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Education and English Dual Major

Any student in a 4- or 5-year program in the School of Education who selects English as a second major.

When combined with Education, the major consists of the following coursework:

Required Critical Content Courses (3 course units)

  • LIT 101 – Cultures and Canons
  • LIT 102 – Approaches to Literature
  • LNG 201 – Introduction to the English Language (recommended choice) OR LNG 202 – Structure and History of the English Language OR WLC 215 Introduction to Linguistics

Courses selected from among offerings in CWR, LIT, and LNG (6 course units)

  • At least one of these courses must be in literature before the Restoration (that is, before 1660).
  • At least one of these courses must be in American literature.
  • At least one of these courses must be in British literature.
  • With permission from the Associate Chair, students may count a course in literature, linguistics, aesthetics, cultural studies, film, or writing from another program or department at TCNJ in the English major. Neither ECE 102 nor RAL 225 is accepted as an English major course.

Literary Capstones (2 course units)

Two Capstones in different semesters. Most students will complete the requirement with two sections of LIT 499 Seminars in Research and Theory. These topics-based courses are writing and theory-intensive and will emphasize independent research. By permission of the Associate Chair, LIT 492 Seminar in Literary Theory may substitute for the second LIT 499, and a student writing an honors thesis in the senior year may do so in place of the second LIT 499. Both LIT 101 and LIT 102 are pre-requisites for LIT 499 and LIT 492.  

Note: At least five courses must be taken at the 300 level or above.  Only six courses at the 200 level (and none below the 200 level) will apply to the English liberal arts major, so plan wisely.

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