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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Course Information

 Liberal Arts Courses Are Scheduled By Level:

Sophomores - Monday Afternoons + All Day Tuesdays

Juniors - Friday Mornings + All Day Wednesdays

Seniors - All Day Thursdays

If you are scheduled in a studio class during the days above, please see your studio major chair.

 
Types of Courses

Enhanced Online Learning

 

Use of web-based tools required like O-Space and ePortfolios, but use of these tools does not replace any face-to-face instruction.

Blended Online Learning

 

At least a 1/3 of instruction (5 weeks) is delivered online rather than via face-to-face contact between students and instructor(s) in a physical classroom.

Complete Online Learning

 

100% of instruction is delivered online rather than via face-to-face contact
Grading

LAS Department grading criteria. (PDF)

Department Grading Scale

A 4.0 95 – 100
A− 3.7 90 – 94
B+ 3.3 86 – 89
B 3.0 82 – 85
B− 2.7 78 – 81
C+ 2.3 74 – 77
C 2.0 70 – 73
C− 1.7 67 – 69
D 1.0 60 – 66
F 0.0 00 – 59