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  • ENFJ

    1 7.14%
  • INFJ

    1 7.14%
  • ENFP

    1 7.14%
  • INFP

    2 14.29%
  • ENTJ

    1 7.14%
  • INTJ

    2 14.29%
  • ENTP

    2 14.29%
  • INTP

    4 28.57%
  • ESTJ

    0 0%
  • INTJ

    0 0%
  • ESTP

    0 0%
  • ISTP

    0 0%
  • ESFJ

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  • ISFJ

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    Although I majored in political science, I'm going to be going back to school either for the summer or winter semester, and I will be doing a bilingual program in German and English if everything works the way I hope it will. Then I will get my MA in applied linguistics with a concentration in English at a German university, which should take me about three years as they do not accept my BA in full.

    Later on, I might strive to get my PhD, depending on my financial situation and the job offers I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unkindloving View Post
    Your poll has INTJ twice. Your likely unintentional neglect for ISTJs makes my heart a tad warmer .

    I'm not an English major, but i do know an INTP and ISTJ who are.
    That's what I get for rushing. I blame this damn ADD and ENTP lack of follow-through.

    EDIT: Interesting so far that INTP is leading the list. I will admit that I expected the NFs to run with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    Other than art or cooking, English is the last subject I would want to major in. From the little that I know about the subject, I am having a difficult time understanding how anyone who is interested in understanding reality could do work in 'academic English' without any great discomfort. Too often the Postmodernist dogma reigns and many ideas are reduced to 'interpretations' or 'perspective' as a result. I keep getting the impression that the whole discipline promotes the belief that what truly matters is understanding a person's viewpoint, his biases and personal opinions rather than the essence of the studied ideas. I understand that they'd retort that it is important for people to acknowledge their bias and not mistake their arbitrary opinions for facts or that complete objectivity is impossible. However, I do not see this as a sufficient excuse to ignore the pursuit of truth altogether. I am not claiming that this is what every savant of English believes, but it seems to me that many do, possibly even an average professional in the field does. That is unsurprising to me as the discipline is first and foremost an art. Just as artists can't be expected to be deeply interested in understanding the world, the literature enthusiasts should not be expected to do so either.

    I'd love to have someone on the forum post a plausible argument in an attempt to refute my conclusion. For a long time I've been looking for a reason to treat this discipline with some measure of intellectual respect, yet my endeavor has been futile thus far.
    and that sums up why you aren't interested doesn't it... you have to study OTHER people's opinions as well as your own

    Literature is a valid choice of things to study because by learning other people's perspectives we can better relate to/manipulate other people (the slash because I don't know WHAT people are up to with that sort of knowledge )

    English is a valid choice so that people do not write serious topics in text speak... which would probably turn our brains into pudding It also sometimes brings life to people's writing so that people will WILLINGLY read thier posts because they're pleasant to read... THERE'S a thought for ya!

    There's a difference between English and Lit which you failed to distinguish in your post
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    What's the difference between English and Literature?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    What's the difference between English and Literature?
    English is usually used to refer to composition and professional writing (sometimes creative writing)- english is learning the mechanisms and uses of the English language (like studying Spanish or Italian!)

    Literature is studying things written by other people and analyzing them- there's sub classifications like Women's Lit, English Lit, American Lit and so on.

    The major difference is one teaches you the creating aspect- how to write and edit- while the other teaches you the analytical aspect.

    These differences usually aren't set in place until college- though we had seperate comp and lit classes for AP students senior year of high school
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    English is usually used to refer to composition and professional writing (sometimes creative writing)- english is learning the mechanisms and uses of the English language (like studying Spanish or Italian!)

    Literature is studying things written by other people and analyzing them- there's sub classifications like Women's Lit, English Lit, American Lit and so on.

    The major difference is one teaches you the creating aspect- how to write and edit- while the other teaches you the analytical aspect.

    These differences usually aren't set in place until college- though we had seperate comp and lit classes for AP students senior year of high school
    In that case, I am forced to acknowledge that there is a distinction worth taking note of. However, I am getting the hunch that these are not separate disciplines but merely two parts of the same discipline. The study in question here appears to be a study of literature. One part is teaching you how to create it and the other how to interpret it. In my University, Literature classes were labelled as English classes, I don't know if the case is the same in most other colleges. Do you think the difference between English and literature is vast enough to regard them as altogether different disciplines or are they similar enough to be called two sub-disciplines of one academic study?
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    I know what Solitary Walker is talking about, and you guys are giving 'em too much flak.

    Look at what Salinger did because of pretentious English Lit. majors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    In that case, I am forced to acknowledge that there is a distinction worth taking note of. However, I am getting the hunch that these are not separate disciplines but merely two parts of the same discipline. The study in question here appears to be a study of literature. One part is teaching you how to create it and the other how to interpret it. In my University, Literature classes were labelled as English classes, I don't know if the case is the same in most other colleges. Do you think the difference between English and literature is vast enough to regard them as altogether different disciplines or are they similar enough to be called two sub-disciplines of one academic study?
    I think that they're distinct enough to consider them seperate disciplines- they're like Political Science and Sociology- you have to have an understanding of the other to really understand either one well

    They're both in the English and Literature department at the University I attended but a very distinct distinction is made between the two in that field. Most colleges consider Foreign Languages and Literature to be it's own department and Spanish is definitley different than Mandarin!

    I have a friend who has a degree in English Lit- this is considered a completely different degree than my sister's Creative Writing degree with a Professional Writing minor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blank View Post
    I know what Solitary Walker is talking about, and you guys are giving 'em too much flak.

    Look at what Salinger did because of pretentious English Lit. majors.
    I'm just saying you can't paint them all with the same brush

    I give flak to those who give flak
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    There's a difference between English and Lit
    My degree was both. Actually, it had three parts: English/Lit/Creative Writing.
    My workload was heavy compared to just the regular ENG majors.
    As if that wasn't bad enough, I also have a Psychology degree.
    I guess I was a masochist.

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