Sunday, June 16, 2019


Introduction to the English Major is designed to help students become more sophisticated readers of literature, history, and culture, to apply their thoughts about literature to their everyday life, to become better and more sophisticated writers, and finally, to demonstrate a critical understanding of and appreciation for literature (including figurative language,  plot, character, point of view, imagery, theme, setting, irony, tone, symbols, and language).

The goal of this blog assignment is to provide students with opportunities to explore issues raised during class discussions, expand on ideas from the readings, and reflect on the culture they are experiencing.  My hope is that these blogs will provide us with a space to make connections between the readings we are doing and the experiences we are having in class and in the world around us

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


This J-term, there are 17 energetic students who are English majors, minors, or “Fellow Travelers” who will be blogging as part of their requirements for an Introduction to the English Major Course. You can follow their blogs to the right.

As an introduction to the major, this class will be thinking about genres, approaches to literature, literary terms, and literary movements. Also, this class will help students make educated and informed choices about how or why to pursue a degree in English, what track to follow, and what the English degree can do for them beyond their time at Mercyhurst.

I’m looking forward to seeing what they have to say. Why not check it out yourself?