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Columbus State University

Bachelor of Arts
English - Secondary Education Track

College of Letters and Sciences

Department of English

Program Description

The Department of English provides graduates with the essential foundations of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. English majors often engage in undergraduate research projects, presenting conference papers at local, regional, and national conferences and publishing work in peer-reviewed journals. Our award-winning student literary journal, Arden, provides students an opportunity to gain editing and publishing experience as undergraduates. In addition to numerous study abroad courses, English majors have the opportunity to participate in the New York Arts program.  

The BA in English and Secondary Education prepares students for teacher certification and a career in teaching. Complementing this track, the department offers courses to satisfy Georgia requirements for an endorsement (to teacher certification) for English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL).

Career Opportunities

In addition to pursuing traditional careers in the discipline—like teaching, library science, journalism, and creative writing—our graduates succeed in business, law, and medicine. Our majors also pursue graduate degrees in English, creative writing, rhetoric, and technical communication.

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:
  • Students demonstrate competency in written communication by writing effectively in a variety of situations and for a variety of audiences.
  • Students demonstrate competency in reading by interpreting the meaning of key terms; recognizing the primary purpose of a passage; making appropriate inferences; and recognizing rhetorical devices.
  • Students demonstrate competency in quantitative reasoning  by solving real-world problems in contexts that involve numerical data.
  • Students demonstrate competency in critical thinking by interpreting and evaluating evidence in a piece of writing and drawing valid conclusions based on the information presented.

Additional Program Requirements

There are no specific academic regulations.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102
(with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5

COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses:
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12

Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
A grade of "C" or better is required in each ENGL course.
ENGL 2111 World Literature 1 or ENGL 2112 World Literature 2
ENGL 2155: Introduction to Literary Studies: Critical Methods
ENGL 2156: Introduction to Literary Studies: Poetics
ENGL 2157: Writing for the English Major

Foreign Language 1002
Foreign Language 2001

Area G Program Requirements (English Content/Pedagogy) Required Hours: 13

Area G Professional Education Core and Student Teaching Required Hours: 21

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 27
Select one course from the following:
ENGL 2135 Multicultural Literature
ENGL 3131 African American Literature I
ENGL 3132 African American Literature II
ENGL 3149 Contemporary American Literature
ENGL 3197 Contemporary Anglophone Literature

Select one course from the following:
ENGL 4105 Shakespeare to 1600
ENGL 4106 Shakespeare after 1600

Select one course from the following:

Select two courses from the following:
ENGL 3145 Early American Literature
ENGL 3146 American Renaissance
ENGL 3147 American Realism and Naturalism
ENGL 3148 American Modernism
ENGL 3149 Contemporary American Literature

Required Course:
ENGL 5167 English Grammar

Choose three ENGL courses 2000 level or higher

Total Hours Required: 124

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule