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Department of English

Undergraduate Concentrations

Undergraduate majors in our department benefit greatly from a four-track program that lets students select British Literature, American Literature, Creative Nonfiction, or Language Studies as their emphasis. Students in all four tracks, working closely with English faculty members, complete Senior Projects to cap off their experience in the program. The English major combines the benefit of maximum flexibility with the strength of a coherent design. Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to join one of the nation’s oldest Sigma Tau Delta chapters, the international honorary society in English.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate English Major for Secondary Education

Students who elect English as their major field for secondary teaching must pass with a grade of “C” or above courses from each of the following groups: 18 hours from English 2230, 2300, 2410, 4610, 4750, and 4860, (9 hours from TED 3750, 4610, and 4660 also required);

9 hours from English 2310, 2320, 2450 and 2460;

6 hours from English 4020, 4040, 4060, 4080, 4140, 4160, 4180, 4310, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4370, 4380, 4410, 4420, 4430, 4460, 4480 and 4920.

Students who elect English as their major field for secondary teaching may select either

a major in the College of Education,

a major in the College of Arts and or Sciences*

*Students must satisfy the requirements for both English as a major field for secondary teaching and for a major in English. Students wishing secondary school certification in English must also satisfactorily complete a sequence of courses in the College of Education

Undergraduate Minor in English

Students who elect to minor in English prior to FALL 2011 must pass with a grade of “C” or above a minimum of 18 hours in English with the following distribution:

3 hours of either English 2410 or 2420
6 hours of English 2310, 2320, 2450, 2460, 2470, 2500, 2510, 2520
9 hours of English courses at the 4000 level (one3000-level course can be substituted for a 4000-level course).

Students who elect to minor in English during or after FALL 2011 must pass with a grade of “C” or above a minimum of 18 hours in English with the following distribution:

3 hours of either English 2410 or 2420
3 hours additional of English at the 2000 level
6 hours of English at the 3000 level or higher
6 hours of English courses at the 4000 level.

Certificate-in-Course in TESOL

Almost any student who wishes to do so can complete the TESOL Certificate in Course. There is no special application process or fee. The Certificate in Course is easier to get than most minor degrees!

Most people who study TESOL do so because they want to teach English to speakers of other languages in some capacity. For that reason, the Linguistics Faculty especially seeks English majors and minors, Foreign Language majors and minors, Secondary Education majors, and Elementary Education majors.

However, in the age of globalization, more and more people find themselves working for and alongside with nonnative speakers of English. Thus, we strongly recommend that any student majoring or minoring in International Studies and International Business seriously consider a TESOL Certificate in Course. Other majors that could find a TESOL Certificate useful include Public Administration, Social Work, Gerontology, Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Women’s Studies, Communication, and Criminal Justice.

Graduate students may also complete these requirements, but we encourage them to consider our TESOL Graduate Certificate Program.

The TESOL certificate in course requires just 15 semester hours of course work, composed of the following courses:

ENGL 3610/8615 Introduction to Linguistics (formerly 4610/8616)
ENGL 4650/8656 Structure of English
ENGL 4690/8696 Topics in Linguistics—Applied Linguistics
TED 4000/8006 Special Methods—ESL (or equivalent)
ENGL 4670/8676 Sociolinguistics

If you have further questions, contact the Director of TESOL certificates.:

Dr. Owen Mordaunt