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.