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As an English major or minor at Cabrini, you'll be part of a community of learners who work together to develop the intellectual and communication skills essential for many professions.

Contact Information

Michelle Filling-Brown, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, English
610.902.8121
michelle.l.filling@cabrini.edu

At a glance:

Total credits for major

34

Total credits for the minor

18

Projected job growth to 2024*

4.1%

English Program Details

Students majoring in English have the flexibility to pursue more traditional literary studies or explore more contemporary cultural studies as they select their courses with their advisors. Students may also double major in Secondary Education and follow a special track within the English Department in order to seek a teaching certification for grades 7-12.

Students who major in English can also concentrate in Film and Media Studies or Women's Studies, or minor in Theater or Gender and Body Studies as a complement to the English major.

Employment Outlook

From the corporate world to the publishing industry to the legal profession and beyond, English majors have in common essential and transferable skills that can be applied to any rewarding endeavor. Coupled with personal career planning and connections to outstanding employers and mentors, you will be fully prepared to successfully launch into a variety of fields, including organizations such as:

  • Book and magazine publishers
  • Community service organizations
  • Cultural organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Financial institutions
  • Foundations
  • Historical societies
  • Law firms
  • Libraries
  • Market research companies
  • Museums
  • Political organizations
  • Public relations firms
  • Research organizations
  • Theaters

Program Highlights

  • Purple Feet Foundation Partnership—The Department of English has a partnership with the Purple Feet Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves middle school youth from Harrisburg and Philadelphia. Through this on-going partnership, English majors have the opportunity to learn about communication and writing within the nonprofit sector and also work directly with the youth, which is a unique experience for pre-service teachers.
  • Bryn Mawr Film Institute Partnership—Cabrini University is in a unique position as one of the designated community partners to the local Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI). BMFI is one of the region’s most vibrant and important venues for quality independent and foreign films, as well as regular simulcasts of live opera, concerts, plays, and museum exhibits. Film education is also central to the mission of BMFI, as an array of courses on filmmakers and film genres is offered every year. Cabrini students are eligible to take these courses for academic credit subject to prior arrangement with the English Department chair. In addition to supporting the film and media studies curriculum of our department, BMFI also serves as something of a “satellite campus” for the Department of English as many of our department events are held at BMFI in conjunction with appropriate film screenings. For more information on BMFI courses and opportunities, contact Paul Wright, PhD, Coordinator of the Film and Media Studies concentration in the department.
  • Internships—We encourage students to pursue internship opportunities. Some courses like the “Applied Learning in . . .” courses offer hands-on experience within a specific area of interest. ENG 392: Social Justice in the Humanities offers an experience working with a nonprofit organization, as do other ENG courses that focus on work with the Purple Feet Foundation and other community service and outreach organizations. Secondary Education majors will have field experiences and student teaching. Students who are interested in an internship for credit should see their advisor in the English Department.

Skills Learned

  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form
  • Absorb, synthesize, and relay insights to diverse audiences
  • Thrive in an increasingly information-driven age and economy
  • Become familiar with major traditions of British and American literature, authors (including women and people of color), works, and genres in their cultural and historical contexts
  • Apply theoretical approaches to the study and/or teaching of literature or other cultural artifacts
  • Find, retrieve, evaluate, and present information relevant to an issue or problem, using appropriate attribution
  • Express a written and oral command of the English language that reflects its potential as a communicative and creative medium
  • Critically analyze the social, historical, aesthetic, and ethical dimensions of literary and cultural artifacts

*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations.

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