Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

English Major, B.A. with Secondary English Teacher Licensure Concentration

Department of English  

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): Online, In-Person, Hybrid  

About the Program

Candidates seeking an undergraduate degree and licensure in English will major in English with a concentration in Secondary English Teacher Licensure.  This concentration, offered in conjunction with the School of Education, prepares degree seeking, future secondary teachers of English to understand and teach the diverse subject matter required for licensure. This program equips students with a wide variety of language principles and skills; practical experience in developing and teaching the processes of writing; sound knowledge of approaches to literature and literary genres; periods and authors (including a special focus on young adult literature); and an understanding of communication and media as used in English studies. In addition to meeting specified state and departmental requirements, this program offers students the opportunity to develop further specialization in writing, language, or literature to complement the major. The major provides student with a background in the Colorado Academic Standards for English and prepares them to pass the required content exam for licensure.

Student Outcomes

Secondary Education

  • Students in Secondary/K-12 Education teacher licensure programs will demonstrate awareness of multiculturalism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  • Students in Secondary/K-12 Education teacher licensure program will gain readiness and eligibility for student teaching
  • Teacher candidates will successfully complete student teaching

English Major B.A.

  • Students can produce polished writing in a variety of genres appropriate to audience and purpose 
  • Understand how language is used, and the factors accounting for variation in language use 
  • Students identify and use appropriate methods in their research, assess their sources, and cite all sources professionally  
  • A student can analyze texts appropriate to the discipline, with an understanding of the ways in which texts can reflect or shape historical and cultural contexts. 
  • Students can apply appropriate disciplinary criticism or theory  
  • Examine diverse perspectives among the world-views, power structures, and experiences of individuals, groups, communities, and/or cultures, in historical and contemporary contexts, specifically through the lenses of race and ethnicity, global perspectives, and/or sexual and gender identities.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is required for this program. If pursuing licensure, students must minor in Secondary Education through the School of Education.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement  for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

English Major: 46 credits

Language Core: 3 credits

Composition Core: 3 credits

Students will take one of the following:

Linguistics Course: 3 credits

Students will take one of the following:

Upper-Level Electives: 6 credits

Two upper-division English courses, at least one of which must be a literature course, selected in consultation with and approved by a designated English advisor.

Senior Experience: 12 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
English Major Courses 46 credits
Foundation and Methods for Secondary Education 24 credits
Senior Experience 12 credits
Minor and Unrestricted Electives 2-17 credits
Total for the English Major, B.A. with Secondary English Teacher Licensure Concentration 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.