Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary Education Minor

  • Overview

    Study classical and contemporary literature, participate in research projects, and express yourself through writing and discussion with Saint Joseph’s English degree.

    As an English major, you will develop writing, critical reasoning, and interpretive and research skills. You will also be enriched intellectually and spiritually through creative interaction with the best of the world's literature. The Bachelor of Arts in English includes two semesters of foreign language study.

    At a Glance

    • Rigorous curriculum allows students to develop strong skills in analysis, research, and writing.
    • Provides a solid background in research and communication, skills that are required for graduate study.
    • Faculty boasting more than 30 published books and scholarly articles. 

  • Curriculum

    The Bachelor of Arts major in English combined with a minor in Secondary Education is the basis for a career as a middle school or high school English teacher. Students who aspire to teach middle school or high school English also take a series of education courses in the secondary education minor with regular observations in English classrooms in area middle schools or high schools during their sophomore and junior years and then successful completion of a semester of senior student teaching.

    This course of study has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as middle school or high school teachers. Students from other states should work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.

    Students earn a full bachelor’s degree in English. The Secondary Education Minor courses are as follows:

    Freshman Year: Foundations of Education
    Sophomore Year: Curriculum Design Practicum – Secondary Education
    Junior Year: Educational Psychology, Exceptionality, and Teaching Methods in the Secondary School
    Senior Year: Student Teaching and Measurement & Evaluation

    • Edward J. Rielly

      Professor of English

      PhD, University of Notre Dame
      MA, University of Notre Dame
      BA, Loras College

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    • Thomas Hancock

      Assistant Professor of Education

      EdD, Nova Southeastern University
      MS, New Hampshire College
      BS, Husson College

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    • Richard Dennison

      Chair of English Department, Director of Writing Center, Instructor of English

      MA, University of Maine
      MA, University of Southern California
      BA, University of Southern Maine

      Learn more about Richard

    Edward J. Rielly

    Professor of English

    PhD, University of Notre Dame
    MA, University of Notre Dame
    BA, Loras College

    Learn more about Ed

    Thomas Hancock

    Assistant Professor of Education

    EdD, Nova Southeastern University
    MS, New Hampshire College
    BS, Husson College

    Learn more about Tom

    Richard Dennison

    Chair of English Department, Director of Writing Center, Instructor of English

    MA, University of Maine
    MA, University of Southern California
    BA, University of Southern Maine

    Learn more about Richard