The BA in English with a Minor in Secondary Teaching Endorsement provides students with foundational knowledge in literature, writing and practice, critical thinking, literary theory, culture and diversity, and the power of language that will empower them to innovate, communicate, and discover the necessary skills to thrive in their professional career paths and serve their community. Students will also works closely with the Teacher Education Program to gain the experience and necessary skills to thrive, lead, and innovate in the classroom.
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.
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 RHETORIC & WRITING I (3.0 c.h.) and ENG 102 RHETORIC & WRITING II (3.0 c.h.) (WL 100 INTRO TO COMPARATIVE LINGUISTICS (3.00 c.h.) and ENG 106 LANGUAGE, THOUGHT AND CULTURE (3.0 c.h.) may be counted, but not double counted for World Language), distributed as follows:
|INTRODUCTION TO THEORY (to be taken at or near the start of the program)|
|INTRODUCTION TO RHETORIC|
|LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY|
|SENIOR SEMINAR (to be taken at or near the end of the program)|
|Development and Impact (Select two courses, one must be COMR 350.)||3|
|INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING|
|INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS WRITING|
|INTRO. SCIENTIFIC/MEDICAL WRITING|
|COMMUNICATING IN PROFESSIONS|
|Select at least four courses in Literature in Historical Perspective 1||12|
|AMERICAN LITERATURE I|
|AMERICAN LITERATURE II|
|MASTERPIECES OF LITERATURE I|
|MASTERPIECES OF LITERATURE II|
|LITERATURE OF ENGLAND I|
|LITERATURE OF ENGLAND II|
|CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LIT|
|HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE|
|HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES IN WESTERN LITERATURE|
|HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES IN NON-WESTERN LITERATURE|
|Select two courses in Major Writers. One must be Shakespeare||3|
|CHAUCER AND HIS AGE|
|STUDIES IN MAJOR WRITERS|
|Culture and Diversity (Select two courses.)||6|
|LANGUAGE, THOUGHT AND CULTURE|
|SURVEY OF CHICANO LITERATURE|
|MULTI-ETHNIC AMERICAN LITERATURE|
|WOMEN IN LITERATURE|
|GENDER AND COMMUNICATION|
|Writing and Practice (Select three courses and one must be ENG 303.) 2||6|
|INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING|
|INTRODUCTION TO USER EXPERIENCE|
|ADVANCED RHETORICAL STUDY|
|TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC REPORT WRITING|
|ADVANCED LITERARY FORMS & GENRES|
|CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY|
|CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION|
|CREATIVE WRITING: DRAMA|
|USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN|
|USABILITY AND USER EXPERIENCE|
|ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP|
|MAGAZINE EDITING AND PRODUCTION|
|Elective Courses (Select at least 18 credits)||12|
|ENGLISH SYNTAX AND USAGE|
|YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE|
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 (3.00 c.h.) and ENG 212 AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3.00 c.h.)), one of which must be one 200 level course in the British literature sequence (either ENG 231 LITERATURE OF ENGLAND I (3.00 c.h.) or ENG 232 LITERATURE OF ENGLAND II (3.00 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).
Specific Requirements for Secondary and K-12 Education/Minor
The student must complete an appropriate major and the following Education courses:
|Select one of the following:||3|
|PSYC 151||HUMAN DEVELOPMENT||3.0|
|PSYC 251||CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE||3.0|
|PSYC 342||EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY||3.0|
|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 Education 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|
Music Education students may complete MUS 103 MUSIC AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY I (1.00 c.h.) and MUS 306 TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS (2.00 c.h.) for ED 280 EDUCATIONAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY (3.00 c.h.).
English/Language Arts student must also complete RDG 410 TEACHING READING ( c.h.)
GPA of 2.6 required
Disclaimer: The Planning Sheet is designed as a guide for student's planning their course selections. The information on this page provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made with the advice and consent of an academic advisor. While accurately portraying the information contained in the college catalog, this form is not considered a legal substitute for that document. Students should become familiar with the catalog in effect at the time in which they entered the institution.
Note: Students completing a major in English with a Secondary Teaching Endorsement are required to complete a minor in Education and meet all other requirements outlined by the Teacher Education Program.
*Required for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
|ED 202||Foundations of Education||3|
|ENG 101||Rhetoric & Writing I||3|
|COMR 103||Speaking and Listening (*)||3|
|ENG 102||Rhetoric & Writing II||3|
|ED 280||Educational Media and Technology||3|
|ENG 201||Introduction to Theory||3|
|ENG 210||American Literature I||3|
|Elective Must be one of the following: PSYCH 151, 251, 342||3|
|ED 301||Frameworks of Teaching||4|
or ENG 305
|Introduction to Creative Writing
or Technical and Scientific Report Writing
or ENG 461
|ENG 212||American Literature II||3|
|ENG 412||Young Adult Literature||3|
|Elective Must be ENG course.||3|
|ENG 352||English Syntax and Usage||3|
|RDG 410||Teaching Reading||3|
|Elective Must be one of the following: ENG 307, 308, 309, 310, OR first sequence course in English Historical Perspective.||3|
|ENG 303||Advanced Composition||3|
|RDG 435||Content Area Literacy||4|
|Elective 3 credits must be one of the following: ENG 307, 308, 309, 310, OR second sequence course in English Historical Perspective. 3 credits must be English Historical Perspective upper division.||6|
|ED 412||Teaching Diverse Learners||3|
|ED 447||Teaching English in Secondary Schools||4|
|ENG 493||Senior Seminar||3|
|ED 485||Capstone Seminar in Education||1|
|ED 488||Student Teaching Secondary||12|