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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.

The Language Arts program prepares graduates for elementary-level teacher certification in Michigan, which permits individuals to teach in self-contained classrooms at grades K-8, in all subjects at grades K-5, and in language arts at grades 6-8.  See Elementary Teaching for additional regarding this program.

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

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates - see Elementary Teaching.

General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; GRMN141-GRMN142 or GRMN241-GRMN242; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.70 or higher.  A gpa of 2.70 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Core Requirements.

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