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Department of English English Teaching

Welcome to the English Teaching Major! A degree focusing on English Teaching is for students who wish for specific training in the teaching of language and literature at the secondary level; it is coordinated with the Department of Teaching and Learning.


Note: No more than 9 credits may be from lower-division courses.

GER Humanities Requirement [H] (1 course, 3 credit hours):

  • One of the following: Hum 101, 103, 302, 303, 304, 335, 350, 410, or 450 (the last two are Tier III [T] classes recommended for English majors).

Core (5 courses, 15 credit hours):

  • Engl 302: Introduction to English Studies
  • Three of the following:
    • Engl 370: The Making of “English”: Literature, Language and Culture Before 1600
    • Engl 371: 17th and 18th Century Transnational Literature in English
    • Engl 372: 19th Century Literature of the British Empire and the America
    • Engl 373: 20th and 21st Century Global Literatures in English.
  • One of the following:
    • Engl 205: Introduction to Shakespeare
    • Engl 305: Shakespeare [to 1600]
    • Engl 306: Shakespeare [after 1600]

Teaching Concentration (4 courses, 12 credit hours):

  • Engl 326: Applied Grammar for Teachers
  • Engl 325: Young Adult Literature
  • Engl 324: Rhetoric and Composition for Teaching
  • Engl 323: Approaches to the Teaching of English

English or Humanities Electives (4 courses, 12 credit hours):

  • Students may take for their electives any combination of literature classes from either the English or Humanities courses, with advisor approval.  At least one of these courses must be a writers-of-color class so designated by the Undergraduate Studies Committee.

For secondary credential, grades of C or better are required in all courses in the major, as well as 2.5 g.p.a. overall. See College of Education for additional credential requirements.


Majors in all options must have two [M] (writing intensive) courses in English. Of the 120 total credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree at WSU, forty credit hours must be in upper-division courses. For course descriptions and suggested four-year degree sequences, see the current WSU catalog.

Assessment: End-of-Program Portfolio

In all options, students are required to submit a sample paper from Engl 302 and from a senior literature course (for Creative Writing majors, a sample of writing from Engl 251 and from an advanced creative writing workshop course) and to complete an exit questionnaire before graduation.

Potential Careers

  • English teacher
  • College professor
  • Historian
  • Language Instructor
  • Librarian
  • Translator
  • Writer