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  • Luther students can register in Arts, Science, or Media, Art, and Performance degree programs. Luther students are U of R students and receive a U of R degree.

  • The Luther Library has over 24,000 items in its collection, 5,000 books checked out per year, and 7,000 students who come through its door per month.

  • The Luther College Residence is a great place for student athletes; it’s conveniently located and comes with a great meal plan.

  • ALL U of R students including Luther students can take Luther courses.

  • Luther students can sign up for the UR Guarantee program - get a guaranteed job after you graduate!

  •  Every single degree program at Luther College offers an optional experiential learning component; gain real world experience and get paid while you go to school!

  • Luther College welcomes students of all faiths, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, genders, and sexual orientation.

  • Luther College offers year-round campus and residence tours as well as one-on-one enrollment counselling.

Luther Profs: Bringing Dexter into the Classroom

We unapologetically brag up our students often (and do not intend to stop anytime soon), but our instructors are also pretty stellar. English Instructor Scott J. Wilson, to name just one – well, we think he’s pretty cool.

And not just cool in a tea drinking, glasses wearing, tweed elbow patches kind of way, but in a teaching classes on popular fiction (think Dexter), and giving podcast interviews at local breweries kind of cool.

Scott completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta, majoring in English and carried on to graduate school at the University of Regina where he completed his Master of Arts degree in English. His Master’s thesis, entitled, (Cult)ural Capital: Post-Consumerism and Post-Abjection in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, was nominated for the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. Its topic speaks to his interest in examining popular culture and its commentary on transgression, irony, abjection, mortality, and masculinity. Luckily for his students, this means some interesting classes.

In his Transgressive Fiction class, for example, he’s had his students examine the popular TV series Dexter, as well novels and their film adaptations, such as Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, and Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho. Palahniuk’s novels Survivor and Choke (also adapted to film) were also on the syllabus, as well as Patrick Suskind's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (another novel adapted for film), which, Scott informs us, was said to be Kurt Cobain's favourite novel.

His Illness Narratives course, which looks at medicine and mortality, have engaged the medical TV drama House, M.D., John Green’s novel, The Fault in our Stars, and the Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a memoir by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby (both of which are also films).

He tells us he’s currently working on a graphic novels/comics version of the illness narratives class, and to that we say, “can we pre-emptively get on a wait-list?!”

When he’s not teaching these intriguing classes, Scott’s at Regina’s Rebellion Brewing giving podcast interviews on Fight Club (okay, so he only did this once). Listen to his full podcast episode here: Fight Club w/ Scott Wilson – E26.

Scott is also Luther’s Writing Across the Disciplines Coordinator, which means that as he’s working to ensure that his students are critically assessing the pop culture they engage with over the course of a Netflix-binge weekend, he’s also making sure that they can organize and convey their reflections through high-level writing.   

Scott embodies much of what makes the best kind of instructor – he’s multifaceted, he thinks outside the box, and is flexible in a way that allows him to keep students interested and invested in an English class, while also talking about Fight Club over a pint.

So, with teachers like that, we ask you: how can we not brag?!