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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Harrisburg

English

Capital College (ENGCL)

PROFESSOR PATRICIA E. JOHNSON, Program Coordinator, School of Humanities

This English major, with its two options, offers students the unique opportunity to study literature in an interdisciplinary context where the relationships among literature and art, history, music, philosophy, media, and American Studies can be investigated. The major offers courses in American, British, and world literatures, emphasizing their cultural and historical contexts as well as teaching students to interpret them from a variety of critical perspectives. Small classes in both creative and expository writing encourage students to develop their writing skills by working closely with faculty.

For a B. HUM. degree in English, a minimum of 120 credits is required. For the B. HUM. degree in English with Secondary Education Option, a minimum of 122 credits is required.

GENERAL ENGLISH OPTION: With its emphases on interpretive skills, creativity, and writing, the General English Option provides a foundation for careers in such fields as publishing, public relations, communication, government and law, as well as a strong basis for graduate education.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the English major requires a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

SECONDARY EDUCATION OPTION: The Secondary Education Option enables the graduate to meet all the academic requirements for the Instructional I certificate for teaching at the secondary-school level, which is issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Students admitted to the program must have the appropriate clearances. These include FBI fingerprint check, Act 151 child abuse history clearance, and Act 34 criminal record check.

Students thinking seriously about entering the education program should plan their freshman and sophomore years carefully. Semesters 5 through 8 are very structured.

Entry to English Major, Secondary Education option requires the following additional requirements:

  1. A minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  2. Completion of ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) and three credits of literature from approved list with a C or higher grade.
  3. Completion of six credits of college-level mathematics (MATH or STAT prefixes) with a C or higher grade.

Selective Retention (Secondary Education Option):

Following entrance to the major, STUDENTS will be evaluated for retention in the program based on:

  1. maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. completion of required courses with a C or higher grade;
  3. an acceptable or above rating on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.*

To be eligible to student teach, STUDENTS must:

  1. maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. complete with a C or higher grade all required Content and Education Courses;
  3. Satisfaction of any entrance testing requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in effect at the time of application for entrance to major;
  4. submit and pass the Writing Proficiency Portfolio that demonstrates their proficiency as writers (see English Program Coordinator for specific instructions and deadlines);
  5. be rated acceptable or above on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.*

In order to successfully complete the Secondary Education option, STUDENTS must:

  1. complete EDUC 490 with a grade of C or higher;
  2. maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  3. complete with a grade of C or higher, all required Content and Education Courses;
  4. complete a presentation portfolio; and
  5. be rated acceptable or above on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.*

*FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION SEE THE SECONDARY EDUCATION HANDBOOK.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(6-15 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-18 credits

BACHELOR OF HUMANITIES DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 18 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Humanities Degree Requirements in Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 45-65 credits
(This includes 6-15 of General Education courses: General English Option, 6 credits of General Education Arts (GA) and/or Social and Behavioral Science (GS) courses; Secondary Education Option, 6 credits of General Education Quantification (GQ) courses, 3 credits of General Education Social Sciences (GS) courses, and 6 credits of General Humanities (GH) courses.

At least 15 credits of Prescribed, Additional, and/or Supporting courses must be taken at the 400 level.

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 21 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)[1]
ENGL 200W(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ENGL 444(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following: ENGL 221(3), ENGL 221W(3), ENGL 222(3), ENGL 222W(3), ENGL 231(3), ENGL 231W(3), ENGL 232(3), ENGL 232W(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits) (At least 9 credits must be at the 300-400 level)
Select 3 credits in American ethnic literature or African-American literature from department list (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits in world literature or comparative literature from department list (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits in American literature at the 300 or 400 level from department list (Sem: 5-8)[1]
Select 3 credits in British literature at the 300 or 400 level from department list (Sem: 5-8)[1]

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 24-53 credits

GENERAL ENGLISH OPTION: (24 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following: ENGL 050 GA(3), ENGL 210(3), ENGL 212(3), ENGL 213(3), ENGL 215(3), ENGL 250(3), ENGL 412(3), ENGL 413(3), ENGL 415(3), ENGL 416(3), ENGL 417(3), ENGL 418(3), ENGL 419(3), ENGL 420(3), ENGL 421(3), ENGL 422(3), ENGL 423(3), ENGL 425(3), ENGL 470(3), ENGL 491(3) (Sem: 3-8)[1]
Select 3 credits from the following ENGL 100(3), ENGL 191 GH(3), ENGL 196 GH:US:IL(3), ENGL 261(3), ENGL 262 GH(3), ENGL 263 GH(3), ENGL 265 GH(3), ENGL 268 GH(3), ENGL 400(3), ENGL 401(3), ENGL 407(3), ENGL 458(3), ENGL 482(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 12 credits in Literature, Writing, and/or Rhetoric (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits from General Education Arts (GA) and/or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) (Sem: 3-8)

SECONDARY EDUCATION OPTION: (53 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (44 credits)
HD FS 239 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
EDPSY 014(3) (Sem: 1-3)
C I 280 GH(3) (Sem: 3-4)
EDUC 313(2), EDUC 314(3), EDUC 315W US(3), EDUC 322(3), EDUC 416(3), EDUC 458(3), EDUC 490(12) (Sem: 5-8)
EDUC 459(3), ENGL 470W(3) (Sem: 6-7)[1]

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 6 credits of General Education Quantification courses (GQ) with a MATH or STAT prefix (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of GH literature from department list (Sem: 1-4)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-06-032A

Review Date: 04/09/2013

R & T: 01/14/2014

Program coordinator updated by Publications: 9/29/06

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