Turn your passions for English and literature into a rewarding teaching career with the degree BA in English Language and Literature and English Education from Southern New Hampshire University. This unique program equips you with the skills to read and interpret literature as well as write for a variety of purposes.
Because SNHU emphasizes real-world experience, our degree also offers distinct advantages over similar programs. Here, you won't have to wait until senior year to get into a classroom. Our students begin working - not just observing - in real classrooms first semester, freshman year.
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As a student, you'll graduate with a deep understanding of English, while meeting all state requirements for teacher certification. Graduates are well-qualified and have an edge when seeking teaching positions. Our faculty have experience teaching children and remain current in their fields. They're members of state education committees, winners of national awards and your biggest supporters.
With the degree BA in English Language and Literature and English Education, you'll:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in English language and literature and English education at SNHU include:
Students in SNHU's degree BA in English Language and Literature and English Education will gain a broad and integrated liberal arts background and the techniques, knowledge and experience to help middle through senior high school students develop to their highest potential.
The program meets the requirements for New Hampshire certification to teach English in middle and high school. (New Hampshire teaching certification is reciprocal in most states.)
The outlook for education jobs in the years ahead looks promising for graduates. Many veteran teachers approaching retirement will drive demand for new teachers over the next decade.
We pair classroom knowledge and theory with significant field experience, including student teaching in your senior year. At SNHU, you'll examine traditional, innovative and research-based approaches to teaching. Our graduates are prepared professionals with the passion and skills to make a difference in today's secondary schools.
The program leads to teacher certification and culminates in a 16-week student teaching experience, where you'll work full-time with an established teacher. Students apply for student teaching a year in advance and must complete all course requirements, including passing the PRAXIS II exam, before student teaching begins.
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval period and the Renaissance while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-202.
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the cultural periods of the Baroque, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Early Modernism while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-201.
This course is an introduction to the following topics in English linguistics: history of English, etymology, vocabulary (morphology), phonology, dictionaries, syntax, semantics, dialects, discourse analysis, and child language acquisition. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the English language as preparation for teaching, or for becoming better writers, or for studying literature. Students will have the opportunity to research, write about, and present on a linguistic topic of individual interest such as the language of advertising or propaganda.
This course is an introduction to the major schools of contemporary critical theory, and an examination of principal exponents of these theories. The student will become familiar with the most important features of psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism and feminism and examine the meaning of structuralism and post-structuralism. In addition, the course affords an opportunity to practice applying the theories to specific literary texts. Not available every semester.
Students in LIT 319 study selected Shakespearian comedies, tragedies and chronicle plays. The course also provides the students with a general overview of the Elizabethan era and the world in which Shakespeare lived and worked. Not available every semester.
This course will focus on drama as a literary genre, examining the origins of the genre, its literary conventions and its current productions. In reading plays that may range from the Greeks to contemporary Broadway, students will not only see the changing dynamics of the genres form, but also experience the important role the genre has played in American, British, European, and global society and culture.
This course will focus on the novel as a literary genre tracing its intricate conventions, its historical origins, and its current manifestations. In reading novels from the 18th through 21st centuries, students will learn not only the complex dynamics of the genre's form but also the critical influence the novel has had on society, cultural and politics over the centuries.
This course will focus on poetry as a literary genre. Students will learn how to interpret and evaluate poetry, exploring the elements of poetic form as well as influence poetic responses to critical moments in history. Thus, we will read landmark works by major poets, learn about major movements and schools within poetry, and look at poetry written in response to historical events. Students will also read a volume of poetry by a poet of their choice, and present information on that poets style, theme, and role within the field of poetry.
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This course is a survey of American literature from its beginnings to 1865. The course will provide students with an introduction to the early history of American literature, examining a broad range of literary genres and considering the complex cultural and social context in which these important literary texts were written. Authors may include John Winthrop, Benjamin Franklin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Ann Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson.
This course is a survey of American literature from 1865 to the present. The course will provide students with an introduction to the history of American literature since the Civil War, examining a broad range of literary genres and considering the complex cultural and social context in which these important literary texts were written. Authors may include Mark Twain, Henry James, Jack London, Gertrude Stein, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Eugene O'Neill, Langston Hughes, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Allen Ginsberg, and Toni Morrison.
While the authors and texts studied in this course may vary, the readings will cover the historical period from 1620- with the settlement of Plymouth Plantation- through the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the early days of the new Republic. Although there may be some attention to the literature of early discovery, the emphasis will be on literary texts of major historical interest and on authors who pursued the American Dream of economic, religious, political, and artistic freedom.
While the authors and texts studied in this course may vary, this course examines literature from the early 1800s to 1965, the conclusion of the Civil War. During this period, American literature developed a home-grown Romanticism influenced by European intellectual and aesthetic movements, as well as a new cultural sensibility of its own. Authors may include Irving, Poe, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Douglass, Dickinson, and the latter-day transcendentalism of Whitman.
While the authors and texts studied in this course may vary, this course will focus on the American literature between 1865-1914, with the progression of literary culture from Romanticism to Realism and Naturalism and towards Modernism. Students will read literature by authors who were responding to radical shifts in America after the Civil War, including Reconstruction, the rise of industrialism, and the new theories of evolution. Authors may include Twain, James, Chesnutt, London Dreiser, Wharton, Cather, and Anderson, as well as poets of the early twentieth century.
The course will explore literature by major American writers, from the early 20th century to the present. Students will read fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and plays about the major literary, cultural, and political events during the 20th century, including the wars, the Beat and counterculture movements, the Civil Rights and women's movements, and post 9/11 cultural shifts. We will proceed chronologically, beginning with poetry about World War I and ending with post-modern literature about contemporary issues such as race, religion, technology, and war.
This course is designed to introduce students to British literature from its beginnings through the eighteenth century. Students will read and discuss works by major authors, considering such aspects as the work's genre, context, and style.
This course is designed to introduce students to British literature from the Romantic through the Modernist periods. Students will read and discuss works by major authors, considering such aspects of the work's genre, context, and style.
This course will focus on literature written in England during the Old and Middle English period (approximately 500-1485 CE). We will spend about half the course on Old English literature and half on Middle English literature.
This course surveys British Literature from the 16th and 17th centuries, a period renowned for the variety and originality of its writers, which left a lasting mark on subsequent English literature. Students will be introduced to central ideas and writers of the English Reformation, English Revolution, and the Restoration of the monarchy. Renaissance authors studied may include More, Marlowe, Elizabeth I, Jonson, Donne, and Webster, along with Shakespeare and Spenser. Writers of the Revolution and Restoration may include Herrick, Marvell, Milton, Dryden, Behn, and Wycherly. Students will encounter Renaissance and Restoration drama, epic poetry, the sonnet, along with early experiments in prose fiction.
This course focuses on the "long 18th century" in Great Britain, covering the era of the Enlightenment as well as Romanticism. This was a tumultuous time in British history, marked by numerous political and social revolutions as well as notable literary creativity. In this course, students will study developments in English literature such as the novel, the essay, satire, journalism, popular theater, and poetry. Themes of the course will vary, but may include civil liberty, sexuality and gender, colonialism and abolition, the city and the country, industrialization, and the French Revolution. Authors studied may include Congreve, Defoe, Swift, Pope, Fielding, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, and Byron.
Nineteenth-century Britain experienced tremendous change in politics, economics, philosophy, art and literature. It was a century of industrialization, empire-building, new discoveries and social revolution. This course studies representative selections from the major poets and prose writers and explores the social, political and intellectual changes reflected in the literature of the Victorian period. Authors may include Tennyson, Browning, Barrett Browning, Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, and Wilde.
This course will explore the modernist movement in 20th century British fiction through the works of three of its most prominent practitioners - James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf - as well as selected works by other writers. The course will examine the birth of the modern aesthetic in literature not only as a response to the alienation and despair resulting from World War I but also as a reaction to the enormous impact made by the ideas of such thinkers as Darwin, Freud, Marx and Nietzsche. Various modernist writing techniques, including stream-of-consciousness, episodic narrative and radical experimentation with punctuation, will also be studied.
Since the beginnings of American literature, writers have been concerned with defining and creating American identity through their art. Since the 1960s, during and after the Civil Rights movement, numerous writers have defined their American identity in relation to specific ethnic identities, writing works that explore how dual or multiple cultural identities coexist within themselves and within American culture, sorting through the stories they've heard and created about who they are. In this course, we will read fiction, poetry, and essays by twentieth-century American authors who identify with African American, Native American, Asian American, Jewish, Latino and Chicano heritages. In addition to race and ethnicity, we will discuss how class, native language, religion, gender, sexuality, and history figures into these writers' images of an American self and community.
This course examines gender in and through literary texts and considers the ways in which categories of sexuality, sex, race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and other factors influence writers' depictions of gender. The course analyzes historical conditions relevant to gender studies, and may address social and theoretical topics such as womens suffrage, feminisms, third-world feminism, the LGBTQ community, and queer theory. The course explores these topics through the lens of literature and asks: how is gender represented in literary texts? how do literary texts not only replicate but sometimes contest or imagine new realities for gendered subjects? what does it mean to write as a gendered subject? Readings may include works by authors such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzalda, and Michael Cunningham.
Postcolonial Encounters focuses on the interdisciplinary aspects of literatures that Have been historically silenced by the mechanisms of colonial powers. This course will attempt to retrieve from the margins those voices that Gayatri Spivak (following Antonio Gramsci) has called "subaltern." As such, our task will be to theorize the notions of power and powerlessness, margin and periphery, first and third world, nationality, race, identity, and globalization via the close readings of various postcolonial texts. Global marker.
This course offers an overview of African-American literature, with glimpses into African and Caribbean literature. Beginning around 1845 with Frederick Douglass' Narrative, students will read from various literary genres, including slave narratives, poetry, short stories, fiction and plays that illuminate both the history of African America and changing ideas of race. Students will conduct ongoing independent research, which they will present to the class, on the major literacy and historical periods we cover, including the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and early 1930s, the civil rights movement(s), the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and early 1970s and the decades following. Reading works by Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, Zora Neale Thurston, Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Chinua Achebe, Toni Morrison and Ishmael Reed, among others, will enable us to analyze how sexuality, gender, class and nationality influence various writers' definitions of race and ethnicity. Offered as needed.
This course is a roundtable forum in which 10 to 15 students will write short or long poems using traditional and experimental forms. Members of the class will produce on a weekly basis and take turns presenting their manuscripts to the group for commentary and discussion. May not be used as a literature elective. Not available every semester.
This course is a roundtable forum in which 10 to 15 students will write short or long fiction using the techniques of 19th-century realism as well as modernist and experimental techniques. Members of the class will produce on a weekly basis and take turns presenting their manuscripts to the group for commentary and discussion. May not be used as a literature elective. Not available every semester.
This course introduces students to the basic skills and principles of writing creative nonfiction and magazine feature articles. Student-centered workshop critiques and frequent conferences with the instructor are the primary methods used in the course. The course includes significant reading assignments in nonfiction genres.
This course explores both early European (classical and medieval) cultures as well as the great non-European cultures of Asia, Africa and the Americas. The material covered will vary, but readings will focus on a major theme such as the hero, the role of women, ethical values, views of nature or focus on an important common genre, such as epic or lyric poetry. Not available every semester. Global marker.
This course introduces students to major works of world literature in translation, excluding the American and British traditions, from the late 1600s to the present. It includes African, Asian, European, Latin American and Middle Eastern literature, with an emphasis on the European. Students will read authors such as Pirandello, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Mahfouz, and Kafka. Global marker.
This course gives students an overview of American education through analysis of its historical and philosophical roots. Contemporary issues in American education are emphasized. Non-education majors may use this course as a social science elective.
This basic course for classroom teachers explores various techniques necessary for designing and implementing authentic measures to assess successful student learning.
This course provides focus on literature designed for the adolescent reader, grades 5-12. Students read examples of young adult fiction and nonfiction, interview adolescents about their selections, study criteria for selection and evaluation of writing done for or by adolescents, and learn strategies for integrating these books into a standard English or social studies curriculum.
This course develops students' knowledge and skill with technology with the ultimate aim of using technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning target (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment. Offered every fall and spring.
This course teaches students how to develop effective strategies for delivering content knowledge consistent with standards based learning. Strategies and delivery methods include constructivism, differentiation, peer group learning, cross-curricular lesson planning and writing across the curriculum. Students will promote literacy in the content areas by developing lesson plans that incorporate cognitive strategies for reading, writing, speaking, and viewing.
This class is designed to help future teachers to fine-tune their own writing, while they learn ways to incorporate writing into their teaching. The course inspires future teachers to enjoy the possibilities of writing in their classrooms, so their students will also. An examination of a wide array of useful classroom approaches will promote better reading and learning and support differentiation. Well-designed writing assessments promote critical thinking as well as higher levels of literacy. Topics will include prewriting techniques, using art and music to promote writing, unlocking the secret to assigning interesting and useful journals, techniques for painless peer editing, practices that streamline grading of papers, and how to find and incorporate excellent models for writing.
This course prepares students to teach English in grades 5 through 12. Students will develop and deliver lessons, find and use education-media, design essay questions, writing prompts, and other appropriate assessments, and choose reading materials appropriate to individual student abilities. Topics include current practices, technology resources, strategies for teaching reading and writing, vocabulary and language building, young adult literature, television and film, questioning, testing and grading, classroom management, and professionalism.
This course examines teaching strategies and techniques for early childhood, elementary education, middle school, and high school. Students will conduct in-depth study of behavior theory and practical application in the classroom environment. Students will learn to promote learning environments where students can set goals and accept responsibility for their own learning. Modification and accommodations will be researched at each level discussing the best approaches depending upon the age of the child. Alignment with the regular education curriculum includes a review of the Grade Level Expectations and the Grade Span Expectations and Common Core Standards. Students will leave this class with a good understanding of the progression and development of students with disabilities K-12 personally, socially physically, and academically. TCP acceptance is required.
All teacher education majors seeking certification will participate in 16 weeks of full-time practice teaching at nearby schools. During the 16 weeks, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of the Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes seminars at the university. TCP acceptance is required.
This course provides students with deep understanding of children with disabilities and specific characteristics of disabilities and how they impact learning in the general curriculum. Students will examine and be prepared to define ways in which such disabilities are diagnosed and possible strategies and techniques (to include assistive technology) to assist the student in the general classroom to the extent possible. Tiered Support Systems will be discussed as a general education initiative that can serve the needs of all students. Students will research resources available for families and schools to support the needs of disabled children. The role of the family and school as partners will be developed as a critical technique to serve the needs of students, as well as facilitating effective meetings and communication efforts that must be part of the role of special educator.
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