Lake Superior State University

English Language and Literature: Bachelor of Arts

Program Description


In conjunction with the Education program, this degree provides a study of literary content and the development of critical reading and analytical skills that prepare students for a career in education.  (If interested in focusing on the study of literature or creative writing, please see Literature:  Bachelor of Arts or Literature-Creative Writing:  Bachelor of Arts).

Opportunities for publishing and editing are available through work on the literary journal, the student-edited journal, or the monthly magazine. 



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Arts English Language and Literature, Secondary Teaching Certification

English Requirements (48 credits)

Select one from:

  • ENGL235 Survey of Native Literature of North America 3
  • ENGL236 Literature and Culture 3

Select one from:

  • ENGL404 Literature before 1800 (Topic) 3
  • ENGL408 Literature after 1800 (Topic) 3

Select one from:

  • THEA251 History of Drama and Theatre I 3
  • THEA252 History of Drama and Theatre II 3
  • THEA309 Speech and Drama Productions 3
  • THEA333 Studies in the Drama: The Genre and Theater in Context 3

Complete one of the followings methods courses:

  • EDUC441 Secondary Language Arts Methods 3
  • EDUC451 Directed Study: Language Arts Methods 3

English Cognate (up to 16 credits)

  • Two years of a foreign language

General Education Requirements (36-42 credits)

  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • COMM101 Fundamentals of Speech 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • HUMN Electives 3-4
    • Social Sciene Electives 6-8
    • Natural Science Electives 8
    • Math Elective 3-5
    • Diversity Elective 3-4

An Approved Teaching minor is required.
Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.

Electives to total at least 124


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.