Bachelor of Arts
in English

with Single Subject Preparation


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Program Overview

Prepare to become a middle or secondary school English or language arts teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in English with single subject matter preparation for teaching. The BA in English literature 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 BA online degree 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

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Course Details

Course Listing

Preparation for the Major

  • 5 courses; 22.5 quarter units

Course Name

This class is an introduction to the principles and application of speaking effectively to diverse audiences in a variety of settings. Focus is on topic selection, organization, analysis of research, and delivery, with special attention on learning effective delivery skills.

PrerequisiteENG 102

A cross-disciplinary course that teaches effective report and research paper writing through the use of key computer technologies. Topics include library and Internet research; information organization, evaluation, and synthesis; MLA and APA style formats; and the use of document-production, image-editing, and presentation software.

PrerequisiteENG 102

An overview of the main genres of literature, including fiction, poetry and drama. Examines literary language and different approaches to literary criticism designed to increase student confidence when responding to literature.

An introduction to theater as a dramatic medium, focusing on performance and production skills in a variety of genres and contexts.

*May also be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

  • And one of the following two courses: ENG 201 or ENG 202

Course Name

PrerequisiteENG 102

An introductory course in writing short fiction. Students will focus on the basic elements of fiction writing and write their own original work. Students will also analyze published work and discuss each other’s writing in a traditional workshop format. Designed to give students a basis for future creative work.

Requirements for the Major

  • 25 courses; 108 quarter units

English Requirements

  • 11 courses; 49.5 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteENG 102

An exploration of the ways in which popular media represents our diverse and dynamic culture. The course focuses particularly on images and narratives of race and gender on television, in the movies and in popular culture. It also examines the cultural forces that influence how such representations are produced and perceived, their political and behavioral consequences, and various methods for analyzi

PrerequisiteENG 102

An introduction to contemporary linguistics. Covers the phonology, morphology and syntax of the English language with an emphasis on language acquisition as related to the developmental stages of childhood. The course is especially designed for students intending to teach elementary school students.

  • ONE of the following TWO courses: LIT 311 or LIT 312

Course Name

PrerequisiteENG 240 and; LIT 100

A survey of important British authors and literary trends from Chaucer through the middle of the 18th century.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

A survey of important British authors and literary trends from the late 18th century through the modern era, with a focus on Romantic, Victorian and Modernist writers and texts. Some attention will also be paid to colonial and post-colonial writing in English.

Course Name

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

A survey of important American authors and literary trends through the late 19th century. Texts will be situated in relation to cultural, philosophical, social and historical contexts, e.g., Puritanism and its legacies, varieties of American Romanticism, debates over slavery and gender roles, formation of national identities.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

An examination of major works of William Shakespeare.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

An examination of mythology. This course recognizes that myth-making is a creative activity central to all cultures, including our own society. Students analyze and compare mythological narratives from a variety of cultures.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

A survey of important contemporary literary theories and their application to literary analysis and criticism.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

Provides students with a foundation for teaching children to read and learn through reading. Students learn to identify the stages in reading development, select appropriate literary texts for diverse learners at each stage, analyze children’s literary texts, and assess the literacy and language development of young learners.

  • Any ONE of the following THREE courses: LIT 410 or LIT 420 or LIT 460

Course Name

PrerequisiteENG 240 and; LIT 100

Examination of important representative works by U.S. African-American writers and theoretical approaches relevant to studying that literature. Emphases may vary in different sections.

PrerequisiteLIT 100 and ENG 240

Examination of important representative works by U.S. Latino writers and theoretical approaches relevant to studying that literature. Emphases may vary in different sections.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

A study of the representations of gender in literature to better understand changing literary aesthetics. Discusses assumptions about the ways gender permeates language and discourse.

PrerequisiteENG 240 and LIT 100

Study of contemporary literary works from diverse cultures outside the Anglo-American literary tradition.

  • Capstone Requirement

Course Name

PrerequisiteSatisfactory completion of 8 upper-division ENG or LIT courses

This course is designed as the culmination of the English B. A. program. Students will bring the skills in literary study, analysis, research and writing learned in the program to bear on an original work of literary scholarship. Students will also be given the opportunity to revisit and revise several papers written in previous classes in the major. This course is an eight-week Practicum. Grading is H, S, or U only.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Arts in English with Single Subject Matter Preparation and Inspired Teaching and Learning Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential (California), 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 a minimum of 69 units of the University General Education. 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. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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