English - Major/Minor

For information, contact Professor LuAnn McCracken Fletcher, lmfletch@cedarcrest.edu, 610-606-4666, ext. 3396

Program Description

Students choosing to major in English may concentrate their studies in either literature or writing, or they may major in secondary education with an English concentration or major. 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 English major with literature or writing concentration is a 43 credit program; the Secondary Education major with English concentration or major requires 36 credits of English courses, along with its other requirements. The SAGE English major is a 40 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.

There are two AP exams in English Literature: 1) English Language and Composition and 2) English Literature and Composition. The student who presents an AP course in English Language and Composition 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 from the WRI-1 requirement.  The student who presents an AP course in English Literature and Composition with a test score of “4” or “5” receives credit for ENG 200.

Transfer students who wish to major in English must complete successfully a minimum of 18 credits of Cedar Crest College English courses; this figure includes a minimum of 12 credits of coursework taken at the 300-level.

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.

Course Requirements

English Major with Literature or Writing Concentration

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 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
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Plus choose one from the following courses:
ART 129 -or- ART 229 InDesign Computer Graphics Workshop I or II 1 credit each

COM 120 Introduction to New Media 4 credits
COM 252 Digital Journalism 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.

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 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 235 Topics in Nonfiction Writing 3 credits
ENG 352: English Seminar

Plus choose one from the following courses:
COM 100 Introduction to Communication 3 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Plus choose one from the following courses:
ART 129 -or- ART 229 InDesign Computer Graphics Workshop I or II 1 credit each

CIS 101 Technology for the Information Age 3 credits 

COM 120 Introduction to New Media 4 credits
COM 252 Digital Journalism 3 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 above under “Portfolio of Writing.”

Courses for the writing concentration may be selected from among the following:
BUA 300 Writing for Management
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 Topics in Creative Writing: Fiction
ENG 334 Topics in Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 335 Advanced Nonfiction Writing
ENG 370 Internship
HON 194 Honors Creative Writing
THS 332 Playwriting

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 English program director.

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.

English Concentration/Major for Secondary Education

The English  concentration for the Secondary Education  major may be taken as an English major which 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 303 Linguistics and the Development of the English Language 3 credits
ENG 352 English Seminar (capstone) 3 credits

Plus choose one from the following creative writing 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 film 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

In addition, students must take EDU 214: Adolescent Literacy and two more literature courses at the 300-level. The Oral Presentation and Technology requirements are met through coursework required by Secondary Education or as described below under Fulfillment of LAC Requirements.

Secondary education majors are strongly advised to complete their English coursework 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.

SAGE English Major

The SAGE 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
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Plus choose one from the following courses:
ART 129 -or- ART 229 InDesign Computer Graphics Workshop I or II 1 credit each

COM 120 Introduction to New Media 4 credits
COM 252 Digital Journalism 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.

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements

Students fulfill the Oral Presentation requirement with the satisfactory completion (C or better) of COM 100 or THS 105. Students fulfill the Technology requirement by satisfactorily completing ART 129, ART 229, COM 120, COM 250, or EDU 306 (if the student is completing a Secondary Education major); they meet the Information Literacy requirement through satisfactory completion of ENG 200, ENG 203, 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.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate a general knowledge of the history of literature in English and its cultural contexts, as well as a familiarity with a range of critical strategies that may be employed to illuminate the study of that literature.
  2. Students will demonstrate their competence in thoughtfully reading and critically analyzing works of literature.
  3. Students will demonstrate their ability to write effectively and creatively in a variety of genres and to employ effective revision strategies. Their writing will demonstrate their ability to formulate and think critically about an appropriate topic, to be aware of audience needs, to incorporate relevant research, and to follow appropriate standards for grammar, mechanics, and documentation procedures. Their writing will further evince freshness and originality, as well as their ability to employ literary and rhetorical devices and to make stylistic choices that are appropriate to the subject and the purpose of the work.
  4. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge of literature and critical strategies and their reading, speaking, and writing skills at a level that will lead to productive employment and citizenship. Some students will achieve a level of proficiency and interest in the discipline that will enable them to undertake advanced study in English or other disciplines.

 

English Minor

Course Requirements for the English Minor

A minor in English requires 18 credits, to consist of ENG 200, two literature electives at the 200 or 300 level, one literature or writing elective at the 200 or 300 level, one literature elective at the 300 level, and one literature or writing elective at the 300 level.

Students interested in pursuing a writing emphasis may wish to declare a Writing minor.