Specific Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in English with Secondary Teaching Endorsement
- Faculty advisers meet individually with each of their students on a regular basis to help plan schedules and discuss educational and career goals. Advisers maintain an accurate and up-to-date record of each student’s progress towards completion of the requirements for the major.
- All English majors will participate in a senior-year seminar in which all of the writing and analytical skills acquired in other English classes will be synthesized. Students in the class will be expected to complete a senior research project.
Students completing a major in English with Secondary Teaching Endorsement are required to complete a minor in education and meet all other requirements outlined by the Teacher Education Program.
A total of 45 credits in English beyond ENG 101 Composition I (3 c.h.) and ENG 102 Composition II (3 c.h.) (WL 100 Intro to Comparative Linguistics (3 c.h.) and ENG 106 Language, Thought and Culture (3 c.h.) may be counted, but not double counted for World Language), distributed as follows:
|ENG 161||Careers for English Majors||1|
|or ENG 461||Careers for English Majors|
|ENG 201||Introduction to Literary Study (to be taken at or near the start of the program)||3|
|ENG 493||Senior Seminar (to be taken at or near the end of the program)||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Advanced Literary Forms & Genres|
|Select at least four courses in Literature in Historical Perspective 1||12|
|Select one course in Major Writers: Shakespeare||3|
|Select at least one course in Literary Theory||3|
|Select at least two courses in Writing, one of which must be the following: 2||6|
|ENG 352||English Syntax and Usage||3|
|ENG 412||Young Adult Literature||3|
|ENG 452||History of the English Language||3|
|Select at least 3 credits 3||3|
Selected with the approval of the major adviser, two of which must be the American literature sequence at the 200 level (i.e., ENG 210 American Literature I (3 c.h.) and ENG 212 American Literature II (3 c.h.)), one of which must be one 200 level course in the British literature sequence (either ENG 231 Literature of England I (3 c.h.) or ENG 232 Literature of England II (3 c.h.)), while the fourth must be outside of American Literature at the 300 level or above.
Selected with the approval of the major adviser (General Education and World Language requirements may not be double counted).
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Childhood and Adolescence 1|
|ED 202||Foundations of Education||3|
|ED 280||Educational Media and Technology 2||3|
|ED 301||Frameworks of Teaching (Admission to Education is completed in this course)||4|
|RDG 435||Content Area Literacy 3, 5||4|
|Special Methods in Endorsement Areas (Prerequisites - Admission to Education) 5||4|
|ED 412||Teaching Diverse Learners 4, 5||3|
|ED 485||Capstone Seminar in Education||1|
|ED 488||Student Teaching Secondary||12|
|or ED 489||Student Teaching K-12|
|Total Credits 3||37-40|
English/Language Arts student must also complete RDG 410 Teaching Reading (3 c.h.)
GPA of 2.6 required
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the B.A. in English program, students will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of significant traditions, historical and cultural contexts, and current issues in literature and language studies.
- Conduct, analyze, evaluate, and integrate academic research.
- Apply strategies of critical theory.
- Analyze literature and synthesize ideas with clarity, accuracy, and coherence in speech and writing.
- Use a range of English syntactic structures effectively.
- Construct a convincing argument using a range of rhetorical strategies in speech and writing.
Students completing the B.A. in English program and a creative writing emphasis will also:
- Demonstrate a working vocabulary for critical analysis through theoretical venues as well as in-depth study of terminology and form within creative works to develop strong critiquing skills in the workshop environment.
- Produce writing competitive at a publishable level, which reflects an understanding of the creative writing genres, the business of writing, and the drafting and revision process for individual and collections of works.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
Assessment of the English program is the responsibility of all English Program faculty. The English Program’s annual reports evaluating the program and proposing any needed changes are compiled from the following information:
- A central file of course syllabi with representative assignments is maintained by the department for inspection by the committee and other qualified persons.
- Faculty advisers monitor each student's progress toward completing major requirements listed in the catalog.
- All English majors take a senior-year seminar (ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.)) emphasizing professional standards and synthesizing the writing and analytical skills students have acquired in other English classes. All students in ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.) write a senior research paper, one copy of which is submitted to the department chairperson for dissemination for review. In order to pass ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.), students must demonstrate satisfactory levels of achievement in meeting the program goals.
- English Program faculty review the papers from ENG 493 Senior Seminar (3 c.h.) on an annual basis and prepare an analysis of what they reveal about the program's success.
- The English Program administers a student-satisfaction questionnaire to all senior English majors each year. Similar questionnaires are sent to recent graduates and representative employers on a periodic basis.
- The English Program faculty consider the English curricula at leading comparable institutions and apprise the department of innovations worthy of consideration.