• Samplers Courses

    Sampler Courses

    Our classes attract the kind of people who want to think deeply about their world. People like you who love to encounter new ideas and explore diverse perspectives. Whether you have graduated from Hamline, sampled a class with us before or have been out of the classroom for twenty years, sampler courses offer a way explore a rigorous, intellectual, creatively challenging environment with accomplished, supportive faculty. Scroll through the page for course offerings and registration and payment information. 

    Summer 2015 Sampler Courses:

    2 credits
    June 3 - 24, 2015. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9. (The first class session is Wednesday, June 3.)

    This class explores that most popular mode of literary criticism, the book review. What makes a great  review, and how does it influence publishing decisions, reader reception, and other aspects of literary culture? In this course, we will look at the history, ethics, and current “best practices” of reviewing, as well as write several reviews, with a special eye toward balancing the creative and critical sides of the intriguing and useful form. Instructor: Eric Lorberer.  

    2 credits. June 1 - 25, 2015. Online. 

    The city has been central to our human experience for millennia. As of 2010, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and recent trends in the U.S. suggest that roughly 80% of our population live in cities. This mixed-genre course explores the personalities of cities, the literary representation of architecture and space, the identity of city, nostalgia, and the divided city. Some of the questions we’ll examine include: What is the relationship between the city and the senses? What are the urban dreams that preoccupy modernist literature and poetry? What is the relationship between the inside and the outside of city life? How does city literature interact with the visual arts, films, and performance? Students will be asked to explore their own urban experience through reading and writing projects and will be asked to become a mapmaker of a personally meaningful urban environment. Instructor: Juliet Patterson.



    Fall 2015 Sampler Course Listing: 

    Graphic Narratives: Words, Pictures, and White Space

     4 credits. September 9 -December 12, 2015. Online. 

    What can writers learn from the graphic novel? What do graphic novels teach us about story structure, pacing, point of view, characterization, and time management? In this online class, we will study an array of subgenres, including memoir (Bechdel, Thompson), superhero (Moore, Miller), and young adult (Yang, Ryan). We will focus on how the text and image harmonize to create a multi layered experience that is cinematic and linguistic, and how, as writers, we can harness that interplay for narrative efficiency, emotional resonance, and dramatic irony. Discussions will be held via Blackboard, workshop will be done via letters and students will have one individual Skype conference with the instructor. No artistic ability necessary (beyond stick people). Instructor: Swati Avasthi.

    Registration & Payment Information   

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    NOTE: Please read the Policies & Procedures and Tuition & Payment sections below before completing the online registration form. 

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    Policies AND Procedures

    Sampler students must have a bachelor’s degree. Transcripts may be required.

    Courses are open on a space-available basis. Please thoroughly read the Policies & Procedures form that accompanies the printed registration form.

    Grading: Courses are offered for graduate credit and graded with letter grades (A-F). A Pass/No Pass designation must be specified at the first class. Outside assignments will be required of all registrants, regardless of grading system.

 Application to degree program: Only sampler courses taken for a letter grade may be considered for future transfer into a Hamline University degree program. Grades earned must be a B- or better. Application and admission to a degree program are required.

    Tuition and Payment  

    Fees/Payment: $507 per semester credit for summer 2015 courses; $547 per credit for fall 2015. All credits in graduate semester credits. Courses range from 2-4 credits. A non-credit option is available on a space-available basis; cost for non-credit is 80% of the full-tuition rate.

    Texts and course packets at additional cost may also be required.

    Payment Plan: Those considering a payment plan should call Student Administrative Services at 651-523-3000 for details.

    Billing information will be sent from Student Administrative Services via email.

    Withdrawal: In accordance with the Official Academic Calendar, restrictions on refunds apply. Please call Student Administrative Services at 651-523-3000 for details.

    Cancellation: If a course does not reach minimum enrollment, it will be canceled at least seven days prior to the first session. Tuition paid will be refunded or held for another course.

    Alumni Discount: Alums of the Hamline MFA and MALS programs are awarded a 10% reduction in tuition.