Led by Harvard Professor Elisa New, the Poetry in America course series chronicles the history of American poetry from the Puritans to the present day. Semester-long for-credit and non-credit options are available via Arizona State University and Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education.
A subset of courses in the Poetry in America sequence is currently on offer via the innovative Universal Learner Courses program at ASU Learning Enterprise. Universal Learner Course (ULC) enrollees pay just $25 to enroll and take a ULC; at the end of the semester, they pay an additional $400 fee only if they want to add their grade to an ASU transcript.
The following Poetry in America courses are on offer as ULCs at ASU:
Note: These offerings are comparable to Poetry in America: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop and Poetry in America: From the Civil War through Modernism on offer at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education (more below).
We offer the following courses on a rotating basis. There is no prerequisite for enrollment, so feel free to take them in any order that works for you!
Learn about the role poetry has played in American history and culture by exploring the following courses on offer at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education:
Two of our Poetry in America courses were designed specifically with K-12 teachers in mind…but anyone age 16 and older is welcome to enroll! We see a good number of non-educators every semester, and we would encourage you to take our Poetry in America for Teachers courses if the subject matter is of interest to you:
If you are an educator, please see more information about our offerings for teachers, at the link below.
Fall course registration at the Harvard Extension School opens in early August, and Spring registration opens in November.
Summer course registration at the Harvard Summer School opens in early March. Listings for the upcoming summer term are published in January.
Scholarships are available for middle and high school teachers. Learn more here.