EGL (English)

 

EGL 1003 Basic Writing

Three hours

Basic Writing is a course designed for students who need to improve written communication prior to taking the Core Curriculum requirement EGL 1013. This course equips students with a firm knowledge of the fundamentals of composition, standard English grammar, punctuation, and style.  The course develops college-level reading, writing, and thinking skills; practical writing skills such as generating and focusing ideas for essays, composing drafts, and polishing (revising and editing) drafts; critical reading skills such as annotating, summarizing, responding, discussing, and synthesizing assigned readings; and critical thinking skills such as analysis; argumentation, and persuasion.  Prerequisite: less than 20 on the ACT-English score.

Offered fall semester

 

EGL 1013 English I: Composition

Three hours

An introduction to and practice in college writing in all its variety: from personal reflections to arguments and research-supported writing. A total of twenty pages of writing is required, including a short research paper.

Offered each semester

 

EGL 1023 English II: Literary Analysis and Research

Three hours

An introduction to the analysis of literary texts through reading and researching a selection of short stories, poems, dramas, and novels. In addition to essays of analysis of such works, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: EGL 1013.

Offered each semester

EGL 1083 Honors: English I: Composition

Three hours

A course which has as its thematic core the ethnographical study of local cultures. Focus is on primary and secondary research methods, problem solving, and writing skills. Methods include experiential, reflective, integrative, and collaborative learning, and teaching by way of field experiences, group projects, interviews, guest speakers, and seminar-type participation. Prerequisite: admission to the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Committee.

Offered fall semester

EGL 1093 Honors: English II: Literary Analysis and Research

Three hours

An introduction to the analysis of literary texts, including poetry, drama, short fiction, and the novel. Methods may include collaborative learning, field experience, group projects, guest speakers, and seminar-type participation. Assignments will include analysis and response to literary texts and a short documented scholarly research paper, leading up to a longer research project in which the student works with a selected text, the author of that text, and secondary sources to analyze the production of texts in context. Prerequisites: admission to the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Committee, and EGL 1013 (or Honors counterpart).

Offered spring semester

 

EGL 1221 Introduction to English Studies

One hour

A seminar that explores the disciplines of language and literature, introduces students to departmental faculty and to graduates in the discipline, and prepares students for their work at JBU and for the decisions they will make regarding the professional world.

Offered fall semester

 

EGL 2213 World Literature I

Three hours

Readings of the major writers from antiquity through the Renaissance. Includes European authors such as Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Cervantes as well as classics of non-Western literature such as Gilgamesh, Chinese poetry, Persian epic, and Japanese drama. A scholarly paper is required. Prerequisite: EGL 1023.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

 

EGL 2223 World Literature II

Three hours

Readings of the major writers from the Enlightenment through the contemporary period. Includes authors such as Moliére, Voltaire, Goethe, Wordsworth, Ibsen, Kafka, and Beckett. A scholarly paper is required. Prerequisite: EGL 1023.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

EGL 2243 Young Adult Literature

Three hours

An introduction to young adult literature as a genre, including an introduction to young adult literature as an academic field of study. Course readings will feature contemporary young adult literature. Assignments may include short literary analyses and a larger research paper.  All students are required to present their research at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at JBU.  Prerequisite: EGL 1023.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

EGL 2273 Introduction to Creative Writing

Three hours

This course will provide a forum for beginning writers to acquaint themselves with and explore the conventions of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Students will read widely and write extensively, learning to appreciate the creative process and developing a vocabulary for the craft. Prerequisite or corequisite: EGL 1023.

Offered spring semester

 

EGL 2393 Advanced Composition

Three hours

An advanced course in composition for English and Education majors in which rhetorical skills are developed and refined in the practice of writing thesis-driven literary analyses and researched arguments in MLA format. Multiple stages of revision through group work and peer review are a key component of the course. Prerequisite: EGL 1023 or equivalent.

Offered spring semester

 

EGL 2413 American Literature to 1900

Three hours

This course introduces the student to major and minor American writers from colonial times through the nineteenth century (e.g. Winthrop, Emerson, Dickinson, Poe, Whitman, Douglass, Twain). Students will be introduced to writing and research strategies regarding literary analysis. Prerequisite: EGL 1023 or equivalent.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

 

EGL 3313 Medieval Literature

Three hours

A study of early English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the fifteenth century. Authors may include Chaucer, Langland, and Kempe; anonymous works may include Beowulf, The Dream of the Rood, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Most works are read in translation; however, the course introduces students to broad concepts in the history of the English language. A scholarly paper is required. Prerequisite: EGL 1023 or equivalent.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

EGL 3321 Writing Center Practicum

One hour

Experience in Writing Center methods through participant-observation, readings, and periodic staff meetings. Three hours of tutoring (peer reviews and grammar advice on student writing) each week and a weekly memo are required, plus web reports on each client served. Prerequisite: EGL 2393.  Prerequisite or corequisite: EGL 3363.

Offered each semester

 

EGL 3323 Renaissance Literature

Three hours

A study of the masterpieces from the English Renaissance. Readings include major playwrights, such as Marlow, Jonson, and Webster, and lyric poets ranging from Sir Thomas Wyatt to Donne, Herbert, and Marvell. A scholarly paper is required. Prerequisite: EGL 1023 or equivalent.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

EGL 3333 Shakespearean Drama

Three hours

Representative comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances. A scholarly paper is required. Prerequisite: EGL 1023 or equivalent.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

 

EGL 3341 Publishing Practicum

One hour

Students gain hands-on experience in the publishing world by working in teams on a real world publishing project for which they design, write, interact with a publisher, and revise according to publisher feedback. At the end of the course, projects are officially published and students have a real world publication for their resumés. Prerequisites: EGL 2393 and junior standing.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

 

EGL 3343 Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature

Three hours

A study of the major writers, genres, and issues of this period. Authors may include Dryden, Behn, Pope, Richardson, Johnson, and Burney; issues may include British colonialism and slavery, the rise of the novel, and the beginnings of British feminism. A scholarly paper is required. Prerequisite: EGL 1023 or equivalent.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

 

EGL 3353 Nineteenth Century British Literature

Three hours

A study of the major British writers of the Romantic and Victorian periods. Authors may include Wordsworth, Byron, Gaskell, Dickens, Browning, and Eliot; issues may include women's voting rights, the Industrial Revolution, and evolution. A scholarly paper is required. Prerequisite: EGL 1023 or equivalent.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

EGL 3363 Advanced English Grammar

Three hours

An analytically and pedagogically focused study of English grammar and an introduction to the history of the English language. Prerequisite: EGL 2393.

Offered fall semester

 

EGL 3583 Curriculum and Instruction: TESOL

Three hours

Methods and materials for teaching English to non-English speakers. Course addresses classroom strategies for teaching elementary children through adults survival English, and English for other specific purposes. Includes the skills to evaluate, select, access, and implement appropriate ESL materials and teaching strategies. (Same as ED 3583.)  Prerequisite: ED 2143.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

EGL 3713 Literary Theory

Three hours

A study of the primary texts of literary criticism and aesthetics from Plato to the recent theorists, including Greenblatt, Derrida, Fish, and Foucalt. Focuses on developing knowledge and application of the various ideas from the different schools of thought.  A scholarly project —class presentation and paper— involving application of theories is required. Prerequisites: EGL 1013, 1023, and one upper-level literature course. Prerequisite or corequisite: RPH 3003.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

EGL 3993 Internship

Three hours

Practical experience writing outside of the classroom in a professional setting. Interns have worked for non-profits, publishing houses, churches, and small businesses. Enrollment is limited to English majors. Students will keep a journal of their experiences and turn in a reflective essay at the end of the semester. Each semester hour represents 40 hours of service. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or higher, and a 3.0 major GPA.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

EGL 4003 Masterpieces of Literature

Three hours

An exploration of texts from ancient to modern world literature in drama, prose, and poetry. Authors may include Homer, Sophocles, Dante, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Dostoevsky, and Kafka. Reflective and analytical essays are required. A capstone of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisites: EGL 1023, HST 1013, 1023, and RPH 3003.

Offered each semester

 

EGL 4043 Masterpieces of Literature: Ireland

Three hours

A reading-intensive overview of the literary history of Ireland through examination of selected works of writers William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, C. S. Lewis, and others. A scholarly paper is required. May substitute for EGL 4003 in the Core Curriculum. Prerequisites: EGL 1023, HST 1013, and 1023.

Offered summer, Irish Studies Program

 

EGL 4473 Creative Writing Workshop: Selected Genres

Three hours

Study of and practice in a designated genre or subgenre of creative writing, such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or writing from faith.  Students submit original work for class critique.  Significant writing, reading, and participation are required.  May be repeated for credit in a different genre/subgenre. Prerequisite: EGL 2273 or for non-English majors, instructor consent required.

Offered each semester

 

EGL 4483 Selected Topics: Literature

Three hours

In-depth study of a literary topic of interest. Topics vary widely based on student and professor interest, and in the past have included C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, Jane Austen, Russian literature, James Joyce, and Gothic Fiction. A scholarly paper is required. Prerequisite: EGL 1023 or equivalent.

Offered each semester

 

EGL 4611, 4612, 4613 Independent Study/Research

One to three hours

Independent study supervised by a member of the English faculty. A scholarly paper and/or a significant research project is required. Enrollment by consent of the department.

Offered upon sufficient request