The major in English with Single Subject Matter Preparation is designed to prepare students for careers teaching middle or secondary school English or language arts. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: students who complete this program, including the required portfolio, will not be required to take the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in English to receive their teaching credential. To fulfill the Single Subject Matter Preparation standards mandated by the state of California, the program requires additional study in certain areas beyond what is required by the regular major in English. In order to receive the equivalency letter, students must also submit a portfolio of work produced in program courses; the requirements of the portfolio are covered in ENG 300.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Knowledgeably discuss major writers, works, movements, and periods of the British and American literary traditions.
- Evaluate the relationship of marginalized or oppositional voices to the evolution of literary traditions and histories.
- Analyze literary works within their historical and cultural contexts.
- Analyze works of literature in the context of the conventions and histories of their genres.
- Analyze the use and effects of literary and rhetorical features of literary texts.
- Identify major critical approaches to the interpretation of works of literature.
- Compose sophisticated written works of literary analysis, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.
- Analyze popular media texts and their effects on consumers.
- Identify issues and challenges confronting middle and secondary school English teachers in the public schools.
- Discuss language structures, language acquisition, linguistic diversity and the development of literacy.
To receive a Bachelor of Arts in English with Single-Subject Matter Preparation candidates must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements.
Preparation for the Major (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
- COM 103 Public Speaking
- ILR 260 Information Literacy
- LIT 100 Introduction to Literature
- THR 200 Theater Arts
- ENG 201 Fiction Writing I
- ENG 202 Poetry Writing I
- ENG 203 Screenwriting I
- COM 360 Representation in the Media
- ENG 300 English Practicum & Portfolio
- ENG 350 Fundamentals of Linguistics
- LIT 311 British Literature I
- LIT 312 British Literature II
- LIT 321 American Literature I
- LIT 322 American Literature II
- LIT 338 Shakespeare
- LIT 360 Literary Theory
- LIT 463 20th Century World Literature
- LIT 498 English Capstone Course