9/3/2004

Contact: Barbara Watkins, Continuing Education, 785-864-7881, bwatkins@ku.edu

Sesquicentennial inspires 2 Kansas distance-learning classes

LAWRENCE -- To help celebrate the Kansas territorial sesquicentennial, two new University of Kansas distance-learning courses on state history and Plains literature are available through KU Continuing Education's Independent Study program.

"History of Kansas" (HIST 620) deals with the national events that influenced how the state developed. The course readings provide a variety of angles from which to explore the richness of Kansas history. This three-hour course is available in a hybrid print-and-online delivery. Course assignments are submitted online.

"Topics in Reading and Writing: Plains Literature" (ENGL 203) uses novels, essays and diaries to help students understand the people who settled the Plains and the human and philosophic issues that arise in a culture in which lives and livelihoods depend on the weather and nature -- elements beyond human control. This three-hour course is available in both online and print formats.

KU's Independent Study program also offers a three-hour upper-level course, "Topics in American Literature: Kansas Literature" (ENGL 570), and two related one-hour courses, "Langston Hughes" (ENGL 495/AAAS 690) and "The Kansas Territorial Experience" (ENGL 496/AAAS690/HIST 510).

All these courses are offered for undergraduate credit. HIST 620 and AAAS 690 are also available for graduate credit.

For more information or to enroll in these or other Independent Study courses, call toll-free (877) 404-5823 or (785) 864-5823 or view the Independent Study catalog online at http://www.kuce.org/isc.

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