That is the question.
Excuse the Shakespeare joke. Predictable, sure. But isn’t that what English is all about? Shakespeare?
The answer is, umm, no. English majors are a varied bunch. Some are wordcrafters, in it for the creative writing of poetry, short stories, non-fiction, fiction and everything in between.
Others are readers with a wide range of different fascinations – Middle English literature or science fiction; detective fiction or modern women writers of South America; Shakespeare or writing from the Southern U.S. They want to know how to take an author’s work apart, analyze it, theorize on it, and synthesize it in with a range of other works.
Still others are interested by the history of English literature, from Geoffrey Chaucer to Joyce Carol Oates. Others prefer literary theory to look at the bigger picture of how writing works.
In any case, English is not for the faint of heart. Think it’s easy to lie on the couch all evening reading a good book?
OK, maybe it is. But thinking critically about that good book takes a sharp mind, a keen sense of observation, an ability to analyze well, and a flair for words to respond with. And let’s face it, not everybody has those goods.
English majors do, though. And they get to practice their skills in classes with some pretty varied topics. Here is just an example of English classes offered at RDC:
Folklore in Children’s Literature
Traditions in English Poetry
The Short Story
Canadian Multicultural Literature
Gothic Poetics of South Asian Indian Women Writers
Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction OR Poetry
If those classes sound interesting to you, the choice To Be an English Major may just be the right one.
Don’t Forget The U of C Collaborative Degree Program!
A great thing about doing an English degree at Red Deer College is that you don’t have to transfer after two years if you don’t want to. You can stay on at the RDC campus and apply to the University of Calgary Collaborative Degree program. This means you are a U of C student in every way, but you attend classes at RDC. Instructors from the U of C come up to teach senior-level classes and when you are finished, you have the same degree as a student who spent all four years (and much more money!) at the U of C.
Sweet deal! For information on the collaborative degree program, visit www.rdc.ab.ca/uofc_collab_degree or call Jen at 403.342.3313 or Alison at 403.357.3674.