Department of English
B.A. Degree Requirements
The English Major requires 36 credits of academic study, with varying course requirements depending on a student's admission date, concentration, and teaching certification status. To find the requirements that apply, choose the appropriate control sheet (links below) according to your cohort as explained here:
a) no Teaching Certification--Admit Term through SP12--use Control Sheet 1
b) with Teaching Certification—Admit Term through SP08--use Control Sheet 1; Control Sheet 2 is also an option if the student prefers it.
c) with Teaching Certification—Admit Term June 08 through SP12--use Control Sheet 2
d) with or without Teaching Certification--Admit Term after SP12--use Control Sheet 7
e) no Teaching Certification—Admit Term through SP10--use Control Sheet 3; Control Sheet 5 is also an option if the student prefers it.
f) no Teaching Certification—Admit Term after SP10--use Control Sheet 5
g) with Teaching Certification—Admit Term through SP08--use Control Sheet 3; Control Sheets 4 or 6 are also options if the student prefers one of those.
h) with Teaching Certification—Admit Term FA08 through SP10--use Control Sheet 4; Control Sheet 6 is also an option if the student prefers it.
i) with Teaching Certification—Admit Term after SP10--use control Sheet 6
j) A student’s Admit Term (the semester the student declared the English Major) is found via the Student Information link in WPConnect.
ii) Changing English major concentrations or adding/dropping teaching certifications may result in changes to Admit Terms; if this happens and the student is negatively affected, adjustments can often be made by the Dept. Chair.
iii) Where there is a choice among control sheets (b., d., f., g. above), students are encouraged to follow the more recent requirements—i.e., the Control Sheet with the higher number. Using these newer control sheets is suggested only if doing so will not inconvenience the student.
Notes for English Majors seeking Teaching Certification with the College of Education
The Departments in the College of Education periodically update and revise their requirements for the various Teaching Certification Programs they offer, and not all requirements are covered on the English advisement forms; students must check with the appropriate departments in the College of Education for specifics.
English majors interested in receiving New Jersey State Teaching Certification in Early Childhood (P-3), Elementary Education (K-8), or Secondary Education (K-12) must take ANTH 201 or 202, and should apply for admission to the College of Education when they have 60 credits. However, you can get an Education advisor before being officially admitted to the College of Education--to do so, a student should declare a College of Education major--noting that declaring a COE Major is NOT the same as being accepted into a COE program. To be accepted into a teaching certification program you must have a grade point average of 2.75 or better--and there are other requirements as well, as determined by the COE.
Most teaching certification students take PSY 110 in their first year. For Elementary and Early Childhood Certification students, two math courses (MATH 110 or 111 or higher) and PSY 210 are also required