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Department of Literature and Language

College of Arts & Sciences

Most ETSU students first become acquainted with the Department of Literature and Language through the Freshman Composition sequence....

English 1010 ("Critical Reading and Expository Writing") and English 1020 ("Critical Thinking and Argumentation"). These two courses are designed to give students a foundation in critical reading, thinking, and writing; students will then build upon this foundation in more advanced courses within their chosen majors.

Students who major in English elect one of two tracks, both of which require 36 hours of coursework.

  • The Teaching Track is a highly structured sequence of those courses needed to teach at the middle-school and high-school levels. Students who follow this track must also minor in Teacher Education in order to become certified by the State of Tennessee.
  • The Non-Teaching (or "regular") track offers students more choice in their programs of study. Students select eight courses in specified areas, as well as four upper-level English electives. Some students group these electives into an informal interest area (such as writing, ethnic literature, British literature, poetry), while others use them to explore a wide range of topics.

The Department of Literature and Language offers majors in Foreign Language with concentrations in French, German, and Spanish. Students who wish to teach these languages in secondary schools also follow a directed curriculum requiring a minor in Teaching Education.

In summer 2010, the Department of Literature and Language became the host department for the Women's Studies program. Students may earn a major or a minor in this discipline. Contact for more Women's Studies information.

Majors

English
 
Burleson 213 
423-439-5997

Teaching English in Secondary Schools

Burleson 408 
423-439-5993

Foreign Languages with a Concentration in French

Gilbreath 214C 
423-439-6902

Foreign Languages with a Concentration in German

Gilbreath 214C
423-439-4347

Foreign Languages with a Concentration in Spanish 

213B Gilbreath
423-439-8343 

Women's Studies

Campus Center Bldg. 211
423-439-4135

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