Admission to the English major may be affected and restricted by the lack of available Department resources in times of oversubscription.
For information about admission to this program visit the University’s Academics website .
English Honors students can earn the designation Honors in the Major by completing an intensive independent study that results in a 40-page thesis, which the students will defend before a committee.
For more information on Honors in English, including admission and retention standards, please visit the Honors website.
The Department of English participates in a number of interdisciplinary minors at the University. Coursework offered by the Department contributes to the following minors: African Studies, African-American Studies, Children’s Studies, Civic Engagement and Responsibility, Cognitive Science, Ethnic Studies, European Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Native American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and also the Minor in Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy. For further information on these minors and their advisors, please consult the Interdisciplinary Studies Programs and Department of Philosophy sections.
Approval for Teaching English as a Second Language
Students of both graduate and undergraduate standing may obtain an Illinois State Approval for Teaching English as a Second Language by fulfilling the following requirements: (1) fulfill Teacher Education requirements of either the Standard Elementary and/or High School License, (2) complete the 18 hours of required coursework as listed in the minor in TESOL above, and (3) obtain 100 clock hours of ESL Clinical Experience or three months of teaching experience in English as a Second Language at the appropriate level. This practical experience may be obtained by enrolling in ENG 394.
Major in English
The English Studies major is based on a broad model of interdisciplinary study in the fields that make up English Studies. The Department of English offers a full curriculum of courses in eight disciplines, including literature and cultural studies, children's literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, technical communications, creative writing, the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Publishing. Students learn how to write well, read critically, develop investigative research skills, working hands-on in digital environments and social networking, and frequently win some of the most prestigious awards at Illinois State, such as the Bone Scholarship. Faculty are eager to work with undergraduate students on research projects, and our low student-to-faculty ratio means you will receive guidance from professors who hold the highest doctoral degrees and are internationally recognized as experts in their fields. This flexibility in the degree allows both the student with interests in a variety of different fields in English Studies and the student who wants to specialize in a particular discipline to meet their goals.
For additional information on minimum requirements for admission and the application and selection process, visit the Majors website or contact the undergraduate advisor for the intended major.
Students can also satisfy the requirements for the English major by completing one of the following sequences.
Creative Writing Sequence
The Creative Writing sequence has a distinguished national
reputation and is known for encouraging experimental writing. Courses develop talents in writing workshops that focus on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or a combination. Small class sizes mean having ample opportunity to get feedback on writing from professors and peers. Outside the classroom, students have the chance to network with renowned visiting writers and present creative work at student readings. Students can also help produce and submit work to Euphemism, a journal for the creative arts.
Publishing Studies Sequence
The Publishing Studies sequence is designed to prepare graduates for careers in all types of publishing. Undergraduate students interested in nonprofit presses, journals, and scholarly publications are well suited for this sequence. Skillsets acquired by completing the sequence includes proofreading, editing, design and layout, marketing, advertising, permissions, graphic work, record keeping, archiving, and bulk/distribution mailing. By providing a broad work experience, students not only build their portfolios, but also enter the marketplace with valuable and current skills.
Technical Writing and Rhetorics Sequence
Technical Writing and Rhetorics is a sequence in the English major. Professional technical writers take complex information and communicate it in a way that people understand. Focusing on this sequence prepares you for a career as a technical and professional writer in a variety of settings, such as corporate, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. You will develop the skills and knowledes needed to communicate specialized information effectively to a range of audiences. The sequence offers degrees in both the B.A. and the B.S.
English Teacher Education Sequence
The English Teacher Education program (ETE) is an English Studies sequence in the Department of English (College of Arts and Sciences) at Illinois State University. Admitted teacher candidates will prepare to become effective secondary (grades 9-12) English Language Arts (ELA) teachers in diverse classrooms. Coursework in the 46-hour major develops content knowledge and discipline-specific methods by addressing how theory and research support best practices in integrated language arts skills pedagogy.
Teacher candidates develop and apply instructional delivery skills through clinical experiences conducted at University High School (Illinois State's on-campus laboratory school) and a variety of public school classrooms: rural, suburban, and urban.
Admission to the English Teacher Education Sequence is limited and is based on cohort space availability and competitiveness of the applicant.
A 3.00 GPA in the major, a 2.5 cumulative GPA, a grade of C or better in all required major courses, and adherence to all application procedures and deadlines is required for admission to Professional Studies and Student Teaching. Deadlines and information about application forms and procedures for admission to Professional Studies and Student Teaching are available from the Council for Teacher Education and on the English Department website and are strictly enforced.
Completion of entitlement program leading to licensure: Secondary 9-12
Required courses for licensure and accreditation (18 hours): ENG 194, ENG 243, ENG 246, ENG 283, ENG 296, and ENG 297. ENG 194, ENG 296 and ENG 297 must be completed with a grade of C or better; these courses include 35 clock-hours of state-mandated pre-student teaching Clinical Experiences.
Minor in English
The English Department offers three minors: English Studies, Writing, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Teacher candidates who wish to complete an endorsement in English Language Arts should follow the English Studies minor.
18 total credit hours required in English
Excludes ENG 101 and courses in the teaching of English (ENG 291, ENG 295, ENG 296, ENG 297, ENG 395)
At least 12 of the 18 credit hours must be at the 200- or 300-level
3 credit hours of literature
3 credit hours of writing
3 credit hours of language
9 credit hours of electives selected from below
- ENG 160
- ENG 165
- ENG 229
- ENG 250
- ENG 251
- ENG 260
- ENG 261
- ENG 271
- ENG 272
- ENG 308
- ENG 360
- ENG 365
- ENG 370
- courses that were not selected from the literature, writing, or language course lists can also serve as electives
Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Students enrolling in this program must have at least two years of a foreign language or equivalent at the college level in the case of a native speaker of English, or demonstrated proficiency in English at a level commensurate with the student’s role as a language model and instructor in the case of a non-native speaker of English.
18 total credit hours required
3 credit hours selected from
Elective practicum ENG 394
Minor in Writing
Courses taken for the Writing Minor may not count for the English Major.
24 total credit hours required
6 credit hours selected from
15 credit hours of electives selected from
- ENG 145
- ENG 239
- ENG 243
- ENG 244
- ENG 247a01
- ENG 247a02
- ENG 247a03
- ENG 248
- ENG 283
- ENG 347a01
- ENG 347a02
- ENG 347a03
- ENG 348
- ENG 349
- ENG 350
- ENG 351
- ENG 353
- ENG 391
- ENG 392
- ENG 398
Electives may include any of the above courses, and up to six hours in writing courses from other departments/schools