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 adviser for specific options for Fall 2018 and later catalogs.

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

Note: Students in the Education Track must select the Education Minor.

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit

University Core (35 hours)

(See “General Education Requirements.”)

Major

Program Foundation Courses

  • ENGL 3330 – Approaches to Literature
    • Students should take this course as early as possible upon entry into the English program (after the completion of Composition II and the Humanities University Core requirements).
  • ENGL 4199 – Seminar in Career Perspectives
    • Students should take this course in their senior year.

Study of Language (3 hours)

  • ENGL 3312 – Grammar, Morphology, & Syntax

British Literature Requirement (6 hours):

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 3331 – British Literature 1
  • ENGL 3332 – British Literature 2
  • ENGL 3333 – British Literature 3

And

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 4311 – Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 4312 – Chaucer
  • ENGL 4313 – Arthurian Literature
  • ENGL 4314 – Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 4321 – English Renaissance Drama
  • ENGL 4324 – Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4325 – Topics in Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4328 – Seventeenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4331 – Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature
  • ENGL 4341 – English Romanticism
  • ENGL 4343 – Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 4351 – British Novel I
    • Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

American Literature Requirement (6 hours):

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 3321 – American Literature I
  • ENGL 3322 – American Literature II
  • ENGL 3323 – American Literature III

And

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 4345 – Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4380 – Studies in Major American Writers
  • ENGL 4381 – American Fiction
  • ENGL 4384 – American Poetry
    • Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

Diverse Perspectives Requirement (3 hours) Select One:

  • ENGL 3326 – African-American Literature I
  • ENGL 3327 – African-American Literature II
  • ENGL 3340 – Women in Literature
  • ENGL 4354 – Post Colonial Literature
    • Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

English Teaching Foundation Courses (6 hours)

English Language Arts Teaching

  • ENGL 4303 – Teaching English

And

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 4376 – Essay
  • RHET 3300 – Introduction to Research
  • RHET 3315 – Persuasive Writing
  • RHET 3317 – Nonfiction

English Language Arts Electives: Literature, Media, and Methods (9 hours)

These courses build content knowledge and critical skills in engaging diverse texts. Students build skill in reading literature and informational texts, understanding varied technologies and mediums, academic writing and understanding strategies in composing texts, understanding the performative and political aspects of ELA content.

  • Select three from below:
  • ENGL 3326 – African-American Literature I
  • ENGL 3327 – African-American Literature II
  • ENGL 3348 – School Books
  • ENGL 3358 – Visual Literatures
  • ENGL 3372 – English Laboratory
  • ENGL 4354 – Post Colonial Literature
  • ENGL 4375 – Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 4378 – Drama in the Classroom
    • Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department.

Second Language Requirement

6-7 hours of study in a Second Language, 6 hours must be in the same language. Students who have a previous background in a language may take a placement test and then enroll in the appropriate level to begin the 6 hours. Computer Programming language may count for this requirement, in which case, 7 hours is required:

  • CPSC 1175 – Introduction to Computer Science Laboratory
  • CPSC 1375 – Programming I
  • CPSC 2376 – Programming II

Education Minor

NOTE: Education Minor Candidates must also complete a content methods course (or course pair) in their content area with a field placement in a K-12 classroom.

  • TCED 4321 – Teaching Diverse Learners
  • TCED 4330 – Classroom Management
  • TCED 4383 – Instructional Skills
  • TCED 4600 – Internship
  • Education Elective (3 hours; Choose One):
  • ELEM 2302 – Child Growth and Development
  • MCED 4310 – Middle Level Content Literacy
  • SPED 4301 – Education of Exceptional Learners

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Contact Dr. Paul Crutcher (pacrutcher@ualr.edu), Director of English Secondary Education, for more information about this track.