• 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.  

    Spring 2016 Sampler Course Listing:

    Outside Lies Magic: CNF Writing Beyond the Memoir

    February 8 - May 9, 2016. Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Giddens Learning Center, room 102E

    Many CNF writers begin their writing lives in memoir, since memoir is a natural meeting place for craft, intimacy and essaying for meaning. But often, the self becomes a tiresome subject, and the writer longs for somewhere else to turn her or his gaze. This course is about finding that somewhere else. We will read authors who grapple with the world outside the personal while still maintaining a sense of intimacy and urgency in their writing. The subject matters we study will range from histories to spirituality, from social justice to socialites. This course will revel in the joys of falling down rabbit holes of research, meandering through the unknown, and in practicing ways to stay awake to the strangeness of the world. The starting point will be our own curiosity, in learning to follow where it leads us, in picking at the truth that all writing is ultimately personal and representative of the one who cobbles it together. Course requirements will include viewing episodes of BBC Planet Earth, The Cosmos, The Brain, weekly readings, field trips, written critical responses, workshops and an essay-length piece of creative writing. Professor: Angela Pelster-Wiebe


    Landscape & memory

    February 4 - May 5, 2016. Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Giddens Learning Center, room 105W

    NOTE: THIS COURSE IS CURRENTLY FULL WITH A WAITING LIST. Sampler students are added to the waiting list by submitting the registration form from this page.

    This course takes its name from Simon Schama’s monumental work, Landscape and Memory. We study works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. We read across genre lines and pursue the balancing act between landscapes and LANDSCAPE, between land and water, land and memory, water and memory. We think about urban, suburban, exurban and rural land and water held or repressed in memory. We consider art and nature, what visions and ideas we have in common, which are held individually.

    This course is full of readings, discussions, presentations, quandary, puzzlement, celebration, and writing. Students write brief reflection pieces about some of our texts, and do a final presentation tied to our various inquiries. Students can choose to create power point presentations, suites of poems, short stories, memoir, CNF, scholarly articles, dioramas, real and imagined walking tours, and field guidesInstructor: Deborah Keenan.


    Registration & Payment Information   


    how to register 

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

    ** Registration will open on November 30, 2015 at 10 am**

    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: $547 per credit for Fall 2015 - Spring 2016. 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.