By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College
Nearly four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote what are now considered to be the greatest plays in the English language. Although they are still studied widely by students today, including those at Grand Canyon University taking Shakespeare and the History of Drama, some find the language and messages to be complicated, confusing and at times outdated. But the more things change, the more they stay the same, and seemingly antiquated plays like “Hamlet” incorporate timeless motifs about procrastination and perfectionism that are relevant to college-aged students today. As Polonius, counselor to the king and father of Hamlet’s lover Ophelia says, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” (II.ii.195-6).
Shakespeare, Dickens, Marlowe, Shaw—the list goes on and on. The English language is certainly not suffering a lack of great writers, and there is no denying the beauty of a finely crafted bon mot a la Mark Twain. But do these classics still have a place in a modern curriculum? Why should students labor through Spenser’s “The Faerie Queen,” with somewhat cumbersome lines like “So slyding softly forth, she turned as to her ease.” Even if you do not plan on becoming an English teacher, you may one day find yourself defending the relevancy of these great classics in today’s digital world, and there are plenty of persuasive points in favor of them.
By Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is thrilled to release its third edition of the literary review first released in spring 2016. Over time the editorial board has changed, but the heart and passion put in to the creation of the journal has stayed the same.
By Amanda Ronan
Technical writers create communication and documentation for an organization or business. There are many things that go into technical writing and each position looks different depending on the writer’s skills and the company itself. A few things that are typical for technical writers to create are paper and digital operating instructions, how-to manuals, assembly instructions and “Frequently Asked Question” pages for end consumers.
People who build a successful career in professional writing have a genuine passion for it. If you love the written word and find it difficult to put down a good book, then you might go far in this field. The only question is exactly which type of writing you will pursue. There are plenty of options available to you, and you do not have to decide right away. Consider visiting the Career IMPACT Center at Grand Canyon University to speak with a career advisor.
By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
As an English major at Grand Canyon University, I get asked about my degree a lot. People often wonder what I will do with this seemingly “useless” degree. I am here to tell you that an English degree is not useless. In fact, there are many things you can do after college with one of these degrees under your belt.
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in History program covers everything from global civilizations and politics to women in history and economic issues, and it is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of societal development and structures. Keep reading for insight into whether the BA in History.
If you have a passion for writing, then consider earning Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing degree. Offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this program can prepare you to become an effective and professional writer.
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Spanish program provides students with a career-focused curriculum and is designed for native or non-native Spanish speakers. This degree is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and focuses on basic language and conversational skills; speaking and writing abilities; and the use of language conversationally and to understand cultural differences. If you are wondering if you would enjoy earning the BA in Spanish, then watch for these signs:
By Brian Raftery, MA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Two hundred years ago this summer, Jane Austen died at the age of 41. Although her novels were published anonymously and received scant attention during her brief life, they have rarely been out of print since and can now be enjoyed in 40 different languages and multiple screen and stage adaptations. As Austen herself might have said, it would not be an exaggeration to suggest that she has become one of the most beloved writers in the canon of English literature.