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English, Minors in

Students who minor in English immerse themselves in and respond to excellent, thought-provoking, life-changing literary texts and explore the inner workings and worldwide impact of the English language. There are four tracks to the minor:

Language and Literature; Applied Linguistics; ESL Teaching; and Secondary Education Teachable Minor.

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Language and Literature

The Literature minor (21 credits) is designed for students to become acquainted with powerful literature and to sharpen their analytical skills as thinkers, readers, writers, and communicators. This minor prepares students for a host of professions in which critical thinking and clear communication are essential.

Applied Linguistics

The Applied Linguistics minor (21 credits) is designed for students interested in pursuing the study of language. Students with a minor in Applied Linguistics are well-prepared to teach English internationally as well as to work in such settings as adult literacy, refugee services, nonprofit/NGO services, and electronic and print publishing.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachable Minor

The ESL track of the Applied Linguistics minor (18 credits + 5-credit CECI practicum) is designed for students seeking elementary or secondary teacher certification. This track prepares students for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in ESL to qualify for ESL endorsement. Students seeking elementary certification should pursue the PCKET major.

Secondary Education Teachable Minor in English

The Secondary Education Teachable minor (24 credits) in English provides all the benefits of the Literature track minor while preparing students to teach English at the middle or high school level. This track prepares students for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in Secondary English.

Why Study English at Grand Valley?

  • Students are well prepared to pursue careers in business, law, medicine, publishing, library science, teaching, and more.
  • Professors are dedicated teachers and active scholars with deep expertise in their fields.
  • The curriculum is diverse, introducing students to a multitude of cultures and perspectives.
  • Minors are invited to participate in all department activities, including faculty-led study abroad programs and Sigma Tau Delta (the English honor society).
  • The secondary education program is nationally accredited and recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face

For More Information

Department of English
235 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3400

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