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English: Preparation for Secondary School Teaching (39 Credits)

Beginning Fall 2013

The concentration in English: Preparation for Secondary School Teaching is designed to prepare students to teach English in grades 7-12 by providing a foundation in British, American, and Multi-Ethnic literatures, as well as writing and language studies.

When taken together with the requirements for the Secondary Education minor of the School of Education, this program meets initial certification requirements for New York State and New York City public schools. Students interested in the Education minor must apply to the School of Education for admission. Students who do not wish to pursue certification need not take the Secondary Education minor.

This Concentration Consists of Five Parts:

A. ENGL 252 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits) – to be taken within one semester of declaring the major

B. Six Required Literature Courses (18 credits)

1. ENGL 338 Survey of British Literature I: Early Texts to the 18th Century

2. ENGL 303 Western Literary Backgrounds

3. ENGL 306 Literary Theory

4. One course chosen from the following:

  •     ENGL 352 Shakespeare Survey
  •     ENGL 353 Shakespeare: The Earlier Plays
  •     ENGL 354 Shakespeare: The Later Plays

5. One course chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 395 Survey of American Literature: Origins to the Civil War
  • ENGL 396 American Prose from Reconstruction to World War I
  • ENGL 397 Pre-Twentieth Century American Poetry

6. One course chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 320 Multi-Ethnic American Literature
  • ENGL 325 Postcolonial Literature in English

C. Two Required Writing Courses (6 credits)

1. ENGL 301 Theory and Practice of Expository Writing

2. One course chosen from the following:

  • ENGL 300 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 341 Rhetorical Principles of Expository Writing

D.  One Required Language Course - ENGL 331 The Structure of Modern English (3 Credits)

E. Three Electives (9 credits)
Students may choose from among 300- or 400-level English courses, including, if the student is eligible, one of the Honors Seminars (ENGL 494). It is strongly recommended that students consider choosing a Modern/Contemporary Literature, Linguistics, Rhetoric, or Writing course to fulfill one of the Elective requirements. 

All English majors also have the option to take one of their elective courses in another department. In order to do this, students must meet all of that department’s prerequisites for the course. Students with double majors may apply the course to one of those majors, but not both. For example, someone majoring in English and History who takes HIST 342.51 Britain Since 1689 may count that course toward either the English or History major, not both. Students may choose from the List of Eligible Courses and DepartmentsIf you wish to take a 300-level course in another department that is not on the list, you must get prior written approval from an English advisor and, in some cases, from the department offering the course.

Note: The English Department strongly recommends that students take at least one modern or contemporary literature course.

Please use the English: Preparation for Secondary Teaching checklist to help plan and monitor your progress in the major.

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