Our classes range from critical lectures to fun and exciting workshops here at Chadron State. Each professor is different and it provides for a range of classes and not just straight lectures. We can go into discussions about the meaning behind Wordsworth’s poem “Nutting” or discuss Gareth Hinds’s graphic novel version of “Beowulf.” We can learn about how John Smith really acted or about writing stories.
Our classes also use a range of different instructional methods. You may be asked to tweet about what you have read or discussed in class. You might get to blog about education and English. Don’t be surprised when tables are moved and you are sitting in a square to review a classmates story.
We love our classes because they provide a variety of different styles and teach us what we need to know. Variety is a great way to break the monotonous task of going from class to class. Each professor is different and the classes reflect that. You will be excited to go to class just to see what the professor has in store for you!
As a college student, there will be classes that you love and classes that you hate, but as an English major, I love almost all of my classes.
One of the reasons that I absolutely love my classes is the OPEN DISCUSSION. When you are discussing a piece of literature in class, your professor wants to hear your interpretations and what you think about what you read. They want you to share your opinions and ideas. I don’t know about you, but I like this idea of a classroom as opposed to having someone lecture at you for an hour and put you to sleep.
I also love our classes because our professors are excited about what they talk about! When a teacher is not excited about the material they are covering, class is so boring and awful to sit through. When your professor comes into the room ready to dive into a deep and interesting conversation about the material that you are covering, you want to go to class. Especially when you really have no idea what in the world the conversation can lead to. The professors always seem to have the element of surprise when it comes to class discussion.
Another ginormous reason that I love my classes is that there is not any homework that I find is pointless. As a pre-med major I was constantly doing worksheet after worksheet after worksheet for my classes and I abhorred it, with a passion. It was even more frustrating when the homework did not seem to make sense or correspond with what we were learning. As an English major, I have never done homework for a class that I thought was pointless and did not make sense. Most of our homework is simply reading the assigned piece of literature for the next class period so that we are ready for class discussion. Some of our teachers even have us Tweet what we thought about the reading, and that is pretty exciting stuff.
Being an English major is exciting and fun, especially when you have classes this great.