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. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum English credit. Students scoring 470 or higher on the critical reading section of the SAT (or 19 ACT) exam may enroll in ENGL 112. Prerequisite to ENGL 113. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: Required and Approved for Core Curriculum English credit. Grade Mode: A.
A study of selected writers and their works from the early Middle Ages to 1616. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Literature credit. Grade Mode: A.
A study of selected writers and their works from 1616 to 1832. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Literature credit. Grade Mode: A.
A study of selected writers and their works from 1832 through the present. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Literature credit. Grade Mode: A.
A study of selected writers from the Colonial period through the Age of Romanticism. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Literature credit. Grade Mode: A.
A study of selected writers from the Age of Realism through the present day. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Literature credit. Grade Mode: A.
Studies in minority literatures of the United States. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Literature credit. Grade Mode: A.
Surveys of global literatures from ancient times to the present. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Literature credit. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different content. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
Studies of a selection of Shakespeare's plays, providing an overview of Shakespearean tragedy, comedy, and historical drama. Grade Mode: A.

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

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. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Communication credit. Grade Mode: A.
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). Grade Mode: A.
This course examines the structure and function of the school, foundations of education, qualities required for teacher effectiveness, and contemporary issues in education. Successful completion of this course constitutes one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. CBEST must be taken or basic skills requirement met during this course for acceptance to a credential program. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 25-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Special approval required. Must submit Certificate of Clearance forms and valid negative TB test results. Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application and acceptance to the School of Education. Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. This course is designed to fulfill the University's writing competency requirement for credential students. Grade Mode: A.
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. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #1. Grade Mode: A.
Methods and materials for teaching reading through content areas in secondary schools; attention to reading techniques, testing, and individualization. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 35-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #2. Grade Mode: A.
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).
Secondary school curriculum, assessment, classroom management and teaching methods as they apply to the content areas in secondary school settings. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #3. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
Full-time laboratory experience in school classrooms under the direction of qualified supervising master teachers and University supervisors. University seminar required. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. CalTPA #4. Candidates doing student teaching are limited to a maximum of 15 credits that semester with approval. Must register for LEDU 452 if completing student teaching in one semester. (See also SEED 514/515). Grade Mode: A.
See LEDU 450. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
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. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Behavioral Science credit. Grade Mode: A.