English Language Arts & Secondary Ed (major)

What you will study

Required courses in the English language arts major prepare you to teach Shakespeare; American, British, and world literature; writing and grammar; journalism; and speech. A strong focus on literacy instruction at the middle level prepares you to teach middle school reading and language arts as well.

In addition, you have the opportunity to choose advanced English courses from a wide range of literary topics, such as the Harlem Renaissance, Victorian novel, British modernism, and African American literature.

Studying English language arts at Alverno goes beyond reading a body of literature. You also acquire the critical-thinking skills and strategies that enhance your personal and professional life. In your beginning-level courses, you learn close- reading and close-viewing strategies, becoming more attentive to patterns in language, imagery, and metaphor in literature and film. Intermediate courses emphasize the application of literary criticism. By becoming adept at using historical, reader-response, psychoanalytical, feminist, and other literary critical approaches, you deepen your understanding of and experiences with literature and film. In advanced courses, you explore the impact of literary studies on your professional development, your interactions with others, and your perceptions of the world.

Throughout your work you have the opportunity to assess your progress and to reflect on your learning by building an electronic sampler of your work in the Diagnostic Digital Portfolio.

Courses in the English language arts program help you develop proficiency in the following outcomes:

  • Reads and interprets diverse cultural expressions in works of literature, film, and other media

  • Communicates an understanding of literary criticism, questions its assumptions, and uses its frameworks to analyze and evaluate works

  • Engages personally, intellectually, and creatively in the expanding discourse of the discipline of English

  • Collaborates in aesthetic communities by articulating how literary studies affect professional choices and public life

  • Writes coherently and creatively, making conscious and sophisticated stylistic choices in language and structure

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the structure and history of the language, linguistic development in England and America, and major grammatical systems

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

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 two English Courses above EN-330
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
EN-430External Assessment for Majors1
Take one 400-level English course above EN-450

These 4 credits will count as one HFA-210 and one HFA-210.