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We see you exploring your passion for literature and your talent for writing , while preparing to create your personal narrative of success, through career-preparation courses focused specifically on the Humanities.

As an English major, you’ll explore classic and contemporary works of American, British, and global literature, develop strengths in scholarly and creative writing, and examine more specialized areas through special topics courses and independent studies. 

The English major enables you to better understand your world through the spoken and written word, both within the academic setting and beyond.

Secondary Education Double Major

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

Evening English Major for Adult Students

Are you a nontraditional student? Visit our School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) for information on our evening English major program, designed with adult students in mind.

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Course Requirements

The English major requires a core of the following English courses:

ENG 101 Survey of British Literature I 3 credits or ENG 102 Survey of British Literature II 3 credits
ENG 120 Survey of American Literature 3 credits
ENG 105 Survey of World Literature I or ENG 245 Topics in World Literature 3 credits
ENG 200 Literary Analysis 3 credits
ENG 203 Literary Research Methods 3 credits
ENG 209 Narrating Your Success: Professional Development for Humanities Majors 3 credits
ENG 306 Chaucer 3 credits or ENG 311 Shakespeare or other major author course 3 credits
ENG 352 English Seminar (capstone) or designated capstone course 3 credits

Plus choose one from the following courses:

COM 100 Introduction to Communication 3 credits
COM 210 Interpersonal Communication 3 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Plus choose one from the following courses:

ENG 237: Writing for the Web 3 credits
COM 107 Digital Imaging with Photoshop 
COM 108 Digital Design with Adobe 
COM 120 Introduction to New Media 3 credits

In addition, the student chooses six more English courses, at least four of which must be at the 300-level.  English majors should 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.  Honors Explorations courses taught by English faculty members may count as advanced courses for the major.  Two of the required electives may be writing courses.  Students may count no more than two courses from a writing major or minor, or from the Honors program, towards their English major. 

The English faculty also strongly recommend that, beyond courses counting for the major, students take at least two American and/or world history courses.  The English faculty further recommend that, beyond courses counting for the major, students take two sequential international language or culture classes, especially if the student is considering graduate study or wishes to broaden their familiarity with diverse literatures.

Course Requirements for the English Minor

A minor in English requires 18 credits, to consist of ENG 200, two literature electives at the 100, 200, or 300 level, one literature or writing elective at the 100, 200, or 300 level, one literature elective at the 300 level, and one literature or writing elective at the 300 level.  Students must receive departmental approval to have a course count for the minor if the same course is also being used to fulfill another major or another minor.  No more than two courses from a student’s major may be used to satisfy the requirements for the English minor.

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

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