The Bachelor of Arts in English allows students to think critically and write both persuasively and creatively, as well as perform publicly with attention to developing voice and an awareness of audience. Within the major, students may elect to pursue one of two additional options: the Drama Minor or the Creative Writing and Performance Concentration.
In addition to five required literature courses, students draw from a wide variety of electives, including:
- Children’s Literature
- Poking Fun: Irony and Satire
- Literature of the Environment
- Literature and Diversity
Courses in the Creative Writing and Performance concentration include:
- Writing the Self in Poetry and Prose
- Modern Drama in Performance
- Journal Editing
The Journal Editing course focuses on poetry and prepares you to select and submit entries to the professional, national-level poetry journal, Presence.
English majors who are not involved in field work and student teaching through double-majoring in education are strongly encouraged to participate in one or more internships. In recent years, students have worked for Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, NJ Kids Directory, The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, as well as for Calyx, the student-driven literary magazine of Caldwell University and for the media relations department at Caldwell. They have also assisted professional writers with research projects and worked at area public libraries. The department is also able to offer opportunities to intern in the area of grant writing.
Recent Caldwell English major graduates have completed M.A. degrees in English and M.F.A. degrees in creative writing and subsequently taught at the elementary, high school, and college level. Others have pursued graduate degrees in the fields of law, history, library science, and education administration and have proceeded to work in research, community activism, libraries, and higher-education administration. Still others write for professional publications.
“A book is a silent meeting of two minds –the author’s and the reader’s. An intimate connection, that often meets our connection needs more than another human being.“ – Bijal Shah
Majors and Minors
The department offers a B.A. degree in English.
A Catholic Liberal Arts Education
At the core of a Caldwell education is our liberal arts curriculum, designed to guide students to critical thinking skills, appreciate diverse cultures, and acquire a moral and civic awareness.
Students develop the whole self as they absorb learning through our liberal arts core: the humanities; the physical and biological sciences, and mathematics; and the social sciences.