Foster Strong Written Communication Skills

Teach students what it means to read actively and to write well. The English BA program with a teaching emphasis at A&M-Commerce lets you immerse yourself in all that English has to offer. Explore courses in female writers, African diasporic literature, and mythology. Collaborate with faculty and peers as you analyze novels, poems, essays and memoirs. Our flexible program caters to your teaching interests. Take classes in language acquisition and processing, pedagogy, comprehension and vocabulary to prepare for the classroom. Are you up to the challenge? Join our program today!

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See Yourself Succeed With a Degree in English

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Career Readiness

Thinking critically and communicating effectively. That's what employers are looking for. The College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts is dedicated to providing you the knowledge and resources for exceling in the workforce.

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Enrich Your Education

Our multidisciplinary department offers a range of specialties from applied linguistics to film history. Our well-rounded programs will enable you to understand cultural and social differences within the framework of literature and languages.

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Writing Resources

Improve your writing skills through the Department of Literature and Languages. You'll have access to writing resources to strengthen your talents and sharpen your communicating skills.

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Dedicated Faculty

Engage with exceptional faculty who will teach you to read well and write often. Our faculty are committed to improving your analytical skills and offer insight into the use and structure of language, literature and film.

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Focus Your Passion

The Department of Literature and Languages offers two different tracks towards earning your bachelor’s degree. Discover what option works best for your career interest and long-term goals.

Middle School English/Language Arts/Reading BA

Work closely with faculty as you explore literature, mythology, non-fiction and much more. By the end of this track, you’ll be certified to teach in the middle school of your choice.
Total credit hours: 120

Secondary School (7-12) English/Language Arts/Reading BA

Learn not only an appreciation for Shakespeare but also how to bring his work into the lives of your students. This track offers a comprehensive path towards your Secondary School teacher certification.
Total credit hours: 120

Faculty Spotlight

Shannon Carter, Ph.D.

Humans are inherently storytelling creatures. This is our refrain. This is how we know who we are–…

Lucy Pickering, Ph.D.

The best part about attending A&M-Commerce is that you are not a number. You are an individual w…

Gavin P. Johnson, Ph.D.

If teachers trust students to engage in difficult, rigorous and rewarding work, together we invent p…

Ashanka Kumari, Ph.D.

I am motivated by people. As a teacher, that's students; as a researcher, it's the people most i…

What You Will Learn

A degree in English with a teaching emphasis will enable you to:

  • Write effectively, think critically, read analytically and gain a broad cultural awareness
  • Apply principles of literary analysis and critical reading strategies to the classroom setting
  • Explore the use and structure of language
  • Develop an appreciation of literature and film as art forms
  • Gain academic enrichment and professional preparation through a wide range of offerings, campus resources and an international faculty
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High angle view of professors and university students discussing at table in classroom


Our flexible program caters to your literary interests and teaching career goals. You’ll be well-prepared to teach students the beauty of literature and learning.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

High School Teacher
Middle School Teacher
English as a Second Language Instructor

Data from the US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2022

Internship opportunities

Internship experience provides the foundation that employers are often looking for. Internships are required for this degree and are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Student Career Preparedness and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce English students.

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Course Delivery

Our in-person program is designed for you to explore a wide collection of literature that caters to your interests and career goals.

Student Organizations

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society whose mission is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Membership in the Texas A&M University-Commerce chapter (Upsilon Beta) grants you opportunities for scholarships, internships, publication, fellowship and student leadership.

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Undergraduate Program Costs

Program Costs

Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.

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