Major: English
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 181.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 23.1399

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1123

Secondary Education Concentration

English majors who select the concentration in Secondary Education benefit from the full range of courses and opportunities that we offer. These include core courses taken by all our majors, offering a strong foundation in textual and rhetorical analysis along with writing skills. Students receive a strong grounding in English to prepare for a career in teaching.

The concentration offers additional courses, including coursework and student teaching through the School of Education, that prepare students to meet the certification requirements for a career as a high school English teacher.  

Degree Requirements

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS (minimum 64 credits)
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Mathematics courses for a minimum of 6.0 credits6.0
Introduction to Analysis A
Introduction to Analysis B
Science courses for a minimum of 6.0 credits6.0
Environmental Science and Society
Social/Behavioral Science courses for a minimum of 13 credits13.0
United States History to 1815
United States History, 1815-1900
United States History since 1900
General Psychology I
Educational Psychology
Sociology of Education
Humanities courses (other than ENGL or WRIT) for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
History of Art I
History of Art II
History of Art III
Introduction to Music
Diversity Studies courses for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy
Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners
International Studies courses for a minimum of 6 credits6.0
Foreign Language requirement (2 consecutive courses, reaching at least 103)8.0
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (30-credit CORE plus 36-credit concentration)
Core Courses
ENGL 195English Freshman Seminar 3.0
ENGL 207 [WI] African American Literature3.0
ENGL 315 [WI] Shakespeare3.0
EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar ((1-credit course, repeat twice for 3 credits total))3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 305 [WI] Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
ENGL 325Topics in World Literature3.0
ENGL 355 [WI] Women and Literature3.0
WRIT 195Threshold Concepts in Writing3.0
WRIT 200Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar3.0
WRIT 225 [WI] Creative Writing3.0
Education Concentration36.0
English Education Language & Methods - take all for 15 credits
Introduction to Computing and Security Technology
Techniques of Speaking
English Teaching Methods
Introduction to Linguistics
Advanced Composition
Literature Surveys - Select any 4 for 12 credits
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Survey of World Literature
Post-Colonial Literature
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Advanced Literature Courses - Select all for 9 credits
Young Adult Fiction
Seminar in English and American Literature
Seminar in World Literature
Additional credits for Education Certification - select all for 51 credits51.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment
Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students
Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12
Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective
Organizational Structure of Secondary Schools
Creating a Positive Classroom Climate
Evaluation of Instruction
Multimedia in Instructional Design
Student Teaching Seminar I
DragonsTeach Student Teaching
Introduction to Analysis C
Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts
Nutrition, Foods, and Health
Introduction to Nutrition & Food
Total Credits181.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, one co-op

First Year
EDUC 1013.0CIVC 1011.0EDEX 1423.0VACATION
EDUC 105*1.0EDUC 105*1.0EDUC 105*1.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0EDUC 1133.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGL 1953.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 2073.0 
MATH 1713.0MATH 1723.0MATH 1733.0 
UNIV H1011.0WRIT 2003.0WRIT 1953.0 
 14 14 16 0
Second Year
EDEX 3443.0INFO 1013.0ARTH 101, 102, or 1033.0ECON 2014.0
EDUC 2051.0LING 1013.0COOP 1011.0EDUC 3223.0
EDUC 3123.0PSY 1013.0EDEX 3663.0ENGL 3153.0
EDUC 3653.0Literature Survey3.0EDUC 3051.0HIST 201, 202, or 2034.0
WRIT 2253.0Foreign Language4.0MUSC 1303.0International Studies3.0
Literature Survey3.0 Foreign language4.0 
 16 16 15 17
Third Year
EDUC 3583.0Literature Survey3.0ENGL 3253.0ENVS 2603.0
  ENGL 4903.0PHYS 1813.0
  PSY 3203.0SOC 3353.0
  UNIV H2011.0Literature Survey3.0
  WRIT 2113.0 
 3 3 16 15
Fourth Year
EDUC 3083.0EDUC 3253.0EDUC 4051.0 
EDUC 4099.0EDUC 4109.0ENGL 3553.0 
  ENGL 4923.0 
  NFS 1002.0 
  International Studies3.0 
 12 12 12 
Total Credits 181

5 year, 3 co-op

First Year
EDUC 1013.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 1011.0VACATION
EDUC 105*1.0EDUC 105*1.0EDEX 1423.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0EDUC 1133.0EDUC 105*1.0 
ENGL 1953.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1713.0MATH 1723.0ENGL 2073.0 
UNIV H1011.0WRIT 2003.0MATH 1733.0 
  WRIT 1953.0 
 14 14 17 0
Second Year
  EDEX 3663.0EDUC 3223.0
  EDUC 3051.0ENGL 3153.0
  MUSC 1303.0HIST 201, 202, or 2034.0
  Foreign Language4.0Foreign language4.0
 0 0 14 18
Third Year
EDUC 3583.0Literature Survey (1st of 4)3.0PSY 3203.0ENVS 2603.0
  ENGL 3253.0PHYS 1813.0
  COM 2303.0SOC 3353.0
  WRIT 2113.0Literature Survey3.0
  ENGL 4903.0 
 3 3 16 15
Fourth Year
  EDEX 3443.0LING 1013.0
  EDUC 3653.0PSY 1013.0
  EDUC 3123.0Literature Survey3.0
  Literature Survey (3rd of 4)3.0International Studies3.0
  WRIT 2253.0 
 0 0 16 15
Fifth Year
EDUC 3083.0EDUC 3253.0EDUC 4051.0 
EDUC 4099.0EDUC 4109.0ENGL 3553.0 
  ENGL 4923.0 
  NFS 1002.0 
  International Studies3.0 
 12 12 12 
Total Credits 181

English Faculty

Jan Armon, PhD (University of Michigan). Associate Teaching Professor. Academic functions of personal writing, composition.
Valarie Arms, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Rhetoric and Composition
Kenneth Bingham, MA (Temple University). Teaching Professor. First-year writing; engineering ethics; literature of baseball.
Valerie Booth, PhD (Emory University). Associate Teaching Professor.
Raymond Brebach, PhD (University of Illinois). Associate Professor. Modern British fiction; the novel; textual studies.
André Carrington, PhD (New York University). Assistant Professor. Cultural politics of race, gender and genre; feminism criticism; critical race theory.
Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD (Columbia University) Distinguished Professor, Dean of the Pennoni Honors College. Co-editor, <em>Journal of Modern Literature;</em> Host of the <em>Drexel Interview.</em> Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English and American literature; film studies.
Albert DiBartolomeo, MA (Temple University). Teaching Professor. Co-Director, Drexel Publishing Group; Creative writing; first-year writing; non-fiction.
Dan Driscoll, MA (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Associate Director, University Writing Center: Curricular Initiatives. Co-Director, Minor in Writing. First-year writing.
Anne Erickson, PhD (Purdue University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Online educational applications; the short story cycle.
Nomi Eve, MFA (Brown University). Assistant Teaching Professor.
Lisa Farley, MEd (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. English as a Second Language (ESL).
Robert Finegan, MFA (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Teaching Professor. First-year writing; technical and creative writing.
Alexis Finger, MS (Queens College, CUNY). Associate Teaching Professor. Speech; ESL; oral communication.
Valerie Fox, PhD (SUNY at Binghamton). Teaching Professor. Founding Editor, <em>Press 1.</em> Twentieth century drama; modern and contemporary American poetry; first-year writing.
Edward Fristrom, PhD (State University of New York-Albany). Associate Teaching Professor. Professional writing, creative writing, multimedia, and writing education.
Keunah Han, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. English as a Second Language (ESL)
Cassandra Hirsch, MFA (Rosemont College). Assistant Teaching Professor. Fiction.
Gabriella Ibieta, PhD (City University of New York). Associate Professor. Comparative literature; Cuban and Latin American fiction.
Henry Israeli, MFA (University of Iowa) Associate Director, Certificate in Writing and Publishing. Associate Teaching Professor. Founder and editor of <i>Saturnalia Books</i>, a publisher of contemporary poetry.
Miriam Kotzin, PhD (New York University). Professor. Founding Editor, <em>Per Contra.</em> American literature; genre studies; creative writing; communications.
Stephen Mandell, PhD (Temple University). Professor. First-year writing; technical writing; speech; American literature.
Deirdre McMahon, PhD (University of Iowa). Associate Teaching Professor. 19th-century British literature and culture: empire, critical race studies and analyses of material culture.
Marianallet Mendez-Rivera, PhD (University of Minnesota). Assistant Teaching Professor. Use of the mass media to secure, maintain and enhance political power; international technical communication—including issues of translation v. localization.
Harriet Levin Millan, MFA (University of Iowa) Director, Certificate in Writing and Publishing. Associate Teaching Professor. Poetry.
Jill Moses, MFA (University of Oregon). Assistant Teaching Professor. Dramatic literature; first-year writing.
Christopher T. Nielson, PhD (Purdue University) Assistant Department Head; Director, Programs in English. Teaching Professor. Shakespeare; Renaissance drama and literature; dramatic literature; first-year writing.
Karen Nulton, PhD (Rutgers University) Director, Writing Assessment. Associate Teaching Professor. Writing assessment, writing pedagogy, and writing across the curriculum.
Margene Peterson, MA (Rhode Island School of Design). Instructor. English as a Second Language (ESL); the learning styles and strategies of non-native speakers of English.
Abioseh Porter, PhD (University of Alberta, Canada). Professor. Comparative literature; postcolonial literatures; Editor, <em>JALA, Journal of the African Literature Association</em>.
Donald Riggs, PhD (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). Teaching Professor. Cinematic monsters; science fiction and fantasy literature and film; Renaissance literature; creative writing; first-year writing.
Donna Rondolone, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Medieval literature; Arthurian legend; first-year writing.
Gail Rosen, JD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Literature and law; first-year writing.
Doreen Alvarez Saar, PhD (SUNY Buffalo) American Literature Editor, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. Professor. Early American literature; Eighteenth-century America; race and gender studies.
Sheila Sandapen, PhD (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Teaching Professor. First-year writing; cultural studies; women's studies; history and film.
Fred A. Siegel, PhD (New York University) Director, First-Year Writing Program. Teaching Professor. Popular theater; dramatic literature, creative non-fiction; first-year writing.
Scott Stein, MFA (University of Miami). Teaching Professor. Creative writing; first-year writing; Founding Editor, <em>When Falls the Coliseum: A Journal of American Culture (Or Lack Thereof).</em>
Elizabeth Thorpe, MFA (Goddard College). Assistant Teaching Professor. New England literature, illness/healing narratives, and the creative process.
Eva Thury, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Mythology; classical literature; drama; first-year writing; desktop publishing and software documentation.
Kathleen Volk Miller, MA (Rutgers University) Director, Graduate Program in Publishing; Co-Director, Drexel Publishing Group. Teaching Professor. Co-Editor, <em>Painted Bride Quarterly (PBQ)</em>; creative writing; first-year writing.
Maria Volynsky, EdD (Temple University) Associate Director, First-Year Writing Program; ESL Coordinator. Assistant Teaching Professor. English as a Second Language (ESL).
Scott Warnock, PhD (Temple University) Director, Drexel Writing Center; Director, University Writing Program. Associate Professor. Rhetoric and composition; medical writing; information technology and literacy.
Robert A. Watts, MA (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Creative writing; first-year writing.
Rachel Wenrick, MFA (Columbia University) Associate Director, University Writing Program: Strategic Initiatives; Co-Director, Minor in Writing. Associate Teaching Professor. First-year writing.
Vincent Williams, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. First-year writing; the intersection of race, gender, class and urbanism.
Jennifer Yusin, PhD (Emory University). Associate Professor. Postcolonial literature; trauma theory; literary theory; psychoanalysis, and memory studies in contemporary literature in English.

Emeritus Faculty

Richard Astro, PhD (University of Washington) Distinguished Professor. Provost Emeritus. Twentieth-century American literature; literature and sports.
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