Students may combine an English Major with a Secondary Education Minor and graduate fully prepared for a career in teaching.
This major allows students to pursue a career in teaching while expanding their knowledge of literature and writing, and developing their ability to think clearly, critically, and creatively. Through courses in linguistics, cultural studies, literature, and creative writing, majors on this track become aware of how students' backgrounds can shape their classroom experiences, how and why English contains many variants, and how race, class, and gender may affect a student's use of English, way of reading, or willingness to speak in class. Our majors learn to create community and to use the power of narrative to excite students about learning.
Our majors may supplement their study through Experiential Learning classes, the Creative Cloud Program (which brings creative writing and literature to underserved groups within our community), and internships.
The goal of the secondary education licensure is to ensure that our students will foster understanding and appreciation of English in a new generation of learners. Through our small classes and individual conferences, we teach our majors to bring their future students into a positive and meaningful relationship with literature and writing.
Marisela Weber, '19
I am a Sophomore student pursuing an English major with a Secondary Education minor. I grew up in Shoreview, Minnesota where I attended Roseville Area High School, a place with teachers who inspired my interest in both English and teaching. My passion for literature has driven me to pursue English while my interests of social justice and education pushed me towards the important field of teaching. I hope to work in a high school or middle school and also volunteer my time directing theater in either of those settings. Through teaching, I will be able to follow many of my passions and be challenged in my everyday work.
Grace Bandel, '19
I am a sophomore from Rochester, MN where I graduated from Lourdes High School in 2015. Currently, I am working towards a major in English and a minor in Secondary Education. I have always known that I wanted to be an educator as I have been inspired by teachers throughout my own education. In addition, as someone who loves getting lost in the emotional and motivational complexities of authors and characters, I knew that English education would be a good fit for me. I find that achieving a balance between my two areas of study is extremely stimulating and fulfilling. Upon my graduation from CSB in 2019, I am confident that I will be fully prepared to excel in a career as an English educator.