English Advisement

English Advisement



Please meet with your advisor each semester before scheduling, even if you know what classes you will be taking the following academic year. As the department is continually re-evaluating their processes, it is always important to check to see if there are any changes regarding your program, be it a major or a minor. This is particularly true with the adding of the new General Education program and understanding course credits versus General Education Points (GEPs)

If you are unsure who your advisor is, please contact Dr. Mark Decker at either 570-389-4337 or mdecker@bloomu.edu.

Electronic Portfolio for English Majors

We ask that majors in all four of our concentrations – Literature, Secondary Education, Creative Writing, and Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing (DRPW) – begin an ePortfolio early in their course of study, update it at least yearly, and complete and refine it in the senior year.  For the Literature majors, the ePortfolio is a graduation requirement; for the other three concentrations, the ePortfolio will be a part of several required courses.

The ePortfolio is intended

  • to bring additional coherence and continuity to our students’ experience of their course of study; we want to encourage majors to understand their own development as readers and writers; by including artifacts produced outside the English Department as well as inside it, will ask them to consider how their major field of study interacts with their learning in other areas.
  • to encourage our students to begin thinking early and often about career options and further education, and to assist them in preparing for these goals; the finished ePortfolio should be a diverse repository of their best college achievements, drawn both from coursework and from extra- and co-curricular activities; for career preparation and applying for positions, the ePortfolio will demonstrate what the students have done and can do.
  • to extend and enrich the environment for advisement; academic advisors will help the students update and diversify their portfolios, and can suggest helpful additions.
  • and to provide the Department an opportunity to see how well we are meeting our objectives.

Suggested artifacts: work from the gateway course, Approaches to Literary Study; upper-division essays and research papers on literary and linguistic subjects; essays and projects from upper-division writing courses; alternate media work, e.g., PowerPoints, posters, content-focused video; work produced for student groups, e.g., the Voice. By the last time it’s collected in the senior year, the ePortfolio should include at least ten artifacts. Students in the Literature, Creative Writing, and Digital Rhetoric tracks will also add a reflection in which they write one or two paragraphs for each of their track’s Learning Objectives, showing how the artifacts demonstrate their progress in meeting each of the Objectives. That narrative can then be revised when the ePortfolio is used to apply for jobs or further application.

Writing Center Resources

ePortfolio Guidelines

Reserved Enrollment in Courses

There are a small number of reserved seats in our survey and other lower-division courses. If you are unable to schedule a needed English course, contact Dr. Tina Entzminger (BCH 115A, ext. 4432).

Minimum Grade Requirement in Secondary Education

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires for certification a grade of C or better in every course in a student's content area. This means that you must have a C (not a C-) or better in an English course in order to have it count toward completion of your Secondary English program.

Departmental Policy Regarding Overloads

Foundations of Writing courses and other courses are capped at the designated departmental levels and faculty are not authorized to "pink slip" students into the class.