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Lake Superior State University

Language Arts: Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

Featuring small classes, lots of reading, many opportunities for writing and research, and supervision by faculty who know their students, the English programs emphasize the human letters and language study.

Every year, the English Department holds the Osborn Poetry Contest and the Fiction Short Story Contest. Submissions are due at the beginning of February, with the winners announced in March.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Language Arts -  Elementary Teaching Certification

English Requirements (36 credits)

English Departmental Requirements (up to 16 credits)

  • Two years of a foreign language

Elementary Planned Program (45 credits)

  • MATH103 Number Systems and Problem Solving for Elementary Teachers 4
  • MATH104 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary Teachers 4
  • BIOL107 Field Biology 3
  • NSCI101 Conceptual Physics 4
  • NSCI110 Chemistry in Society 4
  • NSCI102 Introduction to Geology 4
  • POLI110 American Government 4
  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography 4
  • PSYC265 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3

Select one history sequence:

Choose one literature class from the following:

  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL235 Survey of Native Literature of North America 3
  • ENGL236 Literature and Culture 3

General Education Requirements (36-42 credits)

  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • COMM101 Fundamentals of Speech 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • HUMN Electives 3-4
    • Social Science Electives 6-8
    • Natural Science Electives 8
    • Math Elective 3-5
    • Diversity Elective 3-4

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates - see Elementary Teaching.


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.