Director: Dr. Amy Clukey, amy.clukey
318 A Bingham Humanities Building
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
Phone: (502) 852-2187 Fax: (502) 852-4182
Departmental Telephone: (502) 852-6801
Designed to provide special enrichment opportunities for superior students, the English Honors Program comprises a series of courses that fits within the normal course-load limits. The program consists of two honors seminars (English 401, 402) and an independent study course (English 501) that culminates in an honors thesis. All Honors courses meet WR (writing intensive) requirements and count towards the major.
The seminars are open to honors students only and are designed specifically for them. The seminar format allows students to investigate topics in-depth and to discuss their findings with highly motivated colleagues.
The independent study course, covering a topic of the student's choice, is completed under the direction of an English faculty member. The resultant thesis may be submitted for university and departmental honors.
The student who completes the two seminars and successfully defends the thesis receives an English Honors Certificate.
An English major who has accumulated sixty credit hours with 3.5 English and 3.0 overall averages, completed one course in the series 301,302, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417 and obtained a recommendation from a faculty member may apply for admission to the program.
New seminars are created each semester. These are innovative classes on special topics.
- HON: - , Professor Amy Clukey (Fall 2016)
- HON: ENGL 401 "Avant-Garde at Black Mnt College" - WR Professor Alan Golding (Fall 2016)
This seminar explores the relationship between the arts and education at Black Mountain College (1933-1957), the tiny experimental college in North Carolina that centered its curriculum in the arts and that—in terms both of the figures who taught there in multiple disciplines and the students it produced—became one of the most influential arts institutions of the twentieth century. The literary component of the class focuses on the poetry, short fiction, and cultural theory of the Black Mountain School, those poets who attended or taught at Black Mountain between about 1948 and 1956 and the associated poets who shared the same networks of correspondence and publication into the 1960s. Equally important to the course, however, will be the interaction of literature with major figures in the other arts: Merce Cunningham in dance, John Cage and David Tudor in music, Franz Kline, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg in painting, Mary Caroline Richards in ceramics. A central goal is to pursue the implications of a question posed in the poet Lyn Hejinian's My Life: "Isn't the avant-garde always pedagogical [?]” For the community of artists and students at Black Mountain, what were the connections between experimental art making and cutting-edge thinking about teaching? If all goes according to plan, the seminar will include a field trip to the major retrospective exhibit “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957” (
http://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/leap-you-look-black-mountain-college-1933%E2%80%931957), now at the ICA in Boston but coming to Ohio State.
University Honors Program
For more information on Honors Programs at the University of Louisville visit their website at http://louisville.edu/a-s/honors/