Palm Beach Atlantic University's English Department offers a variety of unique English courses. Below you will find a handful of the distinctive classes that make PBA's English program an academic opportunity to engage critical thinking, integrity, creativity and more. For a complete list of the English curriculum, click here.
Christian Writers: Lewis and Tolkien
“My Christian Writers course explores the fantasy writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. After reading and discussing Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, Till We Have Faces, The Great Divorce, and the space trilogy, we turn our attention to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Teaching this course over the years inspired me to write The C.S. Lewis Phenomenon. In fact, in 2010 one student in the class served as my editorial assistant for the book, a role for which he received a PBAU Quality Initiative grant. I love leading students through the rich and unforgettable worlds that Lewis and Tolkien created.”
- Dr. Samuel Joeckel, author of The C.S. Lewis Phenomenon: Christianity and the Public Sphere (Mercer University Press, 2013)
“In my Holocaust Literature course, I introduce students to the subject’s depth and importance. My students gain perspective on the Holocaust’s scope as they read different authors and genres, such as autobiographies by actual survivors, poetry, essays, drama, and novels. We read about how the Holocaust was experienced in various parts of Europe and consider the moral and ethical dilemmas involved. By taking this class, students grow in their understanding of both history and literature.”
- Dr. Lee Prescott, author of Imagery from Genesis in Holocaust Autobiographies: A Critical Study (McFarland Publishers, 2010).
Topics in Major Literary Figures: Jane Austen
With an entire course devoted to Austen’s writings, PBA is the place to embrace your inner Jane Austen! In addition to Dr. Kathleen Anderson’s course, she and Professor Susan Jones co-wrote a book on Jane Austen and have both published essays in Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal and numerous other outlets. They host monthly meetings of the South Florida chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) on PBA’s campus throughout the school year, bringing together Austen fans from the student body, the faculty, and the local community for intellectual fellowship and traditional tea. They have also both mentored prize-winning PBA students in JASNA’s international essay contest, which is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to produce graduate-level work.
- Dr. Kathleen Anderson and Dr. Susan Jones, authors of Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift: An Independent Woman’s Advice on Living Within One’s Means (Berkley Books, 2013)
In my Creative Writing course, we study a variety of published poems, stories, creative essays and plays, and then write our own. The classroom experience is both challenging and affirming, with workshops and revision sessions accentuated by festive coffee-house readings. Students that have taken this class and others in our creative writing sequence have gone on to publish their works in national literary journals and have also been accepted into prestigious graduate programs such as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Michener Center for Writers.
- David Athey, M.F.A., author of the novels Danny Gospel (Bethany House, 2008) and Christopher (Sophia Institute Press, 2011) and the collection of poetry, Hunting and Gathering Heaven (Bellowing Ark Press, 2000)