in History.

107. Introduction to Classical Chinese Prose.

108. Introduction to Classical Chinese Poetry.

Crown College

80F. Science Fictions.


13. Introduction to American Religious Culture.

100. Historical Skills and Methods.

147D. Intellectual History of South Asia.

154. Post-Colonial North Africa.

167A. The First World War.

170C. From the Trenches to the Casbah: France and its Empire in the 20th Century.

184B. Racism and Antiracism in Europe: From 1870 to the Present.

History of Consciousness

12. Historical Introduction to Philosophy.

85. Politics and Religion.

112. Foundations in Critical Theory.

115. Comedy and the Question of the Comic.

187. The Emergence of the Avant-garde from Disenchantment to Dada.


105. Advanced Japanese.

109. Japanese Language, Culture, and Society.

Kresge College

16. The Rise of Capitalism and Its Consequences.

171. Kresge Challenge Seminar.

Latin American and Latino Studies

131. Latino Literatures: Assimilation and Assimilability.

144. Mexicana/Chicana Histories.

180. Borders: Real and Imagined.


80K. Invented Languages, from Elvish to Esperanto.

108. Poetry and Language.


1. Literary Interpretation.

61F. Introduction to Reading Fiction.

61K. Introduction to the Fairy Tale.

61M. Approaches to Classical Myth.

61N. Introduction to Children's Literature.

61P. Introduction to Reading Poetry.

61Z. Introducción a géneros literarios de España y América Latina.

80B. Monsters and Literature.

80E. Animals and Literature.

80I. Topics in American Culture.

80V. Literature and History.

80X. Global Narratives.

80Y. Harry Potter.

80Z. Introduction to Shakespeare.

102. Translation Theory.

110A. The Traditional British Canon, Part I.

111B. Geoffrey Chaucer.

111D. William Shakespeare.

112C. Charles Dickens.

112I. Kafka in Translation.

114C. Dante's Divine Comedy.

118A. Hebrew Bible.

120A. Topics in Poetry.

120B. Poetry of the 17th Century.

120C. Victorian Poetry.

120F. Topics in Modern Poetry.

121G. The Idea of Poetry.

125B. Studies in the English Novel.

131D. Literature in a Global Context.

136B. Beat Literature and the World.

139A. Topics in American Literature and Culture.

145A. Colonial American Literatures.

146A. Studies in Romanticism.

146B. Victorian Literature.

146D. Nineteenth-Century American Fiction.

149D. Topics in Modern Literature.

149G. War in Contemporary American Culture.

156A. The Gothic Imagination in Fiction, Film, and Theory.

160F. Topics in Cultural Studies.

166E. Women's Literature.

167E. The Vampire in Literature and Popular Culture.

185L. La novella italiana.

186A. Introduction to Latin Literature.


181. History of Mathematics.


11. Introduction to Philosophy.


4. Citizenship and Action.

10. Nationalism.

20. American Politics.

Porter College

130D. The Arabian Nights and Its Afterlives.


164. Capitalism and Its Critics.


156F. El Humor en Espanol.

Stevenson College

23. Monsters and the Monstrous in the Early British Novel.

36. Women in the Bible.

81A. Self and Society 2.

Theater Arts

61A. Ancient and Medieval Drama.

61B. Drama from the Renaissance to the Modern Age.

61C. The Birth of the Modern: Drama and Performance After the Renaissance.

80K. Shakespeare 4every1.

80X. The Performance of Story in Theater and Film.

163H. Henrik Ibsen and His Impact: Ghosts of the Future.

163K. Special Studies in Playwrights: Euripides.

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