Contact Info

          English and Philosophy Department
          Dearborn Hall
          205 Darrow Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2736

          Dr. Mary Paniccia Carden
          Department Chair
          Office: Dearborn Hall, Room 218
          Phone: (814) 732-1584
          Email: mpcarden@edinboro.edu

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          FAQs



          In order to facilitate better understanding, the Frequently Asked Questions that many students ask the English and Philosophy faculty and staff are listed below.

          General

          **Many of the questions below reference the University Course Catalogs, which can be referenced here.**

          Where is the English and Philosophy Department located?

          English faculty offices are located in Dearborn Hall.

          How do I make an appointment to speak with a faculty member in the English and Philosophy Department?

          Check the list of faculty office hours and contact information posted outside the Chair’s office (Dearborn 218). While you don’t need an appointment to see professors during their office hours, it’s a good idea to call or email so they know you’re coming. If you can’t make it to office hours, ask the faculty member to set up an appointment for another time.

          How do I know who my advisor is? What if s/he is on leave and I need an advisor’s signature?

          Check S.C.O.T.S. for your advisor’s name, or contact the department secretary or the Registrar’s office. If your advisor is on leave, contact the department Chairperson, Dr. Mary Paniccia Carden, at mpcarden@edinbor.edu, or Assistant Chairperson, Dr. Robert Holderer, at rholderer@edinboro.edu.

          I would like to take an English/Philosophy Arts class, but it is closed. How can I get in?

          Watch S.C.O.T.S. for seats to open up. There is quite a bit of movement in and out of classes before the semester begins and during the first week of classes. In some limited instances, professors might be able to allow overrides.

          English Majors and Minors

          How do I know what English classes to enroll in?

          All students should take ENGL 101: College Writing Skills during their first semester at Edinboro. Students should take ENGL 102: Specialized College Writing Skills during their second semester.
          English majors and minors can find course requirements on the department webpage under the “Majors and Programs” tab and in the Undergraduate Catalog, page 65 and pages 184-185.

          Curriculum Requirement sheets for the Literature, Writing, and Secondary English Education Concentrations are available outside the Chair’s office (Dearborn 218) or here:

          I’m thinking about declaring an English major or minor. How do I find more information about English programs?

          For information on our programs, click on the “Majors and Programs” tab on our webpage or check the Undergraduate catalog, page 65 (majors) and pages 184-185 (minors).

          The Department Chairperson, Dr. Mary Paniccia Carden, is happy to talk with prospective majors and minors. Contact her at mpcarden@edinboro.edu or (814) 732-1584.

          I’m thinking about declaring an English major or minor. What kind of jobs do these degrees lead to?

          Recent Edinboro graduates with English degrees go on to attend prestigious graduate schools. They work in publishing-related areas, and in marketing, communications, business, and sales fields. They have found jobs as reporters, editors, technical writers, and internet consultants. Find information about potential careers on our webpage under the “Jobs and Internships” tab.

          I’m thinking of declaring a minor in Philosophy. How do I find more information about the program?

          Information about the Philosophy minor is available on our webpage under “Majors and Programs” and in the Undergraduate Catalog, pages 187-188.

          You could also contact Dr. Corbin Fowler at cfowler@edinboro.edu to discuss the program.

          I’m thinking of declaring a minor in Women’s Studies. How do I find more information about the program?

          Information about the Women’s Studies minor is available on our webpage under the “Majors and Programs” tab and in the Undergraduate Catalog, page 189.

          You could also contact Dr. Catherine Whitley at cwhitely@edinboro.edu to discuss the program.

          Where can I find information about English classes?

          Course descriptions are available in Edinboro University’s Undergraduate Catalog, beginning on page 221.

          Where can I find information about Philosophy classes?

          Course descriptions are available in Edinboro University’s Undergraduate Catalog, beginning on page 251.

          What if I’m counting on a course to complete my major and that course gets canceled?

          Contact your advisor right away to review your options; we will do everything we can to find a solution that will enable you to graduate on schedule.

          I’m going to be graduating soon, and I don’t have any plans for when I’m done. What can I do?

          Talk to your advisor about options for employment and/or graduate study in your areas of interest. You could also contact a counselor at the Career Development Center.

          English General Education Courses

          Do I have to take English classes even if I’m not going to major in English Literature or Writing?

          Yes. ENGL 101: College Writing Skills and ENGL 102: Specialized Research and Writing Skills are required of all students as part of the General Education program. These courses prepare students for college-level writing. Many students also take English courses as electives or to fulfill requirements for Core and Distribution credit.

          How do I know what English class(s) to enroll in?

          All students should take ENGL 101: College Writing Skills during their first semester at Edinboro. Students should take ENGL 102: Specialized College Writing Skills during their second semester.

          Students who want to take English classes to fulfill General Education requirements can find a list of appropriate courses in the Undergraduate Catalog, pages 55-58. 

          They can also check S.C.O.T.S. during registration to determine which courses fulfill which General Education categories. All students should confer with their advisors before registering for courses.

          Do I have to take the required English classes in order?

          ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 must be taken in order. Many courses required for majors and minors list ENGL 101 or 102 as prerequisites. Check the Undergraduate catalog, and be sure to consult with your advisor before registering.

          My English placement was 010. Is it possible to test out of this class?

          Click the “English Placement” tab on our website for information.

          Troubleshooting

          Who do I talk to if I’m having a problem with my professor?

          You should always talk to your professor first. If you are unable to resolve the problem, you should speak with the department Chairperson.

          You could also see the University Ombudsperson, Beth Zewe, whose role is to help members of the University community resolve concerns and make informed decisions. For more information, click here.

          Where can I get help with assignments?

          The University Writing Center is a great resource. Staff are ready and willing to assist you at any step of the writing process, from brainstorming through proofreading. For information, click here. You could also see your professor during office hours.

          Be sure to review the assignment and bring any notes, drafts or other materials. It’s also a good idea to come with specific questions.