St. Paul '12
I am a biology major and the may term course to York, England is a 3000 level English course. My only prior experience with an English course was an introduction level course: college writing. Why would I, a science major, go on a trip to read literature? My answer to this question is simple, it is because I am a science major and I learn from concrete facts. Is there a better way to learn about a culture than to live in it? I argue no; and so this was my driving force to take this class. I would be able to actually see the sights that I was reading about and not in some classroom in Morris reading about something that is not connected to my present world.
The course itself can sometimes be a challenge. The most difficult aspect of the class is learning to use the analytical side of my brain. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up in class discussion because most of the other students are English majors and so they understand other literary references that I simply have not been exposed to. Our professor, Janet Ericksen, does a wonderful job of explaining the literature to us non-majors. Even though it can be a challenge I find it very rewarding to overcome this challenge.
The trip has been everything I imagined it to be and so much more. The readings we have to do for the class connect so much to our surroundings. This connection between what we are studying and our physical surroundings allows the literature to really sink in.