English at Aquinas College

English Teaching Minor

Minor Requirements: Twenty-one (21) semester hours

Required Courses:

  • EH221 Introduction to Literary Studies (AT)
  • EH230 Grammar of Modern English
  • EH265 Writing Center Theory and Practice
  • EH388 Teaching Young Adult Literature
  • EH400 Teaching Writing
  • Choose six (6) semester hours of 200-, 300-, or 400- level literature courses. Must be one (1) American literature course and one (1) British literature course

NOTE: 100-level does not count toward the minor. We recommend taking 200-level courses prior to 300-level courses.

Courses

  • EH221 Introduction to Literary Studies (3)

    Principles of literary prose and verse; structures, techniques, and devices of various literary types. This course is required for English majors and minors.

  • EH230 Grammar of Modern English (3)

    Analysis of the language through traditional, structural, and transformational grammar. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH265 Writing Center Theory and Practice (3)

    This course will utilize writing theory and technique to train students to be student consultants for the Aquinas College Writing Center. Specifically, the course will equip students to assist Writing Center visitors with key elements of the writing process, including but not limited to: idea generation, thesis development/topic focus, organization, revision, editing, grammar correction (usage and punctuation), discipline-specific documentation and formatting. Instructor permission required.

  • EN388/EH388 Teaching Young Adult Literature (3)

    Offered fall semester. Required for elementary and secondary reading minors. Not an education method elective. This course will introduce students to significant young adult authors and their books and will introduce them to strategies for teaching literature to middle and high school students. In addition, techniques and principles in the selection, evaluation, and promotion of young adult literature will be discussed. This is a course that secondary English majors should take, and it would be helpful if students have fulfilled their Literary Studies requirement (either EH221 or EH222) before taking the course. Prerequisite: EN201/EN501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field component: eight (8) hours (daytime).

  • EN400/EH400/EN500 Teaching Writing (3) WI

    Offered fall semesters. This course introduces students to current theories about the teaching of writing, gives them practice as writers of expressive and expository writing, and provides them with practical strategies for teaching writing as a process in secondary classrooms. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field Component: variable hours tutoring at a self-selected grade level.