English - English Education Option, B.A.



Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

English Major - Education Option

The English Education Option for the English major at Fresno State is designed to help prepare future middle and high school English teachers. Through this California state-approved program, students may demonstrate the English Language Arts subject matter competency required for entrance into a post-baccalaureate single subject teaching credential program.

Majors with this option complete core English courses; courses in subjects related to language arts education such as drama, speech communication, and linguistics; and chose one area of Extended Studies from the following emphases:

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Creative Writing
  • Linguistics (Language Awareness or TESL)
  • Literature
  • Speech
  • Theater

In addition to the major program requirements, General Education (G.E.) requirements and electives are required to fulfill the 120-unit degree.

1. English Education major requirements (57-59 units)

Lower-division core (8 units)
ENGL 31, 32

Core competencies (8 units)
ENGL 105 and 189 (or approved topics course in Shakespeare)

English Education Option coursework (41-43 units)

Electives and remaining degree requirements (10-12 units)
may be used toward a double major or minor

  • Additional degree requirement: Two college-level courses in the same foreign language.

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.

English Education Option coursework (Subject Matter Program)

The following units are required of all English credential majors regardless of extended studies emphasis.

ENGL 131 (4 units)
ENGL 132S (4 units)
LING 141 (3 units)
DRAMA 138A (3 units)
COMM 103, 105, 114, or 115 (3 units of 115 are required) (3 units)
ENGL 167 or 112 (4 units)
ENGL 193T or 194T (4 units)
Literature of Diversity (4 units)
Select one approved course: ENGL 112, 113, 114, 141, 142, 143, 144, 178, 179, 193T (selected topics), 194T
Total (29 units)

Extended Studies (12-14 units)
Select one of the following English education major extended studies emphases.

Literature Emphasis (12 units)
---- American Literature (4 units) ---
Select one (not used for any other requirement): ENGL 153, 154, 155, 179, other approved upper-division American literature course

---- Literature electives (8 units) ---
Select a minimum of two approved courses: ENGL 112, 113, 114, 115W, 116, 141, 142, 143, 144, 146, 147, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 167, 168T, 169T, 171, 176T, 177, 178, 179, 181, 183T, 184, 187, 193T, 194T

Composition and Rhetoric Emphasis (14 units)
Select two: COMM 105, 140, 142
Select two: ENGL 181, 175T (Tutoring), 175T (Comp. Theory) or other approved courses

Creative Writing Emphasis (12 units)
Select two: ENGL 41, 43, 44 (8 units)
Select one: ENGL 161, 163, 164
to complete one of the following sequences (4 units)
ENGL 41 and 161
ENGL 43 and 163
ENGL 44 and 164

Linguistics Emphasis (12 units)
LING 100 (3 units)
LING 146 (3 units)

Select two courses in ONE of the following sequences: (6 units)
Language Awareness Strand: LING 132, 138, 139, 142, 143, 144, 145, 148
Teaching English as a Second Language Strand: LING 132, 147, 155, 165, 171

Theatre Emphasis (14 units)
DRAMA 32 or 33 (3 units)
DRAMA 34* (3 units)
DRAMA 110* (3 units)
DRAMA 185 or 186 (3 units)
DRAMA 115 (2 units)

*Requires DRAMA 115 to be taken concurrently.

Speech Emphasis (12 units)
Select two: COMM 3, 5, 7, 8 (6 units)
Select two: COMM 108, 162, 164 (6 units)

Advising Notes

  1. The major in English Education is a California state-approved program preparing students for a career teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school level. The program includes core courses in the English major and additional courses in English Education. Students also choose one extended studies emphasis from the following areas: Creative Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, Speech, Theater Education, and Linguistics.
  2. Courses within the major cannot fulfill two requirements.
  3. Courses may double-count in G.E. and extended studies emphasis.
  4. Recommended G.E. courses for all English credential majors are as follows:
    G.E. Area C1 - DRAMA 22, 62
    G.E. Area C2 - LING 10 or foreign language courses
    G.E. Area E - DRAMA 32
    G.E. Area IC - DRAMA 163; PHIL 120, 150 or 151
    G.E. Area ID - MCJ 178
    G.E. Area MI - LING 147
  5. To demonstrate Subject Matter Competency in the state of California through the Fresno State English Education major, students must
    - receive grades of either A or B in ENGL 105, 131, and 193/194T;
    - complete and earn the B.A. in English Education with an average 3.0 GPA or better in subject matter (major) coursework; and
    - complete and pass a reflective portfolio and interview process covering four state-mandated areas of English Education.
  6. To be eligibile to enter the Fresno State Credential Program in the Kremen School of Education, students must
    - earn a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) with an overall GPA of 2.67 (including major and General Education Coursework);
    - provide evidence of successful completion of an appropriate pre-program field experience or EHD 50: Introduction to Teaching; and
    - complete CI 149: Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Secondary Classroom.exam should make an appointment with a credential advisor to obtain a list of additional requirements.
  7. Provide evidence of English Language Arts Subject Matter Competency, either through a California state-approved program of coursework such as Fresno State's major in English Education OR by passing the state CSET exam in English.



The English Department consists of 26 full-time faculty whose teaching fields cover every area of literary studies and the humanities, including film and folklore. Most of the faculty have published books, textbooks, and articles in their disciplines, five have received outstanding teaching awards at the university, and one has received an outstanding teaching award for the entire CSU system. In addition, the faculty includes a number of lecturers, part-time instructors and teaching assistants, and the department operates an English writing lab staffed by tutors trained to work with students on an individual basis.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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B.A. in English - English Education Option

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

See roadmaps below

Areas of Emphasis:


Composition and Rhetoric

Creative Writing


Theatre Education


Please note: Roadmaps are not a guarantee of course availability.

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Students reading together

What You Can Do

An English Major or Minor enables students to develop expertise in analyzing literature and using language in a wide variety of ways:

  • to read with comprehension and critical judgment;
  • to study and evaluate literature and other writings within historical, aesthetic, and other contexts;
  • to communicate one's ideas accurately and clearly;
  • to perform scholarly research and construct persuasive arguments using a variety of sources;
  • to craft language in meaningful and effective ways;
  • to promote literacy through instruction and other activities; and
  • to appreciate the important role that literature and language play in the contemporary world.

The core of the English major consists of four basic kinds of courses in the upper division: literary history courses, literary genre courses, literary seminars, and writing courses.

The Subject Matter Program for teaching credential candidates contains a number of specific prerequisites and special required courses, some of which are outside the Department of English.

What You Can Earn

Public School Teacher
$61,030 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from salary.com as of December 2019


Middle School, High School, and Community College Education, and community literacy programs

Writing based Careers:  editing and publishing, journalism and mass media, grant writing, technical writing, wring for nonprofit and community based advocacy.

An English degree provides excellent preparation for professional programs in law, medicine, library science, social work and counseling.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Multiethnic Literature and Writing
  • Cultural Rhetorics
  • Lesbian and Gay Literature and Queer Theory
  • Publishing and Editing
  • Digital Humanities


What You Can Learn

  • To apply critical analysis to global situations and reenvision the world
  • To cultivate social engagement and to empathize with a diversity of experiences
  • To tell your story creatively in a variety of forms and styles

About the College

The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

College Contact Information

College of Arts & Humanities
Office of the Dean
2380 E. Keats MS/MB99
Fresno CA 93740-8024

(559) 278-3056
FAX: (559) 278-6758

Where We Are Located

We are located in the west wing of the Music Building in Room 186.

Department Contact Information

Department of English 
5245 North Baker Avenue M/S PB98 
Fresno CA 93740-8001

Phone: 559.278.2553 - FAX: 559.278.7143 
Location: Peters Business Building, Third Floor, Room 382