I'm considering taking online courses/doing a part time degree in English for interest reasons. Will this be worth it?
I recently finished a master's degree in engineering, but I have always loved English and long had the tug-of-war between science and literature. I don't regret going the technical path, but I miss the intellectual challenge and creativity of English courses (and feel like my capacity for sharp writing and even discourse has falling in the last few years).
During a particularly (s)low point in my last degree, I audited a Contemporary American Fiction course at my university and found it completely exciting and reviving. However, due to my time restrains and audit standing, I didn't write essays or exams for the course. With all the new year's ruminations this week, I've been thinking about pursuing this a bit more seriously in my spare time.
I've been looking into taking courses at online universities (like Athabasca
), but they aren't cheap. I would obviously be starting with introductory courses and work my way up to more specific topics, so I could potentially move very slowly toward a degree if I found that I was really enjoying it (something like a 3-year, non-honours degree... but not completed within three years). I would probably just pick one credit at a time since I'm pretty green in the workload and time requirements for humanities courses.
Considering the cost and that this is merely for my interest's sake, would this be silly? Is there a different, more effective way that I could stimulate and cultivate this interest? I participate in book clubs and very casual blog writing, but I'd like direct feedback on my writing and ideas and a chance to develop more critical thinking skills. And it would give me an excuse to read more challenging fiction in my spare time. Any advice?