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About the B.A. in English Degree

Why Study English at Cedarville?

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.

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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

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.

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 is offered with a B.A. to M.B.A. accelerated completion plan.

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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Program Faculty

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Holly Blakely, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

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Scott Calhoun, Ph.D.

Professor of English

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Dan Clark, M.A.

Professor of English

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Don Deardorff, Ph.D.

Professor of English

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Bryana Fern, Ph.D., M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

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Ginger Gilhooly, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

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Alicia McCartney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

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Michelle Wood, Ph.D.

Professor of English

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