Secondary Education

The English major offers the study of literature, language, and culture of the Anglophone world with an emphasis on British and American contexts.  Students master skills related to critical and creative thinking, communication, and research. Majors have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a number of contexts. Students in the Secondary Education track focus on the specific knowledge and practical training they will need to be successful in the English Language Arts classroom or in a number of other education-related careers. 
Requirements for English majors may vary by student’s catalog year. Below are the general areas covered by our requirements for students in the Secondary Education track up until Fall 2018 catalog year. See advisor for specific options for Fall 2018 and later catalogs.

Be sure to confirm your catalog term with your English advisor for accurate information on major, minor, and core requirements.

  • World Literature and Culture
    • ENGL 2337 World Literature or ENGL 2339 Mythology
  • ENGL 3330 Approaches to Literature (3 hours)
    • Ideally, this course should be taken as early as possible in student’s career.
  • British Literature (6 hours)
    • British Literature 1, British Literature 2, British Literature 3 (this depends on student catalog year; consult advisor)
  • Study of Language (3-6 hours, depending on student catalog; see advisor)
    • ENGL 3311 History of the English Language  
    • ENGL 3312 Grammar, Morphology and Syntax
  • American Literature (3 hours)
    • American Literature I (ENGL 3321), American Literature II (ENGL 3322), American Literature III (ENGL 3323)
  • World Literature Studies/Postcolonial Literature (3 hours; see advisor for more information)
  • African-American Literature (3 hours)
    • ENGL 3326 African-American Literature I; ENGL 3327 African-American Literature II
  • Methods in Teaching English (ENGL 4303)
  • Introduction to Nonfiction (RHET 3317)
  • Young Adult Literature ENGL 4375  
  • Two additional upper-level (3000-4000) ENGL courses (6 hours)
  • Capstone Course
    • ENGL 4199 Career Perspectives (1 hour)


Required Secondary Education Minor Courses (18 hours in Education)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: To be accepted into and to complete the Secondary Education Minor, students must also pass appropriate Praxis exams. In order to receive state certification, students must pass state written and performance examinations.

Contact Dr. Paul Crutcher (, Director of English Secondary Education, for more information about this track.