English Major, English Teaching Concentration

Students in the English Teaching concentration must also have been admitted into the Secondary Education minor offered by the College of Education.

Core Courses (9 hours)

English majors in all three concentrations must take three courses focusing on the fundamental skills of reading, writing, and debate.

  • ENGL 200: Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 301: Introduction to Critical Theory
  • ENGL 350: Writing about Literature, Text, and Culture

Historical Surveys (6 hours)

English Teaching students must take two survey courses covering the study of literary form and history across time and space—the sooner after taking ENGL 200, the better.

  • ENGL 209: Early British Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 255: Early American Literature and Culture

Period Courses (15 credit hours)

In addition to the broad sweep of the historical surveys, English Teaching students are required to take five courses providing in-depth encounters with the texts of a given era. These five courses must be spread across British, American, and Anglophone literary history:

Language, Composition, & Pedagogy Courses (9 credit hours)

To prepare for a career teaching secondary school language arts, English Teaching students must take the following two courses:

  • ENGL 402: Descriptive English Grammar
  • ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice

To complete this requirement, students must also take a third class from this list:

Difference & Diaspora

To deepen their understanding of the historical and contemporary disparities in society and culture, all English majors must make sure that one of the classes they take to fulfill their requirements is a Difference & Diaspora course—a course focusing on race, ethnicity, indigeneity, postcoloniality, gender, or sexuality.