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Lake Superior State University

English Language and Literature: Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The English Language and Literature - Secondary Teaching program prepares graduates for secondary-level teacher certification in Michigan, which permits individuals to teach English in grades 6-12.  See Secondary Education for additional information.  The major is housed in the Department of English.

Featuring small classes, close reading of great works of literature, many opportunities for writing and research, and supervision by faculty who know their students, LSSU English programs emphasize the human letters and language study, and give students many opportunities to excel at what they love.

English Education students have ample opportunities to help coordinate local literary events and festivals as part of their coursework.  They are also encouraged to join the English Club, work as editors on student and professional journals, and enter the Stellanova Osborn Poetry Contest and the LSSU Short Story Contest.

In this program, students will complete a teaching major in English Language and Literature and additional professional education requirements that will prepare them for a career in teaching at the secondary level.

Degree Requirements

English Requirements (34 credits)

  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL221 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
  • ENGL222 English Grammar and Language in Context 3
  • ENGL231 American Literature I 3
  • ENGL232 American Literature II 3
  • ENGL320 Responding to Writing 3
  • ENGL336 Young Adult Literature and Culture 3
  • ENGL345 Studies in Classic Texts 3
  • ENGL435 Studies in Visual Texts 3
  • ENGL380 History of Literary Criticism 3
  • ENGL490 Senior Thesis 2
  • ENGL499 Senior Thesis 2

English and Literacy Education Methods (6 credits):

  • EDUC440 Reading in the Content Area 3

  • EDUC441 Secondary English Methods 3
  • EDUC451 Ind Study English Methods 3

Professional Education Sequence and Education Cognates- see Secondary Education.

Approved Teaching Minor Recommended - see Secondary Education.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

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; or FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252 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 Requirements.

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