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Major Requirements

Minimum Total Hours: 124

Total Liberal Arts Hours: 60

For General Education Requirements see the requirements list that can be found under the General Education Council. Exceptions to the requirements are as follows: LIT 101 excluded (LIT 101, CMP 101/102 cannot count toward the major); only one fine arts course is required (ART 101, MUS 104, OR FNA 102); PSY 203 must be taken to meet the behavioral science requirement; GEO 201 must be taken to meet the history, economics, or social sciences requirement.

Minimum Requirements: Students must maintain a GPA of 2.7 in the major and overall. Students must receive no grade less than a C in the major; a minimum grade of C in CMC 101 and mathematics proficiency course; a minimum grade of C+ in CMP 101, CMP 102, and 100-level EDU courses; and a minimum grade of B- in 200+ level EDU courses.

Transfer Requirements: See institutional transfer policies.

Application to the Major: A special application form and requirements must be obtained from the Department of Language & Literature or online at the Department’s intranet page (the standard institutional major application will not be accepted). The application must be submitted at the end of the sophomore year. A minimum overall GPA of 2.7 is required to be accepted into and to remain in the major. In addition, students must apply to the Department of Teacher Education after completing two EDU courses (usually EDU 185 and EDU 195). Students must also apply to student teach by the appropriate deadline. Contact the Teacher Education Department for specific deadlines and forms.

Major Requirements: 39 hours as follows:

  • LIT 315;
  • Two composition courses (CMP 320 and CMP 341);
  • Four survey courses with one of them being World Literature (LIT 201, 202, 204, 205, 207, 208);
  • Two major author courses (LIT 303, 305, 312);
  • One theory course (CMC 301 or LIT 307);
  • Two senior-level literature courses (LIT 405 and either LIT 402 or LIT 403);
  • Three semester hours of electives selected from any of the previously listed courses not already used to meet a requirement or from the following: LIT 304, 309, 314.

Students who are pursuing Adolescence Education English for grades 7-12 (with an extension in English for grades 5-6) are also required to complete:

  • A 39-hour core of education courses (EDU 185, 195 & 195 OPE, 235, 260, 294, 357 & 357 OPE, 360 & 360 OPE, 385 & 385 OPE, PSY 203 Lab, 402A & 402B, 442);
  • Training in Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment;
  • Training in School Violence Prevention and Intervention. Students must also complete 100 hours of fieldwork, called observation-participation experience (OPE).

Students who are pursuing dual certification in Adolescence Education English for grades 7-12 and Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist are required to complete:

  • A 51-hour core of education courses, including courses for teaching content to students with disabilities (EDU 185, 195 & 195 OPE, 235, 294, 357 & 357 OPE, 360 & 360 OPE, 365 & 365 OPE, 385 & 385 OPE, 390, PSY 203 Lab, HST 361, MTH 361, SCI 361, 402A & 402B, 442);
  • Training in Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment;
  • Training in School Violence Prevention and Intervention. Students pursuing dual certification must complete 150 hours of fieldwork, called observation-participation experience (OPE).

View the full check sheet to see detailed course requirements: