World Literature/World Literature Honors
- Examine cultural history and traditions through literature
- Read classical and contemporary works to better understand students' place in the world
- Explore works from ancient civilizations to the Renaissance
- Study and critically respond to the art, architecture, and philosophy of the periods
British Literature/British Literature Honors
- Study of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern age. Major works typically covered include excerpts from Beowulf, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s "Macbeth", Dickens’s Great Expectations, Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Orwell’s 1984
- Study poetry that reflects a variety of literary movements (romanticism, modernism, etc.), while working to improve writing skills
- Acquisition vocabulary, close-reading and composition skills are emphasized, and on-going journal writing provides fertile material for student-generated discussions and writing assignments throughout the year
American Literature & Composition/American Literature & Composition Honors
- Explore the virtuosity of individual voices in response to social forces within the cultural contexts of American art, film, nature and literature
- Read and respond to works by great American writers such as: Hawthorne, Miller, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, Gilman, Twain, James, Chopin, Fitzgerald, Hurston, Hemingway, Capote, Irving, O’Brien, Baldwin, Carver, etc.
- Engage critical and creative thinking and frame thematic units of study
- Combined with courses of study, students write a research paper that considers literature in its social and historical contexts.
AP Language and Composition
- Expanding on the same outline as the American Literature and Composition class, the additional feature of this college-level course is a year-long study of rhetoric and composition, focusing on analysis and argument. Students prepare for the AP Language and Composition exam (given in May) by working on deepening their awareness of how language works.
AP Literature and Composition
- Study and write about the plays seen during the Senior Theater Trip
- Undertake an intensive study of the genres of short fiction, drama and poetry using a college-level text
- Compose a significant amount of essays
- Write a literature-based term paper on AP-level dramas and longer works of fiction not covered in previous years
- Organize works around a central theme which may change from year to year.
Senior English Seminar
Choose from a variety of literary topics and are an excellent transition to the University or College experience. Delving into Senior Seminar topics, students gain insight into the moral complexities of the human condition in ways that will help strengthen their capacity to make informed choices.
Brave New World: An Introduction to Social Science — This seminar is designed to introduce students to the core of social research in political science, psychology, and sociology.
The Play’s the Thing: American and European Drama — Students read and see plays written during the European Renaissance through the 19th century as well as modern European and American theatre. This seminar includes discussion, comparing stage productions to film adaptations, and attending live performances and workshops.
The Hero’s Journey — This course follows the scholarship of anthropologist Joseph Campbell and psychologist Carl Jung in an examination of the monomyth of the hero’s journey involving an individual who leaves the known world behind and achieves great deeds on behalf of the larger community.
Traveler’s Tales — This seminar celebrates writers who dreamed journeys, places, and people who never existed, as well as raconteurs who threw themselves into open roads and shared their tales with the world.
Detective Fiction—Students examine the genre of detective fiction from its beginning in the works of Edgar Allan Poe (and his famed sleuth, Auguste Dupin), through the prototypical detective, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, into the 20th century in America and "hard-boiled" detectives like Philip Marlow Sam Spade, and ultimately into the 21st century.
Reading Gossip: The Nature and Role of Gossip in Literature — An anthropological lens allows students to learn how to recognize gossip and its social power to affect status and opinion. They also learn how writers use gossip as a framing device.
- Philosophy through Film
- Studies film for philosophical reflection and argumentation
- Understand the language of film and with major philosophical works
- Engage in Socratic Seminar and write reaction papers assessing the philosophical value of film