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Major Spotlight: Baz DeMar

Double majoring in Art History, this junior analyzes both text and visuals
January 27, 2021

Year: Junior
Hometown: Arcadia, WI

Why did you choose to major in English?

I wanted something to supplement my Art History major, and I thought that English would be a great way to hone my writing skills. Plus I just love studying literature!

"The textual analysis and writing
practice I get with my coursework
in ENGL classes helps a lot with
my writing for my ARTH classes."

What has been your favorite part of your experience in the department?

Getting the chance to read things I otherwise wouldn't have the time for. I got to read a lot of Shakespeare's works for ENGL 3007, which I loved. I couldn't really see myself being able to sit down and read them if I hadn't been in that class.

Are you pursuing any majors, minors, internships, or interests outside your English major?

I'm also tackling the Art History major. I find that the textual analysis and writing practice I get with my coursework in ENGL classes helps a lot with my writing for my ARTH classes. I would say the Art History major enhances my study of English by also giving opportunities to work on my writing, as I've had to do a lot of visual analysis writing for those courses. They both help each other out nicely.

What English course would you recommend for majors? For non-majors who want to take an English class?

For anyone: Any class taught by Professor Elaine Auyoung. She has been amazing during online teaching. Kind and understanding, she deeply cares about her students. She also explains everything super well and even emails recaps of classes so we can remember main points. I took ENGL 3001W with her last fall. Majors, if you need that class still, try to take it with her if you can!!

Best movie you've seen recently?

A Silent Voice. It's an animated movie from Japan on Netflix. It's about a hearing guy and a deaf girl that he bullied a lot in elementary school and how he wants to make amends with her now that they've grown up. I'd recommend it to pretty much everyone, but especially if you're a fan of dramas.