Featured Spring Courses in Arts, Literature, and Media

November 16, 2018

Need an inspirational spark to fuel your creativity? In our courses, you can challenge yourself to try new ideas, benefit from the feedback of your peers, and expand your perspective.

Note: Some courses have limited space and fill quickly. Act early to save your seat!

American Dreams from Scarface to Easy Rider

American Dreams from Scarface to Easy Rider

Take a tour of film classics, and reflect on Hollywood’s response to crises in modern American history. Through a survey of films like King Kong and Citizen Kane, you’ll explore how filmmakers either bolstered or subverted the status quo during critical eras like the Great Depression and McCarthyism.

Format: Online

Taught by: Eric Rentschler, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.

DESIGNING STORIES FOR THE WEB

Designing Stories for the Web

In this course, a web designer and a journalist join forces to highlight the crucial connection between form and content. You’ll learn to create meaningful, eye-catching content—and gain the marketable skills of a content designer or digital writer.

Format: Online

Taught by:

  • Jennifer A. Kramer, Lecturer in Web Technologies

  • Martha Nichols, Editor in Chief, Talking Writing

THE ANCIENT GREEK HERO

THE ANCIENT GREEK HERO

Explore what it means to be human today by studying what it meant to be a hero in ancient Greek times. In this introductory course, you’ll experience works of ancient Greek literature by Plato, Homer, and others.

Format: Online

Taught by:

  • Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University

  • Kevin McGrath, Associate in South Asian Studies, Harvard University

THE CONSTITUTION AND THE MEDIA

THE CONSTITUTION AND THE MEDIA

Explore the influence of the First Amendment on the concept of free press and free speech. In this course, you’ll examine landmark decisions on press issues, including shield laws. You’ll also consider freedom of the press in the digital age.

Format: On campus or online

Taught by: Allan A. Ryan, Director of Intellectual Property, Harvard Business School Publishing

IS THE US CIVIL WAR STILL BEING FOUGHT?

IS THE US CIVIL WAR STILL BEING FOUGHT?

This course demonstrates the ways in which the United States is still fighting the Civil War. You’ll learn how and why contemporary US debates are rooted in this defining narrative. And you’ll better understand the dilemmas the nation faces today.

Format: Online

Taught by: John Stauffer, Sumner R. and Marshall S. Kates Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

INTERESTED IN TAKING A COURSE IN JANUARY OR SPRING?

Registration is now open. For January courses, register by December 19. For spring courses, register by January 27. Learn how to register

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We’re offering nearly 500 courses in the January session and spring term.

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Registration is Open!

Spring course registration is open through January 27. Interested in a 3-week January session course? Register by December 19. You can browse the course catalog.