English Language Arts & Secondary Ed (major)

What you will study

Studying English Language Arts at Alverno goes beyond reading a body of literature. You also acquire the critical-thinking skills and strategies that prepare you to be a successful K-12 educator and enhance your personal and professional life.

As an English Language Arts major, complete core courses in literature, writing, and grammar and choose electives from three tracks: Literary Studies, Film Studies and Creative Studies in Writing. A strong focus on literacy instruction at the middle level also prepares you to teach middle school reading and language arts.

Literary Studies

Books matter and the people who read them develop a set of sought after critical abilities–excellent communication, creative thinking, strong close reading, sharp synthesizing and a keen understanding of the role of the language and literature in the world. Whether you’re participating in a mock trial on moral dilemmas in a class on the novel or reading and writing memoirs, literary studies prepares you for a variety of traditional careers and any number of emerging ones.

Film Studies

Explore the history and techniques of film and engage in creative personal and cultural interpretations and analysis in this exciting program. Core courses explore fiction into film, influential genre films, and world film while also introducing you to storyboarding and the basics of film production and editing. This program gives you the opportunity to respond to film at a highly informed and active personal level.

Creative Studies in Writing

Whether you want to write creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, comics or Manga, this program nurtures your creative thinking, heightens your distinctive voice and style, while developing your narrative skills and a sophisticated use of language. The program also teaches you how to navigate the challenging world of publishing if your interests are in that area.

In Alverno’s English Language Arts program, you’ll receive one-on-one guidance from full-time faculty members through your coursework and preparation for teaching. Using a hands-on digital portfolio process that includes publication and production possibilities in AlvernoINK, the college’s online literary site, English faculty will mentor your development as a reader, writer and future teacher.

English Language Arts Major Beginning
Take one group from the following: 14
Group 1:
Perspectives on Literature
or EN-211
The Graphic Novel
Life Love Literature/Making Choices
Group 2:
Take one from the following:
Oprah's Books
Introduction to Creative Writing
Fiction Into Film
English Language Arts Major Intermediate
ED-327Literature for Young Adults2
EN-330Imagination & Identity in Literary Stds4
EN-340Eng Grammar: Understng Form & Function3
EN-343Creative Writing II3
Take three English Courses above EN-3309-12
EN-381Major Figures: Shakespeare & Cont Wrld3
EN-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
COMM-340Persuasion and Advocacy3
English Language Arts Major Advanced
Take one HUM-350 series class from the following:4
Chinese Civilization & Cultures
South Asia Civilization
Latin American Civilizations
Japan: Studies in Civilizations& Culture
The Two Koreas
Middle Eastern Civilization
Take 1 upper level Humanities course (320 and above) from subjects EN, HS, HUM, PL, RL, or SLC.3-4
Take one 400-level English Course above EN-4504
EN-430External Assessment for Majors1
Secondary Education Major - Beginning
ED-116Human Relations Workshop3
ED-201SExploration Tchg, Lrng & Assess-SED4
PED-150Human Development4
or PSY-110 Life Span Development
Secondary Education Major- Intermediate
ED-220Interview Assessment0
ED-321Middle School Teaching & Field4
ED-396Introduction to Exceptional Learner3
ED-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
HS-308US History 1607-19004
or HS-309 US in 20th Century
Secondary Education Major- Advanced
ED-315SImmersion in Tchg, Learng & Assess-SED4
PST-329Praxis II Prep Seminar0
ED-420Portfolio/Interview Assessment0
Directed Observation Teaching High Sch
and Directed Observ/Teaching Middle Sch
ED-475Student Teaching Seminar0
ED-471Teaching English/Middle-Secondary School4
Total Credits85-89