Major in English

Emphasis in Liberal Arts and Pre-Professional Programs

Students desiring the B.A. in English will consult with the department head or their major adviser. At that time, a degree audit will be provided that specifies courses taken in the major and supporting fields. Each individually tailored degree audit will need to be submitted to the Graduation Coordinator in the semester the student anticipates graduating.

While students will be counseled to construct a well-balanced program, it is possible, by making the best use of departmental resources (regular course offerings, special topics seminars and colloquia, independent studies courses) and of supporting work outside the department, to devise sequences of study with special emphases: in literature (British, American, world); in languages and linguistics; in communications and creative writing; in philosophy, aesthetics, literary theory, or film; or in special cross-disciplinary areas of interest.

The B.A. in English is flexible enough to accommodate students with a wide variety of interests and career goals. It is suitable for students who wish to enter law, medicine, ministry, or business; who intend to take graduate work in the humanities for college teaching credentials; who intend to enter any profession or post-B.A. professional training program where competence in communication skills and a broad cultural awareness are required; or who desire to pursue an interest in literature and languages.

Required courses in the major (30 semester hours)

Eng 333 and nine other advanced courses (27 sh) in literature, linguistics and writing. Students who are considering teaching in high schools or middle schools should follow the course requirements for English or language arts teacher certification. Capstone courses do not count toward the major.

Other Requirements

Four courses (12-14 semester hours) in foreign language or equivalent. The foreign language requirement may be partially fulfilled by courses in foreign language satisfactorily completed in high school. The four courses (or equivalent) needed for the B.A. degree must be in the same language.

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all English courses required for this major. Twelve semester hours of Advanced English (300-level or above) must be taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Second Major in English

Required courses for second major (24 semester hours)

Eng 201*; 3 sh from Eng 202 or 203; six advanced (300-400 level) English courses (18 sh). Four courses (12-14 sh) in a foreign language or equivalent are strongly recommended. Students who are considering teaching in high schools or middle schools should follow the course requirements for English or language arts teacher certification. Capstone courses do not count toward the second major. *Eng 101 and 102 or equivalency are prerequisites for Eng 201.

Other Requirements

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all English courses required for this second major. Twelve semester hours of Advanced English (300-level or above) must be taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Note: This program is not an option for secondary certification, option II, English majors.

Students electing English as a second major should consult with the head of the department of Literature and Languages. Recommendations in course selection will be based on the specific uses the student will make of the second major (e.g., in preparation for graduate study in literature or language or in preparation for the GRE, MCAT, or other professional school entrance examinations).

Minor in English

Required courses in the minor (18 semester hours)

Eng 201*; 3 sh from Eng 202 or 203; four advanced (300- or 400-level) English courses (six semester hours of advanced English must be taken at A&M-Commerce). A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in English courses at the 200-level and above to satisfy requirements for this minor. Capstone courses may not be used to satisfy this minor. *Eng 101 and 102 or equivalency are prerequisites for Eng 201.

Minor in Writing

Non-English majors may minor in writing. An eighteen-semester-hour emphasis, in which at least nine semester hours of advanced coursework must be taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce, includes the following requirements: English 333 and 341, plus 6 sh from Eng 315, 317, 332, Phil 251; plus 3 sh from Eng 331 or 358 or 424; plus 3 sh from Jour 214 or 314 or 329. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in these courses to satisfy requirements for the minor.

English Honors Program

Candidates for the Honors Program in English should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the Honors Program during the last half of the sophomore year.

Teacher Education Programs in English/Language Arts

Students seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in any of the following teacher education programs must complete: (1) degree requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree (refer to the bachelor’s degree requirements section of this catalog); (2) University Studies requirements (refer to that section of this catalog); (3) requirements for admission to and retention in the Teacher Education Program (refer to the Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services section of this catalog); and (4) professional development courses (refer to the appropriate departmental section in this catalog, e.g., Department of Elementary Education or Department of Secondary and Higher Education). In addition, courses in the major must be completed as shown below. Students desiring concentrated study in English should choose one of the following Teacher Education Programs (English):

  • Secondary Education, Grades 8-12
  • Middle Level English/Language Arts/Reading, Grades 4-8
  • English as a Second Language Endorsement

TExES and Teacher Certification

Students seeking certification in English/Language Arts/Reading should consult with the TExES adviser for English in the department as early as possible, but no later than the beginning of their junior year.

Secondary School English/Language Arts/Reading (B.A.)

Teacher Certification, 8-12 English/Language Arts/Reading

Students in the Secondary English/Language Arts/Reading (8-12) program must meet all of the following department criteria in order to be approved to go into their internship semester. Students who fail to meet the department criteria will have to fulfill a department remediation plan before they can be approved for internship.

  1. A “B” or higher grade in Secondary English TExES-designated classes: English 300, 333, and 403 or 420.
  2. No more than one “C” grade in any English course.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the upper-level (300-400) English courses.
  4. A THEA Reading Score of 250.

Required courses in the major (36 semester hours):
Eng 300, 311, 333, 441, 442, 471, 472; Eng 301* or 424; Eng 403 or 420; One course from Eng 323, 355, 358, 432**, 434**, 444, 474; One course from Eng 331*, 358*, 462; 3 sh advanced English.

Teacher Education courses (24 semester hours):
SHEd 300, 302, 401, 404, 4056, ETec 424; Rdg 380

Support Courses (21 semester hours):
Psy 300; SpEd 346 or 475; 12 sh Foreign Language

*These three courses also apply to requirements for the ESL Endorsement and Bilingual Interdisciplinary.
**Course may be used as both university studies and major.

Middle School English/Language Arts/Reading (B.A.)

These programs meet state guidelines for students who wish to teach in Middle School (MS) English, Language Arts, and Reading. Students in the Middle School English/Language Arts/Reading (4-8) program must meet all of the following department criteria in order to be approved to go into their internship semester. Students who fail to meet the department criteria will have to fulfill a department remediation plan before they can be approved for internship.

  1. A “B” or higher grade in Secondary English TExES-designated classes: English 300, and 333.
  2. No more than one “C” grade in any English, Reading, or Speech course.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the upper-level (300-400) courses in English, Reading, and Speech.
  4. A THEA Reading Score of 250.

B.A. in English/Language Arts/Reading with Middle School (4-8) Certification

Required courses in the major (33 semester hours):
Eng 202*, 300, 301#, 305, 323, 406, 432* or 434* or 444, 331#, 333, 358#; Spc 111*.

Teacher Education courses:
MLEd 401, 402, 403, 404; MLEd 410 or ElEd 200; ElEd 4526; Rdg 370, 450.

Math and Science courses:
Math 350, 351; Two courses from IS 351, IS 352, BSci 461, ESci 461, IS 451.

Support courses:
Psy 300, 310**; SpEd 346; MLEd 314; 12 sh Foreign Language.

*Course may be used as both university studies and major.
** Psy 310 required if not take as capstone in the Core.

#These three courses also apply to requirements for the ESL Endorsement and Bilingual Interdisciplinary.

Specialization in Bilingual for Interdisciplinary Studies Majors (for Elementary Teaching EC4)

Students desiring to teach in elementary school should consult the appropriate advisor in Elementary Education.

Requirements:
Refer to the Department of Elementary Education section of the undergraduate course catalog.

Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language

Required courses in the minor (18 semester hours):
Spa or Fre 231; Spa or Fre 232; Eng 301, 358, 457, 462.

English as a Second Language Endorsement (SHEd)

Eng 358; 301 or 331; Eng 457; and Eng 462; student teaching in ESL or one year’s teaching experience in an ESL or bilingual classroom; and passing the ESL TExES.

Other Requirements

Students must earn a “B” grade or above in each of the four required courses. Students who have earned one “C” grade are considered to be at risk and may have to retake a course or courses.