Graduate Courses

To see a complete list of courses offered and their descriptions, visit the online course catalog.

For current course schedule information and registration, visit SIS.

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Plato and Poetry
AS.040.626 (01)

This graduate seminar will explore Plato’s contributions to the “old quarrel” between poetry and philosophy, encompassing such topics as the relationship between poetic inspiration and human reason, the role of literature in pedagogy, and the metaphysical implications of poetic fiction. We will focus on several Greek texts from the Platonic corpus related to these themes, as well as some later sources that engage with Platonic ideas.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Smith, Joshua M
  • Room: Gilman 108  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Proseminar
AS.060.602 (01)

This course is intended to train students in skills required by the discipline, help prepare them for a range of futures, and integrate them into the university community.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:30PM
  • Instructor: Miller, Andrew
  • Room: Gilman 130D  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/8
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Milton: Black and White
AS.060.618 (01)

In Milton: Black and White we will consider Milton and the discourses of racialized categories (poetical, political, and embodied), specifically attending to his role in the historical developments of white identity; concepts of justice; the genre of epic; and universal notions of personhood through the liberal tradition. We will also consider how Black writers have responded to Milton (including Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, the gospel tradition, Toni Morrison, Chris Ofili) through readings of Paradise Lost and selected prose, as well as readings in contemporary critical theory.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:30PM
  • Instructor: Achinstein, Sharon
  • Room: Gilman 130D  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/8
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Character Studies
AS.060.650 (01)

What are literary characters? Can we imagine literature without them? And how do they relate to questions of form and society? Starting with Aristotle, and moving through 20th- and 21st-century critics such as Lukacs, Barthes, and Woloch. We will pay special attention to the historical relationship between theories of character and approaches to the novel.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:30PM
  • Instructor: Rosenthal, Jesse Karl
  • Room: Gilman 130D  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/8
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Time and Space of Capital
AS.060.652 (01)

This course will look at the relationship between the logical and historical aspects of Marx’s analysis of capitalism, which special emphasis on key arguments in volumes 2 and 3 of Capitalism. We will ask questions about capital’s use of time and space in the service of accumulation, and read more recent secondary material all term from anti-colonial, feminist, queer, Indigenous, and Black radical traditions, in order to develop a fresh picture of the complex interrelation or different types of oppression and exploitation across capitalist history. Some familiarity with the concepts and argument of Capital, volume 1 will be helpful, but are not required.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:30PM
  • Instructor: Nealon, Christopher (Chris)
  • Room: Gilman 130D  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/8
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Individual Work
AS.060.893 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
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  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 23/40
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Reading
AS.060.894 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
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  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Journal Club
AS.060.895 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
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  • Instructor: Daniel, Andrew
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introductory Topics in Computation for Scholarship in the Humanities
AS.100.682 (01)

The first half of this seminar course consists of non-mathematical introductions to, and discussions of, the fundamental motivations, vocabulary, and methods behind computational techniques of particular use for humanistic research. The second half combines selected readings chosen to address specific questions raised by these discussions with hands-on application to students' research goals. Each participant will lead discussion for one of the selected readings relevant to their interests.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Lippincott, Thomas
  • Room: Gilman 50  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

What is a Person? Humans, Corporations, Robots, Trees.
AS.300.618 (01)

Knowing who or what counts as a person seems straightforward, until we consider the many kinds of creatures, objects, and artificial beings that have been granted—or demanded or denied—that status. This course explores recent debates on being a person in culture, law, and philosophy. Questions examined will include: Should trees have standing? Can corporations have religious beliefs? Could a robot sign a contract? Materials examined will be wide-ranging, including essays, philosophy, novels, science fiction, television, film. No special background is required.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Siraganian, Lisa Michele
  • Room: Gilman 208  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.040.626 (01)Plato and PoetryF 1:30PM - 4:00PMSmith, Joshua MGilman 108
AS.060.602 (01)ProseminarW 1:30PM - 4:30PMMiller, AndrewGilman 130D
AS.060.618 (01)Milton: Black and WhiteT 1:30PM - 4:30PMAchinstein, SharonGilman 130D
AS.060.650 (01)Character StudiesTh 1:30PM - 4:30PMRosenthal, Jesse KarlGilman 130D
AS.060.652 (01)The Time and Space of CapitalM 1:30PM - 4:30PMNealon, Christopher (Chris)Gilman 130D
AS.060.893 (01)Individual Work 
AS.060.894 (01)Independent Reading 
AS.060.895 (01)Journal ClubDaniel, Andrew 
AS.100.682 (01)Introductory Topics in Computation for Scholarship in the HumanitiesTh 3:00PM - 5:30PMLippincott, ThomasGilman 50
AS.300.618 (01)What is a Person? Humans, Corporations, Robots, Trees.TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMSiraganian, Lisa MicheleGilman 208