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November 24, 2018

“Believe in something,” Nike’s newest ad campaign flashes across the screen. “Even if it means sacrificing everything.” These words sit over an intense picture of Colin Kaepernick’s face, a close up showing a determined look, proclaiming him the new spokesperson for th...

December 4, 2017

A common topic of discussion among my fellow English majors and creative writing students here at NAU is the limited classes offered that both appeal to them and focus on their creative writing emphasizes. If you’re not an English major and don’t understand this strugg...

November 29, 2017

Have you heard about PIE?  While the Department of Global Languages and Cultures does not offer courses in English as a foreign language, NAU does offer the opportunity for international students to improve their English.  The Program in Intensive English is a program...

November 20, 2017

If you have thought about studying abroad, you are not alone.  Besides the obviously enticing aspects of a semester abroad, international experience can be essential to a student’s future success.  Globalization is now an undeniable force and is affecting almost every...

November 15, 2017

What is classic literature? This is an essential question in literary criticism, but also in the daily lives of ordinary readers. In order to answer it, these additional questions must also be considered:

1. Are classic and classical literature the same thing?

Not usuall...

November 3, 2017

For some, writing essays can be one of the most intimidating activities that one must complete during their tenure at college. Students from every major will have to write an essay at some point, so it is important to know how to complete these assignments. Of course,...

January 15, 2017

Previously, we examined textual functions and their uses in spoken discourse. By separating the “social” functions of words from the linguistic functions of words, we were able to see that even the most seemingly minute “filler words,” or pragmatic markers, serve vital...

December 9, 2016

As I explained in the first part of this two part blog entry of mine, internships are an important part of making yourself competitive in the job industry, especially if you’re trying to get a job in book publishing, for example. One way you can apply to internships is...

December 6, 2016

College is supposed to teach you things, like how to think, how to learn to work together, or how to write a ten-page essay about nothing in particular. While yes, there are some forms of higher education that provide more information than others, speaking from a stric...

November 25, 2016

Getting a degree in English is not something most people are familiar with. They hear your major, and boom! Teaching is the only possible career that pops into their head. You know that old saying about, “If I had a nickel for every time….” Well, if I had been collecti...

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