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Learn to write across multiple genres and gain an understanding of how literary traditions have helped to shape the various modes of written communication as a Writing major or minor.

The English program provides real-world proficiencies required for a variety of future academic, career, and creative endeavors.

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 minor

18

Projected job growth to 2024*

4.1%

Writing Program Details

The focus of the Writing major is creative writing, rhetoric, and composition, establishing strong oral and written communication skills that are required in the contemporary workplace. 

Employment Outlook

As a writing major or minor, you'll gain proficiencies required for a variety of future academic, career, and creative endeavors.

Program Highlights

  • Woodcrest—A selective literary and arts publication project, Woodcrest is dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary talents of the Cabrini University community through poetry, screenplay, fiction and nonfiction writing, art, and photography. The online version can be found at woodcrestmagazine.com.

    The publication is a Cabrini tradition that has taken many forms over the years, first as the institution's yearbook, then as the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Award-winning student print literary magazine, and most recently as a consistent Crown Award-winning digital magazine. Woodcrest has been identified as a national example of publication at the undergraduate level. In both its print and digital iterations, Woodcrest is and will continue to be committed to undergraduate student creativity and expression. As the cornerstone of a vibrant interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary Writing Program, Woodcrest is the digital hub for celebrating student voices, opinions, and artistic expression.

  • Slam Poetry—In partnership with the Black Student Union and The Fuze, one of Philadelphia’s premier slam poetry organizations, the English Department sponsors two open mic poetry nights each year. Students participate in a poetry writing workshop run by Sherod Smallman and other FUZE poets, then present their work in a widely advertised (and attended) public performance. Students interested in participating should contact Amy Lee Persichetti, EdD.

  • FUSE—The Department of English enjoys a strong relationship with the Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors (FUSE). FUSE is a national organization that provides a network for undergraduate student editors and writers and their faculty advisors. An important part of FUSE’s mission is to improve channels of communication between editors of undergraduate literary magazines and to foster discussion on the improvement of the undergraduate literary community. Each year, FUSE holds a national conference at a host institution. Everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in panels, lectures, readings, and the business meeting. In addition, FUSE hosts a caucus at the national Association of Writing Programs (AWP) to update members, welcome new members, and convene a roundtable discussion of a selected topic.

Skills Learned

  • Engage with a literary text or other cultural artifact, drawing upon the rhetorical, critical, aesthetic, and analytical skills 
  • Find, retrieve, evaluate, and present information relevant to an issue or problem, using information-literacy skills
  • Demonstrate a written and oral command of the English language that reflects its potential as a communicative and creative medium;
  • Critically reflect upon the social, historical, aesthetic, and ethical dimensions of literary and cultural artifacts
  • Revise and edit writing through multiple drafts—both independently and collaboratively—for publication 
  • Modify voice, tone, level of formality, genre, medium, and/or structure of writing to suit a variety of rhetorical purposes and audiences

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

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