Program Learning Outcomes
“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.
1. Students will identify the major historical periods and key movements in American and British literature, demonstrating an understanding of the major authors, ideas, and literary techniques (including genres and subgenres) of those respective periods and movements.
2. Students will display a command of standard written English and an appreciation for its structures, nuances, and rhetorical effects.
3. Students will know and apply key literary terms and interpretive strategies, demonstrating a basic familiarity with major literary theories.
4. Students will write mature, substantive analyses of literary texts, informed by the appropriate tools of the profession.
5. Students will employ critical and creative thinking in various reading and interpretive processes.
6. Students will demonstrate the ability to read and interpret literary texts with reference to a Christian perspective.
7. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze data for the purpose of planning effective instruction.
8. Students will demonstrate proficiency in teaching English literature and composition at the secondary level.
Conferral of a Baccalaureate degree in this program of study is determined by successful completion of the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements outlined here .
NOTE: Students must earn 42 upper level (3000-4000) credit hours in order to graduate. A total of at least 21 of these upper level credit hours must be completed in the selected major.
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Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) - 43 Credit Hours
English/Secondary Education majors must meet the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements as set out in Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Program . The Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Global Studies and Social Science requirements are fulfilled through other courses in this major. Only 37 of the 43 credit hours of the Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) program will still be required for the completion of this program.
English and Secondary Education Major - 85 Credit Hours
Professional Education Preparation Requirements - 35 Credit Hours
Additional Education Course Requirements - 12 Credit Hours
Core English Courses - 9 Credit Hours
Additional English Courses - 24 Credit Hours
Area Requirements - 6 Credit Hours
Select one course from each of the following two groups.
Modern Language Requirement 3-6 Credit Hours
English/Secondary Education majors must successfully complete (earn a grade of C- or higher):
- at least two semesters of elementary modern language study (in one or more modern languages) OR
- one semester of intermediate modern language study at the college level.
Note: No CLEP or transient study credits may be used to fulfill this requirement. Transfer credits and other forms of credit-by-examination will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may not be approved to fulfill this requirement. English majors taking classes at PBA in French, German, or Spanish to meet the language requirement for the major should use one of those to fulfill the Global Studies requirement.
School of Arts and Sciences Additional Natural Science Requirements - 5 Credit Hours
Students in the School of Arts and Sciences must take five additional hours of natural science: 1 lab to accompany the course taken for general education [BIO 1043 , BIO 1023 , ESC 1043 , OCY 1043 , FOR 1003 , PHY 1033 , PHY 1063 , or PHY 2113 ] and one additional natural science course and accompanying lab. The two natural sciences must be in different areas: one must be a life science (biology) and the other must be a physical science (chemistry, physics, oceanography, earth science, or forensic science). In sum, students are required to take a minimum of 8 hours of natural science courses (one life science and one physical science, with their associated labs).