Fall 2017 Welcome to English Majors

Welcome to English! According to Walter Pater, the aim of art is “to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass.” This is why I majored in English over thirty years ago and why you might consider a similar path today. English allows you to travel without leaving your chair, to fight the battles of the ages without enlisting, to step out of your skin and try on other lives. As Emily Dickinson argues, “The brain is wider than the sky.” Of course, English has its practical side too. Majoring in English will prepare you to teach and write and edit, or provide a foundation for law or business or the non- profit sector. Most importantly, though, it will help you to live your life more humanely, to think and synthesize, to interrogate and expose, to improvise and collaborate, and, to quote Thoreau, “to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” Let the tutorial begin.

~ Dr. Lance Larsen, English Dept. Chair