English Teaching

The English department faculty invites students who love stories, words and writing. If you want to teach English, you'll complete an English education major and take classes in Northwestern’s accredited education department. You can complete the program in four years and will graduate ready to be licensed to teach secondary English in almost every state. Students majoring in English education must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program.

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Major requirements

English electives 4
ENG 221 - Responding to Writing
This course will enable students to develop a theorized practice forresponding to writing. Students will study methods of response, conferencingstrategies, approaches to revision, English as a Second Language (ESL),interpersonal dynamics, and the ethics of text intervention. They will alsoexplore contemporary research in the composition field, which will help thembetter respond to writing and improve their own writing skills. As a courserequirement, students must satisfy a practicum commitment by working aminimum of one hour per week (for pay) in the Writing Center. Prerequisite: Declared English teaching major, declared public relationsmajor, or permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternate years, consultdepartment)
ENG 277 - Young Adult Literature
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course examines the field of young adult literature in its various genres: realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, and poetry. Students will develop criteria for book selection and learn ways to respond ethically to young adult literature. Prerequisite: ENG250LC. ENG292 is also recommended.
ENG 280 - Shakespeare
William Shakespeare never attended college, yet he saw the world sharply in his mind's eye. He wrote piercingly about kings and college students, warriors and witches, goblins and gravediggers, his 1,000 characters have never been off the stage in 400 years. In this course we read eight plays which fathom the range of human experience and take the English language to the height of expressive beauty. Prerequisite: ENG250LC (4 credits, alternate years)
ENG 283 - Grammar in the Classroom
Most middle schools and high schools expect their English teachers to teach writing and grammar. What are the goals of teaching grammar? What grammar should young writers know? This course takes a rhetorical approach to the study of grammar and to its use in the teaching of writing. Prerequisite: NWC101/105 and sophomore standing. (2 credits)
ENG 290WI - The Art of the Essay
(2 credits)(Writing intensive) A study of some of the best contemporary American non-fiction writing on such subjects as politics, the arts, religion, natural science and medicine. Students write on similar topics and develop their own style by emulating such models. Prerequisites: sophomore class standing or permission of instructor.
ENG 292WI - Introduction to Narrative and Verse
Students will be introduced to the foundations of reading and writingnarrative and verse (fiction and poetry) and will, through an exploration ofa wide range of styles, come to understand both the historical aspects ofeach genre (i.e. how the art's been practiced and done before) and how thosegenres are currently practiced (i.e. what's poetry and fiction look liketoday?). Students will learn to read work closely and actively, as writers,and will learn how to be in communication (both written and oral) with text. (4 credits) (Writing intensive)
ENG 345 - Linguistic Perspectives on English
In this course, we learn the rudiments of language study, trace the history of English, and gain a rigorous appreciation for the power of words. We follow the English language from its origin in a warlike Germanic tribe to its present state as the dominant medium of international communication. We learn the historical reasons for our irregular spelling and enormous lexicon. We sample varieties of English across America and throughout the world. Along the way, we learn to read basic Old and Middle English, challenge common assumptions about the nature of language, and confront the devastation of the world's linguistic ecology. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
Choose one course: 4
ENG 346 - American Literature I
A study of prose and poetry in the United States from America's beginnings through the end of the Civil War. The course will focus on the works of Colonial and Romantic writers and the literatures of Native and African Americans. Special attention will be given to defining the qualities and concerns that make this literature distinctively "American." Prerequisite: ENG250LC. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG 347 - American Literature II
A study of prose and poetry in the United States from the Civil War until the present. The course will study works by realists (including regionalists) and modernists, as well as contemporary writers. Prerequisite: ENG250LC. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
Choose one course: 4
ENG 375 - Early British Literature
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A journey through ten centuries of British literature, from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, culminating in the great Christian epic, Milton's Paradise Lost. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
ENG 378 - English Nineteenth-Century Literature
The industrial revolution resulted in an urbanized, more literate population. Writers of the time sought to reach a popular audience in a way unparalleled in English literary history. We shall read Austen, Wordsworth, Dickens, Eliot and their contemporaries, examining what they thought of and had to say to the common people of their day. Prerequisite: ENG250LC. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
ENG 379 - English Twentieth-Century Literature
England was largely depopulated of young men and nearly reduced to rubble by two world wars. The nation that arose, stripped of its empire, has continued to be a literary center. We shall read Shaw, Yeats, Eliot, Heaney and others, examining how they have analyzed and expressed the modern human condition. Prerequisite: ENG250LC. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
Choose one course: 4
ENG 450SR - Aesthetic Experience and the Christian Faith
Students in this Senior Seminar will consider the role of the arts in their lives, both as they have studied the arts at Northwestern, and as the arts will find a place in their lives going forward. As works of art develop in the artist's concentrated attention, the state we call "inspiration," so the experience of the work of art is an experience of concentrated attention to the thing itself, losing oneself in the work. While interpretation of the work in the broadest sense (both recognizing its structure and identifying its essential themes) can help to enrich the experience, the experience itself is the point. For aesthetic experience responds to the call of beauty, and in it we enter the presence of God. Prerequisites: Literature major or permission of instructor. (4 credits)
ENG 480 - Special Topics in Literature and Culture
In this seminar we analyze interpretive problems in literature and their relation to cultural theories and conditions. Particular attention is given to questions germane to Christian experience and thought. (4 credits, non-yearly, consult department)

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THE 160AE - Film Aesthetics and Criticism
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under AestheticExperience)This course is an examination of film as one of the dominant artforms and influencers of our culture. We will look at film's artistictechniques, genres and content, and we will do film critique.

Total credits required: 40