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Fitchburg State University 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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English Studies

Lisa Gim
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
Judith Budz Frank Mabee DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld
Chola Chisunka Joseph Moser Anna Mary Consalvo
Lisa Gim Angela Nastassee-Carder Katharine Covino-Poutasse
Patrice Gray   Steven Edwards
Michael Hoberman   Wendy Keyser
Aruna Krishnamurthy   Elisabet Takehana
Irene Martyniuk   Kisha Tracy
Thomas Murray   Diego Ubiera
Benjamin Railton   Heather Urbanski
Doris Schmidt    

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, and bachelor of science English-Literature, bachelor of science English-Professional Writing, bachelor of science English-Initial Licensure.

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

One Upper Level Literature: 4000 Level 3 cr.

One Upper Level Writing Intensive 3 cr.

Jr/Sr Writing requirement is met through one of the following writing intensive courses (select from)

Capstone 3 cr.

BA in English Studies—Secondary Education with Initial Teacher Licensure

72 Credit Hours: 21 Core, 21 Literature Concentration, 30 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.

***ENGL 2910  fulfills both 3 cr. Genre Studies Requirement and 3 cr. Initial Licensure Requirement.

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