Courses | English, B.A.

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

Major Courses

Reading and discussion of ideas and methods in writing, stressing critical thinking, persuasion and evaluation; experience in writing a variety of expository and persuasive essays.

A continuation of 100 or 112, this course uses literary works as content for reading and discussion of ideas and methods in writing, stressing critical thinking, persuasion and evaluation; experience in writing essays and the research paper.

A study of selected writers and their works from the early Middle Ages to 1616.

A study of selected writers and their works from 1616 to 1832.

A study of selected writers and their works from 1832 through the present.

A study of selected writers from the Colonial period through the Age of Romanticism.

A study of selected writers from the Age of Realism through the present day.

Studies in minority literatures of the United States.

Surveys of global literatures from ancient times to the present.

Specific eras and movements in American literature. Two or more sections offered every year. The sections include American literature from Colonial America, the Constitution to the Civil War, the Civil War to the New Deal, and the New Deal to the present.

Specific eras and movements in literature from the nations of the British Isles: Wales, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, and England. The sections include: Medieval literature, Renaissance literature, 17th-century literature, 18th-century literature, Romanticism, Victorian literature, Early 20th-century literature, and contemporary literature.

An overview of the major concepts in 20th- and 21st-century literary theory and an introduction to the major approaches in contemporary critical theory, including formalism, myth criticism, hermeneutics, deconstruction, feminism, psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism, post-colonial theory and the new historicism.

Studies of a selection of Shakespeare's plays, providing an overview of Shakespearean tragedy, comedy, and historical drama.


Concentrations

Literature

For those wishing to focus on the study of literature, see catalog for details.

Writing

Study of the theories of writing and rhetorical models. Extensive practice in writing.

Poetry workshop. Students will read and critique each other's work, study selected modern and contemporary poems and investigate the creative writing process.

Fiction workshop. Students will read and critique each other's work, study selected modern and contemporary short stories and investigate the creative writing process.

Studies in specialized areas or genres of writing. Sections may be offered in areas such as: technical writing, book editing, playwriting, writing for children or advanced studies in poetry or fiction.

Secondary Instruction

Learning to read types of literature aloud in a manner that enhances and enriches the audience's understanding and appreciation of that literature.

Preparation for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) for those pursuing the Secondary Instruction concentration. Recommended for Juniors in their Fall semester. Students must pass all parts of the CSET exam during the first semester of their Senior year in order to apply for student teaching during the Secondary Curriculum course (LEDU 435).

This course examines the structure and function of the school, foundations of education, qualities required for teacher effectiveness, and contemporary issues in education. A 25-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Successful completion of this course constitutes one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. CBEST must be taken during this course.

Application of psychological principles to the education process, role of the teacher and learner, human growth and development, learning styles, motivation, memory, transfer of learning, measurement and evaluation, research and experimentation in learning theory.

Survey of the theories, programs, and instructional practices for English language development, including first and second language acquisition and individual factors affecting language acquisition. Strategies for the application of theory to classroom practice and instruction in content area literacy are emphasized. Principles of educational equity, diversity, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness are examined.

Methods and materials for teaching reading through content areas in secondary schools; attention to reading techniques, testing, and individualization.

During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject candidates relate the Common Core and the state-adopted K-12 academic content standards for candidates in their specific subject area to major concepts and principles in their discipline, including planning, organizing, and implementing effective instruction (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Art: 
During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Art candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K-12 academic content standards for students in Art (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - English: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject English candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K-12 academic content standards for students in English (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Methods of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Modern Language candidates learn, understand, and use specific teaching strategies and activities for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K-12 Foreign Language Framework and Student Academic Content Standards for students learning Spanish (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Health Science: 
During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Health Science candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K-12 academic content standards for students in Health Science (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - History/Social Science: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject History/Social Science candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the K-12 state-adopted academic content standards for History/Social Science (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Mathematics: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Mathematics candidates acquire a deep understanding of the interrelated components of a balanced program of mathematics instruction: computational and procedural skills; conceptual understanding of mathematics; and problem solving skills in mathematics, and acquire pedagogical skills that assist students in learning K-12 state-adopted academic content standards for Mathematics (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Physical Education: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Physical Education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping students in learning K-12 state-adopted academic content standards for Physical Education (Grades 7-12).

Single Subject Pedagogy - Science: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Science candidates relate the state-adopted K-12 academic content standards for students in Science (Grades 7-12) to major concepts, principles and investigations in the science disciplines, including planning, organizing, and implementing effective instruction.

 

Secondary school curriculum, assessment, classroom management and teaching methods as they apply to the content areas in secondary school settings.

A 60-hour fieldwork requirement to support the practical application of LEDU 436 Secondary Curriculum content. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local secondary schools.

Full-time laboratory experience in school classrooms under the direction of qualified supervising master teachers and University supervisors. University seminar required.

See LEDU 450.

A survey of psychology as an empirical/behavioral science with a consideration of underlying philosophical bases in light of a Christian worldview. Topics to be surveyed include development, cognition, learning, motivation, physiology, socialization, personality and psychopathology.