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: 1||4|
|Perspectives on Literature|
|The Graphic Novel|
|Life Love Literature/Making Choices|
Take one from the following:
|Introduction to Creative Writing|
|Fiction Into Film|
|English Language Arts Major Intermediate|
|ED-327||Literature for Young Adults||2|
|EN-330||Imagination & Identity in Literary Stds||4|
|EN-340||Eng Grammar: Understng Form & Function||3|
|EN-343||Creative Writing II||3|
|Take two English Courses above EN-330|
|EN-381||Major Figures: Shakespeare & Cont Wrld||3|
|EN-399||Formal Introduction to Advanced Work||0|
|COMM-340||Persuasion and Advocacy||3|
|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-430||External Assessment for Majors||1|
|Take one 400-level English course above EN-450|