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About the BA in English Degree

Why Study English at Cedarville?

If you have a passion for words — both reading and writing — then Cedarville's English program will feel like home! Through coursework that's marked by a distinctly biblical worldview, you'll develop a far-reaching liberal arts foundation and join a vibrant academic community devoted to reading deeply, writing well, and following Christ.

Your core courses for the BA in English degree include Literary Analysis, Literary Theory, and Introduction to Creative Writing. You'll also have the opportunity to choose a concentration: creative writing, cross-disciplinary studies, literary studies, rhetoric and composition, or a pathway to your MBA. No matter what focus you choose, you'll graduate with a deeper understanding and appreciation of words, well equipped to represent and glorify Christ in a wide variety of careers.

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

Program Overview

Program Highlights

Versatility — You will take a diverse set of courses, preparing you for a variety of career fields.

Community — You will forge lasting bonds with your professors and classmates as you tackle life's big questions in and out of the classroom.

Rigor — You will be challenged to read, think, and communicate at higher levels, and learn the satisfaction of developing your mind and talents.

Truth — You will learn to take every thought captive as you read great literature and respond from a Christian worldview.

What Can You Do With a Degree in English?

What can you do with an English degree? Our English majors receive breadth and depth in their education and are well-equipped for a variety of occupations. Our graduates are working across the nation and around the globe, engaging the culture with the heart and mind of Christ.

Recent graduates are working in areas such as:

  • Business and organization leadership
  • Creative writing
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Ministry
  • Missions
  • Public relations
  • Publishing

Graduate and professional programs and employers welcome Cedarville University graduates each year. It is important to note that some professional career fields you may pursue require additional education, experience, and/or licensure beyond the completion of your Cedarville University undergraduate degree.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 95.8% of recent graduates from the Department of English, Literature, and Modern Languages were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville’s other placement rates.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

You will have opportunities on campus and beyond that will complement your coursework.

Alpha Kappa DeltaAKD is the Cedarville University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society.

The MiracleThe Miracle is Cedarville University's yearbook, which students produce annually. You will have opportunity to gain real experience with writing, editing, and design.

The Cedarville ReviewThe Cedarville Review annually publishes student prose, poetry, visual art and photography. The journal also provides a platform for student editors seeking editorial and design experience as part of a special topics literature course.

The Writing Center — The Writing Center is a campus service that helps people to learn writing skills from highly qualified and trained students. The writing center often hires English majors.

Foreign Film Series — The Foreign Film Series provides the Cedarville community an opportunity to view interesting and challenging films from around the world. The series allows viewers to peer into often unfamiliar cultures through the eyes of the cultures themselves.

Study Abroad — World studies and study abroad opportunities. Study creative writing and literature in Ireland, Spain, England, France, Germany, and Greece.

Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will acquire the critical skills you need to study literature across periods and genres. You will be able to travel abroad with Cedarville professors, hone editorial skills, minor in creative writing, and explore a wide range of special topics courses.

This major is offered with either a three-year or four-year completion plan.

This major offers an accelerated bachelor's-to-master's pathway for students interested in pursuing their MBA.

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Save time and money in college by taking dual enrollment courses now. Discover how you can complete your English degree in just three years with the Dual Enrollment 3-Year Pathway.

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Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

Program Level and Format

  • Undergraduate
  • Residential
  • 3-Year Option
  • 4-Year
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