Suzanne Barrett, A.B. Newton, M.A.T. Trenton State, A.M. Clark, Ph.D. Brown; Nina Bogdanovsky, M.L.S. Simmons, M.A. Moscow; Elisabeth Brink, A.B. Brown, Ph.D. Brandeis; Andrea Defusco, A.B., A.M. Boston College; Carol Fallon, B.S. Salem State, Verizon Certification; Robert Farrell, S.J., A.B., A.M., S.T.B. Boston College, A.M. Middlebury; Stephen Kurkjian, A.B. Boston University, J.D. Suffolk, Pulitzer Prize, '72, '80, '03; Tom MacDonald, A.B. Stonehill, M.B.A. Boston College, M.F.A. Southern Maine; Andrew McAleer, A.B., Boston College, J.D. Mass School of Law; Ted Murphy, A.B. Boston College, Author Seven Books; Dustin Rutledge, A.B. Penn State, M.F.A. Notre Dame; Akua Sarr, A.B. Dartmouth, Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison; Robert Sullivan, B.S. Bridgewater, A.M. Boston University, A.M., C.A.E.S. Boston College; Diane Thompson, A.B. Vassar, A.M. Iowa, M.F.A. Emerson.
EN 05201 Introductory College Writing
Class requires simultaneous registration in EN 12901
Course presents the basic techniques that are necessary for successful college writing. It provides the essential tools for clear, organized, effective analytical expression. Opportunities for revisions heighten self-confidence.
Fall, Tues 6:30-9, Sept 3-Dec 10, Professor Thompson
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Thompson
EN 12901 Informing Writers: Text and Tech
Class requires simultaneous registration in EN 05201
All good writing flows from good information. The four library sessions will familiarize students with the organization of libraries, the organization and presentation of information in print, online, and other formats and its importance to writers. A primary goal is for students to become more proficient at finding the information they need at libraries, on the Web, and from other sources. Students also learn about new tools and techniques that will inform their research and writing projects. Practical application is stressed.
Fall, Mon 6:30-9, Sept 9-Dec 16, Professor Bogdanovsky
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Bogdanovsky
EN 05202 Introductory College Writing
This course, which introduces flexible strategies for approaching each stage of the writing process, prepares students to succeed in their college-level writing. Students learn from readings that illustrate conventions and techniques of composition and from their own regular practice in drafting, revising, and editing.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 9–Dec 16, Professor Rutledge
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Rutledge
EN 05203 Introductory College Writing (For Non-Native Students)
Designed for non-native students proficient in spoken English who for personal/professional interests wish to sharpen their writing skills. In a supportive environment, students study the finer points of grammar and punctuation, patterns for composing sentences, paragraphs, and essays. Analysis of literature enhances critical reading and writing skills. Weekly writing exercises build confidence.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 9–Dec 16, Professor Sullivan
EN 06001 Literary Works
Concentrated introductory study of a limited number of major authors. Purpose is to develop an ability to read literature with appreciation and to write intelligently.
Fall, Mon 6:30-9, Sept 9-Dec 16, Professor Barrett
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Farrell, S.J.
EN 09601 Craft of Writing
Introductory course addressing frequent problems in writing. Students write short weekly papers that encourage the development of individual strategy and style. Class essays, as well as creative prose works, provide models. Course is an elective or alternative for Introductory College Writing.
Fall, Sat 9-12, Sept 7-Dec 14, Professor Murphy
Spring, Sat 12:30–3:30, Jan 18–May 3, Professor Murphy
EN 20301 Friendship in the Digital Age
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have, for better or worse, changed the nature of friendship. Today friends meet, converse and interact online. Networks connect friends from afar, offer group support, and provide a vital means of communication for the elderly and the housebound. Social networking also raises many questions: among the troubling developments, power-users “collect” friends; digital conversations are easily misinterpreted; and conversations, once private, are now visible to entire networks. Readings, discussion and reflection explore friendship in the digital age, providing a rich palette for writing.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor TBD
EN 23201 Investigative Journalism: Critical Thinking
Whether your interest lies in the human interest story, breaking news, the exposé or in honing your critical thinking and writing skills, this course offers the practical skills necessary for mastering journalistic form, drawing on credible sources, reporting the facts and sharpening your inquiry and interpretive skills. Introduces the public documents on which investigative reporters depend and the various locales, City Hall, State House, courthouses, where such records reside. Students learn how to access, read, and interpret records which inform decision making.
Fall, Thurs 6:30–9, Sept 5–Dec 12, Professor Kurkjian
EN 57201 Techniques of Precise Expression
With instant communication, delivering the message fast sometimes seems to trump getting it right. Yet, whether communicating in business, disseminating information online or blogging for pleasure, writing clearly, with precision, economy and style, is more important than ever. Course expands powers of expression, develops a large and vital vocabulary and enables learners to write and speak with precision. Sharpens writing skills through exercises and brief assignments, with special attention paid to writing for the Web.
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 4–Dec 11, Professor MacDonald
EN 57501 Corporate Communication
In a globally competitive and technologically advanced world, the ability to convey ideas and persuade diverse audiences is critical to professional success in every organization. Course provides a learning environment which develops proficient communication skills. Focusing on business writing and oral presentations with attention to purpose and audience, the curriculum offers strategies for effective business communication in letters, memos, email, reports, proposals, resumes, meetings, and presentations. Classroom interaction, written assignments, collaborative media design, and team presentations provide multiple opportunities to demonstrate and enhance skills and to receive feedback on your professional communication style.
Fall, Thurs 6:30-9, Sept 5-Dec 12, Professor Fallon
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Fallon
EN 16101 Crime, Criminals, and the Courts
Real life crime captivates our sense of intrigue, imagination and our investigative nature. The Whitey Bulger saga, the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Lizzie Borden case, the Boston Strangler murders and the Charles Manson family, and are just some of the fascinating cases that enthrall the public. Analyzing alleged criminals, their suspected motives, and the justice system, students discover how true crime writers master the art of recreating and retelling notorious crimes. Videos and guest lecturers supplement class discussions.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14-–May 6, Professor McAleer
EN 17301 Introduction to the Short Story
Course gives students the opportunity to read a wide variety of contemporary short fiction of varied themes and styles from different cultures. Students will become more active and critical readers, develop skills in analysis and writing, and deepen their understanding of literary elements: plot, theme, tone, setting. Writers include: Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Diaz, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sherman Alexie and Aleksandar Hemon.
Fall, Tues 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Sarr
EN 19501 College Years: Literary Images
This class considers fiction, nonfiction, drama and movies describing the experience of higher education. We examine and analyze the works on their own merits and we also use them to inform relfection on our experiences in education. Works include A Hope in the Unseen, by Ron Suskind; The Student Body: Short Stories About College Students and Professors, John McNally, editor; Educating Rita, by Willy Russell.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Barrett
EN 26501 Popular Novels with a Social Conscience
A look at novels that illuminate the injustices evident in
cultures and communities, including injustices related to gender, race, and class. Memorable and moving literature opens learners hearts and minds to the universal nature of the human condition. Course examines and critiques works including Wright’s Native Son; Dickens, Oliver Twist; Naylor, Women of Brewster Place; Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, Stockett, The Help; Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Fall, Thurs 6:30–9, Sept 5–Dec 12, Professor Defusco
EN 29501 Survivals
Various American writers portray the survival of individuals faced with emotional, cultural, economic and social stress in a rapidly changing world. Course examines how changes in the workplace, society and family affect the psychological and spiritual growth of characters who must cope with conflicting demands and envision new solutions. Works include Wharton, Ethan Frome; Cather, O Pioneers; Guest, Ordinary People; Tyler, Saint Maybe; and short fiction by Kate Chopin, Theodore Dreiser and others.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 9–Dec 16, Professor Farrell, S.J.
EN 32601 Shakespeare’s Comedies
Shakespeare’s comedies with their light hearted tone and style offer a “happy” uplifting message. Shakespeare’s comedic arsenal of memorable devices includes: jokes, puns, gender confusion and slapstick humor. A set a motifs; the superiority of rural life to city life, the reconciliation of intellectual needs and hedonistic urges, and the resolution of social conflicts organize the plays. A look at comedies from different phases of Shakespeare’s career: As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and the Merchant of Venice.
Spring, Thurs 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8, Professor Defusco
EN 39001 Global Literature: Cultures of the World
Global literature attempts to redefine the borders of the world we live in through narratives that recognize the many conflicting issues of race, language, economy, gender and ethnicity, which separate and limit us while also recognizing that regardless of the differences in our stories, we are united by our humanity. Through literature we journey across continents, countries, cultures and landscapes to reflect on various renditions on the human experience. Writers include: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria), Elaine Chiew (Malaysia), Ha Jin (China), Marjane Satrapi (Iran), JM Coetzee (South Africa).
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Sarr