Admission to major: Completion of ENG 240 , ENG 241 (or equivalent) with a "C" or better in both courses.
Minimum hours required for major: 40
Minimum hours required for minor: 16
Special tracks: The English major emphasizes the study of British and American literature. Tracks or concentrations are available in literature, creative writing, multicultural studies, and secondary English licensure.
Advising: Contact Dr. Ted Lardner, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at 216-687-5428.
Student activities: Student organization: Whiskey Island (creative writing magazine). Poetry Center activities include workshops and readings by students, writers in the Cleveland community, and distinguished visiting writers.
Scholarship information: Each year, the department offers Plain Dealer awards to recognize excellence in expository writing, tuition scholarships as prizes in creative writing, as well as the Gulbenkian award, a,cash prize to honor a distinguished graduating senior.
Career information: Students preparing to teach English in high school must meet the State of Ohio licensure requirements. Please contact the College of Education and Human Services for further information on licensure. For students preparing for careers in writing, editing, and publishing, the department offers a creative writing concentration. The English major is an ideal liberal arts major for students desiring to develop capabilities in research, writing, critical thinking, and textual analysis combined with the study of literature and language.
Freshman English Placement
Consult the course description section of this catalog under English for information about placement examinations and placement of students into basic writing and freshman English courses.
A minimum total number of 128 credit hours are required for every student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. All degree seeking, CLASS students must complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) requirements which are comprised of University and College requirements. This is in addition to the credits for their major field of study. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements. Students are highly encouraged to consult with both their general education advisor and faculty advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses each semester. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University’s General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/gened/summarytable.html.