The specialty in English consists of 18 hours and provides advanced professional instruction in the literature of the Western tradition and in the English language. The program is designed to prepare the candidate for teaching at the college level or for pursuit of doctoral study in English. More specifically, the program is structured to ensure that the candidate has the opportunity to develop the following:
- A broad knowledge of English, American, and world literary history
- The interpretive and evaluative skills necessary for a relatively sophisticated understanding and appreciation of literary texts as works of art
- The knowledge and skill necessary to conduct critical research and articulate the results of such research in appropriate form
- The pedagogical skills necessary to communicate mastery of language and literature effectively
Candidates in this specialty will have advisors from the Department of Advanced Instructional Studies and Educational Leadership and the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy.