Poetry and literature are all very fine, but being able to dash off a sestina is a talent that pays no bills and who reads poetry anymore?
So might your relatives say. But an English major teaches you two very basic and very key skills: reading and writing.
Even more, it develops and deepens those skills so you learn to read more closely, carefully and critically and to dissect the meaning of anything written, from a novel to blog post to a diagnostic report about your son’s behavior issues at school.
Our ability to use words and express ourselves did not arise overnight. An English major teaches you the history of where our language and ways of expressing ourselves come from.
Writing papers analyzing the heroic qualities of Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost may not seem to be the best preparation for future employment. But whether via email, Twitter, texts or other social media formats, many of us are constantly writing to communicate and a solid command of English is essential. Indeed, very often now, words exchanged over the internet are the only way we interact with a number of individuals: words and writing really matter a lot today.
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