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CATALOG • 2009-2010


English – Major/Minor

For information, contact Dr. LuAnn McCracken Fletcher.
The English major offers students a solid, fundamental background in American, British, and World literature; allows students to develop strengths in creative, scholarly, and professional writing; and invites students to explore more specialized areas such as linguistics and critical theory. The major is designed to prepare students for graduate study and for careers in teaching, publishing, business, government, journalism, advertising, and other language-related fields. Students may choose to concentrate their studies in either literature or writing.

Grade Requirements

All courses within the English major and minor must be passed with a grade of C or better. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 and a minimum average in the major or minor of 2.0 must be achieved. WRI 100 is a general college requirement and does not count toward the English major or minor or the Writing minor; credits in composition earned at other institutions also do not apply to English majors or minors.

Transfer students who wish to major or minor in English must complete successfully a minimum of 18 credits in English taken in residence, which includes a minimum of 12 credits of coursework in English at the 300-level. Post-baccalaureate and master's students seeking secondary certification in English who attained less than a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate English major are ordinarily required to take a minimum of 18 credits in English at Cedar Crest and attain a minimum 3.0 GPA in these courses in order to receive departmental approval for student teaching.

Advanced Placement Credit

The student who presents an AP course with a test score of “5” receives an exemption from WRI 100 and three credits equivalent to WRI 100. Students who present an AP course with a test score of “4” receive three credits but no exemption.

College-wide Requirements

Students fulfill the Oral Presentation requirement with the satisfactory completion (C or better) of CST 110, CST 270, or THS 105. Students fulfill the Technology requirement by satisfactorily completing CIS 101 or EDU 306 (if the student is completing a Secondary Education co-major); they meet the Information Literacy requirement through satisfactory completion of ENG 200 and ENG 352.
Students will meet the WRI2 requirement through satisfactory completion of ENG 200. With regard to the ML requirement, the student may fulfill half of the requirement with MAT 102 or MAT 110, or—if the student intends to go to graduate school—MAT 141. PHI 131 is recommended for the second required ML course.

Portfolio of Writing

Students should retain all graded papers and essay exams related to their English course work. 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 Categories

The English program offers three categories of majors:
• English major with either a literature or a writing concentration
• English major with secondary education co-major
• LVAIC evening English major


Requirements for the English Major with Literature or Writing Concentration (45 credits)
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 3 credits
ENG 220 Survey of American Literature 3 credits
A world literature course (ENG 205 or ENG 345) 3 credits
ENG 311 Shakespeare 3 credits
ENG 352 English Seminar (capstone) 3 credits
Plus choose one from the following courses:
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 credits
CST 270 Debate and Argumentation 3 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Plus take CIS 101: Technology for the Information Age (3 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.

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 3 credits
ENG 220 Survey of American Literature 3 credits
A world literature course (ENG 205 or ENG 345) 3 credits
ENG 235 Topics in Nonfiction Writing 3 credits

Plus choose one from the following courses:
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 credits
CST 270 Debate and Argumentation 3 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Plus take CIS 101: Technology for the Information Age (3 credits)

In addition, students take two additional literature courses 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 above under “Portfolio of Writing.”

Courses for the writing concentration may be selected from among the following:
CST 180 Intro to Journalism
CST 216 “The Crestiad” Staff
ENG 233 Creative Writing: Fiction
ENG 234 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 333 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
ENG 334 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 335 Advanced Nonfiction Writing
ENG 390 Internship
FNA 103 Introduction to the Fine Arts
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 otherWRI2 courses for the major; permission to do so will be required, however, from either the Director of Writing or the Advisor for the Writing Minor.
For both the English major with literature and writing concentrations, the English faculty also strongly recommend that, beyond courses counting for the major, students take at least two American and/or European history courses. The English faculty further recommend that, beyond courses counting for the major, students take two sequential language classes.

Requirements for the English Major with Secondary Education (45 credits)
This 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 3 credits
ENG 220 Survey of American Literature 3 credits
A world literature course (ENG 205 or ENG 345) 3 credits
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:
CST 130 Introduction to Film 3 credits
CST 240 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:
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 credits
CST 270 Debate and Argumentation 3 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Plus choose one from the following courses:
CIS 101 Technology for the Information Age 3 credits
EDU 306 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.
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.

LVAIC Evening English Major (42 credits)
This 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 3 credits
ENG 220 Survey of American Literature 3 credits
A world literature course (ENG 205 or ENG 345) 3 credits
ENG 311 Shakespeare 3 credits
ENG 352 English Seminar (capstone) 3 credits

Plus choose one from the following courses:
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 credits
CST 270 Debate and Argumentation 3 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Plus take CIS 101: Technology for the Information Age (3 credits).

In addition, students choose five more English courses, at least three of which must be at the 300-level.

The English faculty strongly recommend that, beyond courses counting for the major, students take one or more American and/or European history courses.

English Minor (18 credits)

A minor in English requires ENG 200, ENG 201, ENG 220, and three additional courses with the designation ENG; at least two courses must be at the 300 level.
Students interested in pursuing a writing emphasis may wish to declare a Writing minor. See the separate listing for this minor in the academic program section of the catalog.