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Check out the updated Major/Minor Handbook for 2014-2015.Congratulations to the winners of the 2013-2014 English Department prizes. The Department is proud of your achievements.
Why All Students Should Consider Majoring in English: Here is a persuasive essay from a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education: "The Ideal English Major."
The English B. A. — Is it the Best of Degrees, or the Worst of Degrees? (And if you're pursuing the English B. A. and don't recognize the allusion in the previous sentence, you need to read more!) You get to decide the answer: first, check out the recent Salary.com article "Eight College Degrees That Will Earn Your Money Back"; you'll be delighted to learn that English is right up there with chemical engineers and IT managers. (Be sure to email that link to your parents!) Then, read this article from Kiplinger's that highlights the ten degrees that represent "the worst value in college majors." (Suggestion: don't send this link to your parents.)
A number of English faculty have been featured on the College of Arts and Science's radio show "Segue" and in the Edwardsville Intelligencer's weekly "College Talk" column. Check out the audio interviews and/or the columns featuring the following:
Helena Gurfinkel on Victorian literature and culture — and the debt we owe those Victorians.
Kristine Hildebrandt on disappearing languages and dialectical difference:
Carl Springer on the link between paganism and Christianity, to say nothing of Latin: