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English Major

Explore your passion for literature and your talent for writing while working with published authors and poets.

As a student in the English major at Cedar Crest College, you will explore classic and contemporary works of American, British and world literature. You’ll develop your own creativity and writing skills–all in a supportive, challenging setting.

You will also engage in passionate discussions about literature and your own work, enabling you to grow as a writer, critical thinker and person.

This program will prepare you for a career in one or more of the following areas:

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Media
  • Public relations
  • Business
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Education

Choose Your Concentration

Cedar Crest students who major in English may concentrate their studies in either literature or writing, or combine an English major with a co-major in secondary education.

Literature. Read the best the English language has to offer. As a student focused on interpreting literature, you’ll build critical thinking skills and sensitivity to cultures other than your own. Students with a literature concentration are well prepared for graduate study in English and other fields, including law and medicine, or careers in business, media, and public relations.

Writing. Explore the joys of language and the limitless challenge and reward that a career in writing offers. As a student with a writing concentration, you will study and practice multiple genres--including nonfiction, fiction and poetry--before choosing one genre to focus on for advanced study. Students with a writing concentration are well prepared for graduate study in creative writing or careers in publishing, journalism, and more.

Secondary Education Co-Major. As an educator, you will be able to share your passion for literature with young minds. Cedar Crest offers an English co-major in conjunction with the education department, helping students prepare for a career in secondary education.

Program Requirements

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English Major, Literature Concentration

The English major with literature concentration requires a core of the following English courses:

  • ENG 200 Literary Analysis (3 credits)
  • ENG 203 Literary Research Methods (3 credits)
  • ENG 201 Survey of British Literature I or ENG 202 Survey of British Literature II (3 credits)
  • ENG 220 Survey of American Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 205 Survey of World Literature I or ENG 245 Topics in World Literature ) (3 credits)
  • ENG 306 Chaucer 3 credits or ENG 311 Shakespeare (3 credits)
  • ENG 352 English Seminar (capstone) (3 credits)

Plus choose one from the following courses:

  • COM 100 Introduction to Communication (3 credits)
  • COM 278 Debate and Argumentation (3 credits)
  • THS 105 Public Speaking (3 credits)

Plus choose one from the following courses:

  • ART 132 or ART 232 In Design Computer Graphics Workshop I or II (1 credit)
  • CIS 101 Technology for the Information Age (3 credits)
  • COM 120 Introduction to New Media (4 credits)

In addition, the student chooses six more English courses, at least four of which must be at the 300 level. English majors must take the surveys either before or concurrently with the corresponding 300-level courses. Students must take at least one 300-level British literature course and one 300-level American literature course; they are, however, encouraged to take more than this minimum number. Two of the required electives may be writing courses. Students are strongly recommended to take ENG 382: Literary Theory and Criticism, particularly if they are considering graduate study in English.

It is also strongly recommended that students take at least two American and/or European history courses and two sequential language classes.

Writing Portfolio Requirements
Students should retain all graded papers and essay exams related to their English coursework. Within the first two weeks of their final semester, students will be asked to present a portfolio for review. Information about the required content for the portfolio may be found in the Guide for English Majors, available from the English program director.


English Major, Writing Concentration

The English major with writing concentration requires a core of the following English courses:

  • ENG 200 Literary Analysis (3 credits)
  • ENG 203 Literary Research Methods (3 credits)
  • ENG 201 Survey of British Literature I or ENG 202 Survey of British Literature II (3 credits)
  • ENG 220 Survey of American Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 205 Survey of World Literature I or ENG 245 Topics in World Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 235 Topics in Nonfiction Writing (3 credits)
  • ENG 352: English Seminar (3 credits)

Plus choose one from the following courses:

  • COM 100 Introduction to Communication (3 credits)
  • COM 278 Debate and Argumentation (3 credits)
  • THS 105 Public Speaking (3 credits)

Plus choose one from the following courses:

  • ART 132 or ART 232 In Design Computer Graphics Workshop I or II (1 credit)
  • CIS 101 Technology for the Information Age (3 credits)
  • COM 120 Introduction to New Media (4 credits)

In addition, students take one additional literature course at the 300 level and five additional writing courses, including at least one sequence. Two of these writing courses must be taken at the 300 level. Students are encouraged to complete a writing internship as part of their major. The final requirement for the major is met with the preparation of a professional portfolio suitable for submission to a graduate program in writing or to a prospective employer. This portfolio is the one required of all majors and is submitted during the first two weeks of a student’s final semester, as indicated below under “Writing Portfolio Requirements.”

Courses for the writing concentration may be selected from among the following:

  • COM 150 Intro to Journalism
  • COM 152 The Crestiad Staff
  • ENG 233 Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 234 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 235 Topics in Nonfiction Writing
  • ENG 333 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 334 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 335 Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • ENG 390 Internship
  • HON 194 Honors Creative Writing
  • BUA 300 Writing for Management

ENG 235 Topics in Nonfiction Writing may be repeated as the topic changes. Other special topics courses in writing may be offered from time to time. On occasion, students may count other WRI2 courses for the major; permission to do so will be required, however, from either the director of writing or the adviser for the writing minor.

It is also strongly recommended that students take at least two American and/or European history courses and two sequential language classes.

Writing Portfolio Requirements
Students should retain all graded papers and essay exams related to their English coursework. Within the first two weeks of their final semester, students will be asked to present a portfolio for review. Information about the required content for the portfolio may be found in the Guide for English Majors, available from the English program director.


English and Secondary Education Co-Major

The English major with secondary education co-major requires a core of the following English courses:

  • ENG 200 Literary Analysis (3 credits)
  • ENG 203 Literary Research Methods (3 credits)
  • ENG 201 Survey of British Literature I or ENG 202 Survey of British Literature II (3 credits)
  • ENG 220 Survey of American Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 205 Survey of World Literature I or ENG 245 Topics in World Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 306 Chaucer 3 credits or ENG 311 Shakespeare (3 credits)
  • ENG 303 Linguistics and the Development of the English Language (3 credits)
  • ENG 352 English Seminar (capstone) (3 credits)

Plus choose one from the following courses:

  • ENG 233 Creative Writing: Fiction (3 credits)
  • ENG 234 Creative Writing: Poetry (3 credits)
  • ENG 235 Topics in Nonfiction Writing (3 credits)

Plus choose one from the following courses:

  • COM 140 Introduction to Film (3 credits)
  • COM 240 History of Cinema (3 credits)
  • COM 244 Topics in Film (3 credits)
  • ENG 280 Women Go to the Movies: From Book to Film (3 credits)
  • HIS 220/HON 220 Film and History: Visions and Revisions of the Past (3 credits)

Plus choose one from the following courses:

  • COM 100 Introduction to Communication (3 credits)
  • COM 278 Debate and Argumentation (3 credits)
  • THS 105 Public Speaking (3 credits)

Plus take the following course:

  • EDU 207 Technology for Educators (3 credits)

In addition, students must take three more English courses, at least two of which must be literature courses at the 300 level.

English and secondary education co-majors are strongly advised to complete their English major before student teaching. To qualify for student teaching and secondary certification in English, students must attain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their English major courses.

Students majoring in elementary education should consult with the education department for requirements associated with the completion of the education program. Elementary education students must take ENG 303.

Writing Portfolio Requirements
Students should retain all graded papers and essay exams related to their English coursework. Within the first two weeks of their final semester, students will be asked to present a portfolio for review. Information about the required content for the portfolio may be found in the Guide for English Majors, available from the English program director.