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 CAEP-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 for responding to writing. Students will study methods of response, conferencing strategies, approaches to revision, English as a Second Language (ESL), interpersonal dynamics, and the ethics of text intervention. As a course requirement, students must satisfy a practicum commitment by working a minimum of one hour per week (for pay) in the Writing Center. Prerequisite: recommendation of a writing instructor. (2 credits)
ENG 277 - Teaching Literature to Adolescents
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. (2 credits; alternateyears, consult department) Note: Students taking ENG308x should take this course during the samesemester.
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, consult department)
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: IGE101 and sophomore standing. (2 credits)
ENG 290WI - The Art of the Essay
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.(2 credits) (Writing Intensive)
ENG 292WI - Introduction to Narrative and Verse
No course description available.
ENG 345 - Linguistic Perspectives on English
Where did our language come from? How did English get the biggest vocabulary of any modern language? How are the words joust, yoke, and yoga related? Why is English spelling so irregular? Are there bad words? This course traces the 1500 year development of our language, from the Germanic tongue of Beowulf to the Frenchified language of Chaucer, to the many varieties of modern English spoken around the world. (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 376 - Medieval Literature
No course description available.
ENG 377 - English Renaissance Literature
Like our own age, the Renaissance saw spiritual perspectives and secular perspectives in conflict and in synthesis. Writers, like seafarers, expanded our understanding of what it is to be human in this world. In this course we read plays, speeches, and poems by such authors as Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, Donne and Milton.Prerequisite:ENG250LC.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
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 410 - Seminar in Interpretation
In this course we study basic problems in understanding literary texts. We explore solutions offered by various critical schools (structuralism, psychoanalysis, New Historicism, reception-aesthetics), examining both their inherent logic and their applicability to a particular text. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
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)Note: Specific subject matter will vary from year to year and might includesuch topics as a literary period, a national literature, a specific author,or literary genre. This course may be taken more than once provided adiferent topic is studied.

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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