The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in English for
students who wish to obtain licensure to teach in middle school, junior high, and high school.
The English Teaching Program combines a solid grounding in English with the practical experiences in
education needed for a successful teaching career.
Coursework includes study in the following areas:
Students gain teaching skills through classroom and field experiences in the College of Arts and Sciences and
the Bayh College of Education—and through their required student teaching experience. Students
considering graduate work in English should take substantial work in at least one foreign language.
French, German, Latin, or Spanish are recommended.
Students benefit from small classes taught by award-winning faculty who have a diversity of specialties including
British and American literature, rhetoric, and creative writing. Most hold doctoral
degrees, and many edit journals, publish books and articles, conduct research, and speak at national
and international meetings within their specializations.
The Department of English sponsors a variety of activities including the Joseph S. Schick Lecture Series,
a showcase of distinguished scholars from around the world who present formal lectures on British or
American literature and language.
Other opportunities include the Arion Creative Writing Club and Sigma Tau Delta (an international honor society),
as well as literary readings and public exhibitions of professional and student writing.
In addition, published writers of poetry and fiction give readings, conduct workshops, and visit informally with students.
Prior speakers on the Indiana State University campus include poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Donald Hall, international
best-selling authors such as Amy Tan and Sister Helen Prejean, and Pulitzer Prize winners such as Stacy Schiff, W. D. Snodgrass,
and Paul Muldoon.
The English Teaching program prepares students to teach in middle school, junior high, and high school.
In addition, the program provides valuable communication skills that are in demand for administrative and
writing careers in education, business, industry, and government.
A major in English Teaching also serves as excellent preparation for advanced study in English and related areas, for research, and for law school.
In addition, the English Teaching Program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of English offers several scholarships and awards for new and outstanding English majors. For information on these awards, contact the Department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.