Catalog • 2012-2013

Evening English - Major/Minor

For information, contact Dr. LuAnn McCracken Fletcher.

Program Description

Students choosing to major in English may concentrate their studies in either literature or writing, or they may combine an English major with a co-major in secondary education. Adult students may complete an English major through evening and online offerings through SAGE.

Program Mission Statement

As a liberal arts discipline, the English program's mission strongly promotes the overall mission of Cedar Crest College, in particular the College’s broad principles of “scholarship, liberal arts, creativity,” “women’s leadership,” and “global connectivity.” 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. More generally, the discipline of English enables students to better understand and respond to their world through the spoken and written word, both within the academic setting and beyond.

Total Number of Credits Required by Program: The SAGE English major is a 42 credit program.

Program 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. 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.

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.

Evening English Major

Course Requirements

The Evening English 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 3 credits –or–
ENG 202 Survey of British Literature II 3 credits
ENG 220 Survey of American Literature 3 credits
A world literature course (ENG 205 or ENG 245) 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 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.

Evening English Minor

Course Requirements for the English Minor

A minor in English requires 18 credits, to consist of ENG 200, ENG 201 or ENG 202, 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.