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When I tell people that I am an English major, their immediate response is "you “you must write a lot of papers!”  They don't understand that majoring in English is far more exciting than
the constant repetition of reading novels and writing about them.  The English program at W&J offers students an education that teaches thorough readingclear speaking and persuasive writing.  It's  It’s the ultimate triple threat. 

I have heard people express their belief that majoring in something like English restricts your career options.  Wrong again.  It's actually quite the opposite.  When graduating from W&J with an English degree, your career opportunities are endless.  The program prepares students for careers in business, teaching, law, public relations, human resources and many more.  English majors are the professional world's world’s secret weapon.  They are wanted everywhere because of their constant close analysis of material and ability to clearly reiterate their findings. 

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The course requirements and offerings can be found in the college catalog online (link posted below).  To finalize a major, students must complete a seminar course where they will concentrate on a particular topic throughout the semester and deliver a final presentation to the department. 

Now, you can't can’t have all work and no play! There are exciting campus clubs and activities that are affiliated with the English Department.  The Franklin Literary Society, supported by the English department, was one of the first student organizations at W&J and continues actively today. The club gives students the chance to join their peers and professors for rich discussion of literature and subjects surrounding it.  The Society sponsors an annual English Major Mixer (open to non-English majors too) that allows students to enjoy the company of their teachers and fellow classmates outside of the classroom.  Also, the Society takes a trip to downtown Pittsburgh about once a semester to watch a play.  

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Each intersession, Dr. Richard Easton teaches the class "London “London Theatre.”  Professor Easton knows that the only way his students will understand the theatre to its fullest extent is to actually travel to London---so he does.  He takes his class to London to actually indulge in the culture and truly understand the theatre.   The trip has been around since 1984 and is always a great time. 

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Throughout the course of its lifetime, the house has gone from home to dorms to engineering to classrooms to offices.  That's That’s a lot of switching around.  Through this process, the house gained some famously historic memories.   Davis Hall was actually once a stop on the underground railroad, and in the early 1930's1930’s, Charles Morse Stotz photographed the house that was later featured in his book, Early Architecture of Western Pennsylvania. 

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I never really knew what I wanted to do after College.  I just assumed that I would figure it out somewhere along the way.  People would tell me to take classes in different areas of study until eventually found one that I just fall in love with. That never really happened but I always loved English.  I really loved it, but I didn't didn’t know what I could do with it.  I didn't didn’t want to teach and I didn't didn’t really want to write.  After taking some English classes at W&J, I learned that my narrow view of what English was, was really very inaccurate.  So, I found myself in my senior year of my undergraduate still not knowing what I wanted to do.  I met with a professor at the school and he suggested law school.  I thought, "yea “yea right.”  However, after many meetings and pep talks he got me to sign up for the LSATs.  I did surprisingly well on the exam and with his guidance I applied to some law schools.  I got into the law school of my choice so I figured I give it a shot.

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