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English majors at Felician College develop and refine their skills in written and oral communication, interpretation of texts, critical thinking, and literary analysis. Students also become familiar with the genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, and thereby heighten their sensitivity to literary expression. A love of language, the development of a clear and expressive writing style, and a familiarity with the tools of scholarly research are some of the advantages English majors gain.

English majors are prepared for graduate school by exposure to a variety of literary forms, works, and historical periods as well as by practice in critical analysis. The curriculum is also designed to produce literate, well-spoken persons who can enter professional studies in law or medicine as well as to provide communication and thinking skills highly valued in the business and professional world. Independent study, internships, seminars, and a senior research project help the student acquire intellectual maturity and a wide range of practical and scholarly experience.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in English

Required courses: 33 credits, including ENG 201 (Literatures in English I) and ENG 202 (Literatures in English II), ENG 315 (Shakespeare), ENG 480 (Critical Perspectives on Literature), ENG 490 (Senior Research in English), and 3 credits from each of the following Areas: Medieval (Area 1), Renaissance (Area 2), Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Area 3), and Modern to Postmodern (Area 4). Area studies may be taken in any sequence. An additional 6 credits may be chosen from any English electives.

Minor in English

A minor in English consists of 18 credits, including the following courses: ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 315, ENG 383, and an additional 6 credits of English electives, at least three credits of which must be at the 300/400 level.

International Education and Foreign Language Concentration

The concentration in International Education and Foreign Language is an interdisciplinary program that draws upon History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Foreign Language, Sociology, and other fields of study and is aimed at students with interests in such career areas as law, government service, the media, or in graduate studies.

Control Sheets and Four Year Plans

English Control Sheet
English Four Year Plan

What Can I Do with a degree in English?

English majors are prepared for a wide variety of careers. Employment opportunities for an English Major include the fields of publishing, editing, copy-editing, proofreading, creative writing, public relations, advertizing, marketing, journalism, teaching, tutoring, librarian, the law, including legal assistant, science writing, technical writing, grant writing, and medical fields. Often an English major works in business, in such areas as retail, insurance, management, human resources, administrative assistance, non-profits, or other related areas.


Dr. Kristen Abbey
Assistant Professor
B.A, University of California at Santa Cruz
M.A., Rutgers University
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Kirby Hall Room 411

Dr. Peter Craft
Assistant Professor
B.A. Hanover College
M.A. University of Illinois
Ph.D. University of Illinois
Kirby Hall Room 417

Dr. George Castellitto
Professor Emeritus (Retired)
B.A., St. Peter's College
M.A., Seton Hall University
Ph.D, Fordham University

Dr. Anthony Demarest
Associate Professor
B.A., Fordham University
M.A., Fordham University
Ph.D., Fordham University
Kirby Hall Room 328

Dr. Margaret Vallone Gardineer
Associate Professor
B.A., Dominican College
M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University
M.S., Columbia University
Ph.D., New York University
Kirby Hall Room 325

Dr. Robert McParland
Associate Professor
B.A., Fordham University
M.A., St. John’s University
M.A., Montclair State University
M. Phil., Drew University
Ph.D., Drew University
Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration/
Non-profit Administration, Seton Hall University
Kirby Hall Room 329

Dr. Sherida Loertz Yoder
B.A., Rutgers University
M.A., Rutgers University
Ph. D. Rutgers University
Kirby Hall Room 324

Dr. Jeffery Blanchard
Assistant Professor
B.A. SUNY Cortland
M.A. University of Rochester
M. Phil Drew University
Ph.D. Candidate Drew University

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Dr. Robert McParland
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