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Bachelor of Arts in English

About the B.A. in English Degree

Students join our program because God has given them a love for words — for reading and for writing. They stay because they find a home in a vibrant academic community devoted to reading deeply, writing well, and following Christ. When they leave our program, our graduates enter a wide variety of careers because Cedarville’s distinctively Christian B.A. in English degree has given them a far-reaching liberal arts foundation. Our students are well prepared to be salt and light in a fast-changing marketplace and culture.

English 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 I 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

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

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

Alpha Kappa Delta

AKD is the Cedarville University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society.

The Miracle

The 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 Review

The 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.

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Alumni Spotlight

Rachael Wolfenden, a 2016 graduate, is using her English degree as the Medical Editor for FORCE Communications in Indianapolis.

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Visiting Writers

Acclaimed writers representing a variety of genres visit campus each year to interact with students, teach master classes within the creative writing minor, and give readings.

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Rafting Trip – New River, WV

Who said English majors have to be boring? It’s not all about reading and writing, we like to have and build community too. Fun activities outside of class, like this rafting trip, help build relationships and a strong community of like-minded students.

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What Can You Do With an ELML Degree?

Graduates from Cedarville's English, Literature, and Modern Languages Department share how their degrees have prepared them for their chosen career and to serve others.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% 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.

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New Class Helps Students Explore Their Future Career Path

This past spring, Cedarville’s Bachelor of Arts in English program added the course “Career Development for the English Major” to its core graduation requirements.
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English Major Takes Off to Airport Job Over Break

Megan Collom has met a number of celebrities in her job as a ramp agent for Vail Valley Jet Center in Gypsum, Colorado.

Caring Well. Staying Well. Operating Plan

The 26-page comprehensive guide outlines Cedarville’s strategies and protocols for living, learning, and working in community during this academic year.
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Adjusting to COVID-19, University Announces Revised Fall Schedule

Classes will begin August 17 and Christmas break will start November 25.

Program Faculty

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Holly Blakely, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

  • Location TYL 104 B
  • Phone 937-766-7744
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Scott Calhoun, Ph.D.

Professor of English

  • Location AM 20
  • Phone 937-766-3214
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Dan Clark, M.A.

Associate Professor of English

  • Location WI 105A
  • Phone 937-766-7733
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Don Deardorff, Ph.D.

Professor of English

  • Location AM 33
  • Phone 937-766-7579
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English 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 is offered with a  B.A. to M.B.A. accelerated completion plan.

Sample courses:
  • C.S. Lewis and the Inklings
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
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