Literature is a mirror. It reflects back our culture, our civilization, ourselves. What we think and who we are.
A major degree in English will teach you most important skills you will ever learn. How to communicate effectively. The fundamentals and finer points of reading and writing.
There is no better way to express the power of English language than thru literature. The books, poems, essays, plays, human thought, knowledge, emotion and ideas written on a page.
“Books are uniquely portable magic” – Steven King
A degree in English takes you on a journey of English literature than leggins in the early and middle ages. Later covering happenings of 17th century.You’ll encounter British romantic poetry, the early Victorian period and the late Victorian period.
”Exuberance is beauty” – William Blake
Then jump the ocean into Canadian and American literature. Finish out the 1800s with authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson and Emerson.
“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be persecuted. Persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished. Persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. By order of the author” – The notice in the “Adventures of the Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.
Moving to the 20s century with Faulkner and Fitzgerald, Hemingway and others.
“Or I have known them all already, known them. Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” T.S. Elliot
Follow thru with literature from the later 20th and into the 21th century with the names like Salinger, Ginsberg, Atwood and Shepard.
“A word after a word after a word is power” – Margaret Atwood
Throughout this literature voyage you will read works by the masters. But also better understand humanity and maybe yourself.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx
A degree in English department is focused on literature, writing, graduates will have to develop to firm grasp of English language and be really well read.
A graduate with English degree is armed with exceptional reading, writing and communication skills than employers are looking for. It literary pays to have a way with words.
Graduates have opportunities in education, government, journalism, media and every corner of the business world!
Critical thinking plus communication skills plus a Liberal Arts degree equals a foundation for success!