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Advanced English Seminar is a culminating course for the English major. Students choose a focused and appropriate topic with significant direction and support from professor(s) and librarians, concentrating reading and research on a literary work(s), theme, time period, or author. Advanced English Seminar promotes advanced critical awareness of, and engagement with, a specialized topic and promotes creative and intellectual development. In addition to a final writing project and presentation, students compile a portfolio of their work throughout their college career. Advanced English Seminar prepares student writers to meet their educational and professional goals. Class lectures and discussion emphasize student-driven inquiry to include close reading, research, literary criticism, and analysis, and synthesizing sources.