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Fitchburg State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Studies, Secondary Education, with Initial Teacher Licensure, BA

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English Studies

Patrice Gray
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
Janice Alberghene Angela Nastassee-Carder Anna Mary Consalvo
Judith Budz Michael Hoberman Alison Layne Craig
Chola Chisunka Aruna Krishnamurthy Steven Edwards
Lisa Gim Margarite Landry Frank Mabee 
Patrice Gray Benjamin Railton Joseph Moser
Nancy Kelly Doris Schmidt Elisabet Takehana
Irene Martyniuk Ian Williams  Kisha Tracy
Richard McElvain    
Kelly Morgan    
Thomas Murray    

Objectives for the Program in English Studies

Through a variety of specialized programs, English majors can obtain a bachelor of arts English-Literature, bachelor of arts English-Professional Writing, bachelor of arts English- Initial Licensure, bachelor of arts English-Theater, and bachelor of science English-Literature, bachelor of science English-Professional Writing, bachelor of science English-Initial Licensure, and bachelor of science English-Theater.

The English Studies program offers students a) knowledge of the broad field of literature in English, b) in-depth knowledge of its diverse aspects, c) the reading, writing, and research tools for exploring the field and its boundaries, and d) ample opportunity for hands-on experience in related fields.

Requirements for the Major in English Studies

Approaches to English Studies (ENGL 2999 ) provides an introduction to the discipline. All English majors must satisfactorily complete the course by the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students must take ENGL 2999  during their first year at the university, unless exempted by the department chair, based on evaluation of transfer course work. English majors in all concentrations must fulfill common core requirements, including the Senior Capstone. See individual tracks for specific requirements in addition to the above.

Core Courses for All English Studies Concentrations

All English Majors are required to take 21 credits from the following courses:

Three Literature Surveys

Students may take a third Survey or substitute an equivalent period course in British or American literature as indicated below:

One Upper Level Literature: 4000 Level 3 cr.

Capstone 3 cr.

BA in English Studies—Secondary Education with Initial Teacher Licensure

76 Credit Hours: 21 Core, 21 Literature Concentration, 34 Initial Licensure Concentration

  • Second-year language proficiency is required.

Students within our English major can pursue initial licensure as a middle or high school English teacher. This program provides students with both a broad introduction to middle and high school teaching and specific instruction in the theory, research, and practice of secondary English teaching. Throughout the program, students engage in field-based experiences in the school setting supervised by our faculty, culminating in a formal teaching practicum. This program is nationally accredited by NCTE/NCATE and boasts graduates working in high schools throughout the region.

Students interested in pursuing Initial Teacher Licensure must apply for formal admission to the program. GPA requirements of 2.5 must be met in order to register for initial pedagogy classes. Further GPA and stage requirements must be met prior to registering for ENGL 4850  and the practicum. For information about undergraduate requirements in teacher preparation, see the section titled: “Teacher Preparation Programs  (Undergraduate)”.

Students in this concentration will fulfill core requirements and literature concentration requirements, as well as the following courses:


*Students must have an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 to take any of the courses.

**Students must have an overall minimum GPA of 2.75, 3.0 in the major courses and passing score on the MTEL Communication and Literacy and Subject Area Exam.

***May be used to fulfill Genre Studies Requirement

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