General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.


 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.


Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Major in English/Secondary Education for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Teachers of English in secondary schools are typically required to teach a broad language arts curriculum. This interdisciplinary program combines literature, linguistics, reading, composition, and speech, providing excellent preparation for classroom teaching.

In order to meet the language arts/humanities requirements for licensure, students are required to take ENGL-101, ENGL-102, CMTC-101.

NOTE: The required professional education courses must be completed in addition to the requirements listed below. Refer to the Secondary Education section of this catalog for additional information.

  • No more than 15 hours may be transferred into the major in English.
  • No more than15 hours at the 200 level may count towards fulfilling the major requirements.
Required Courses
American Literature
ENGL-218American Literature:Beginnings To 18653
ENGL-219American Literature:1865 To The Present3
English Literature
ENGL-221English Literature:The Beginnings To C. 17503
ENGL-222English Literature: C. 1750 To The Present3
ENGL-345Practical Criticism3
ENGL-330Shakespeare: Comedies And Romances3
or ENGL-331 Shakespeare: Tragedies
Diverse Literature
ENGL-352Jewish-American Literature: People Of The Books (Jewish-American Literature: People of the Books)3
ENGL-371Studies In Women's Literature3
African-American Literature
and Young Adult Novel (or Approved Equivalent)
or ENGL-380 Multi-Cultural Literature In America
ENGL-376Advanced Composition3
or ENGL-377 Argumentative Prose
Select three Electives in Literature at the 300-level9
LING-201Introduction To General Linguistics3
TESL-340Practices & Procedures3
Other Required Courses
CMTM-265Mass Media and Society3
SCED-315Teaching Writing In Junior And Senior High School3
Total Hours54

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
EDFN-305Philosophical And Historical Foundations Of Public Education3
EDFN-306Education And Individual Differences3
General Education Course3
ENGL Survey Course3
ENGL Survey Course3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
ENGL Survey Course3
ENGL Survey Course3
ENGL-376 or LING-2013
General Education3
 Term Hours12
Second Year
Term 1
ENGL-345Practical Criticism3
ENGL-376 or LING-2013
CMTM-265, TESL-340, or LING-3003
EDFN-307, or 300-Level ENGL Course3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
ENGL-330 or ENGL-3313
CMTM-265, TESL-340 or LING-3003
EDFN-307 or 300-Level ENGL Course3
300-Level ENGL Course3
 Term Hours12
Third Year
Term 1
LTCY-301Teaching Literacy In Junior Senior High Schools3
SCED-301Writing Intensive Program:Methods Of Teaching On The Secondary Level3
300-Level ENGL Course3
300-Level ENGL Course3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
ENGL-390Young Adult Novel3
300-Level ENGL Elective3
 Term Hours6
Fourth Year
Term 1
SCED-303EMethods Of Teaching English In The Secondary School3
SCED-304EClinical Experiences In The Secondary School:English1
SCED-315Teaching Writing In Junior And Senior High School3
300-Level ENGL Course3
 Term Hours10
Term 2
SCED-305ESecondary Student Teaching And Seminar In English9
300-Level ENGL Course3
 Term Hours12
 Total Hours: 91