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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Literature Major with Adolescence Education

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Students in the literature major pursue courses that provide a broad foundation in the history of literature in English, as well as in-depth study of particular periods, genres, and styles. Core courses in British, American, and world literature provide knowledge of the literary tradition, in addition to skill in literary and cultural analysis and criticism. Electives focusing on a wide range of literary topics enable students to learn much more about the historical periods and cultural contexts from which literature has come, and the ways in which it has influenced our understanding of the world in which we live.

Students who elect to pursue teacher certification through our English education program receive special instruction in teaching methods and philosophy through the English department (in addition to their required coursework in the education department). In order to be eligible for the Professional Semester (student teaching), students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7.

English Literature Core

All English Literature majors are required to take the Introduction to Literary Studies, one Survey course in each of three areas (British, American, and World Literature), and the Senior Seminar.

Additional Requirement for English Literature Major with Adolescence Education

In addition to the core courses listed above, English Literature majors with Adolescence Education select one course in Shakespeare, and one course in grammar and composition theory:


In addition to the above courses, English Literature majors with Adolescence Education select four electives, at least three of which must be at the upper-level (300-400), including at least one additional course each in American and World Literature.

English Literature Elective Courses

Adolescence Education Requirements

See Education: Initial Teacher Certification in Adolescence Education  for course requirements.

English Literature Senior Experience

The Senior Experience in Literature is the culminating experience of our major, and is required for graduation.  It is intended to enable students to demonstrate their mastery of their major field, and their ability to make connections between study in the major and work in the liberal arts core curriculum.  All Senior Experience projects will involve a significant research component, and a presentation of that research; beyond that, projects will vary according to student interest and the focus of the Senior Seminar, to which the Senior Experience is attached.

Sample Program for English Literature Major with Adolescence Education

Freshman Year

  • Perspectives I Credits: 9
  • Math and Science Perspectives I Credits: 7
  • Modern Foreign Language Credits: 6
As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives I Credits: 9
  • Math or Science Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • Other Perspectives II Credits: 3

As well as:

Junior Year

  • ENGL 305 Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories Credits: 3
    or ENGL 306 Shakespeare: Tragedies and Last Plays Credits: 3
    or ENGL 307 - Teaching Shakespeare Credits: 3
  • Upper Division English Credits: 9
  • Perspectives II Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

As well as:

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