Major Requirements

Bethany's English major emphasizes reading, writing, and interpretive skills. As a student in this program you will encounter a wide array of literature. Through hours of discussion and analysis you will become capable of interpreting texts and building important research and critical thinking skills. You'll learn to recognize what is relevant and summarize that information for the use of others. Most importantly, you'll come to appreciate a more complex and expansive view of the way literature reveals humankind's nature, especially from the Christian perspective.

Bethany’s English major prepares you for graduate studies and careers in writing, editing, journalism, publishing, and others. Our graduates demonstrate superior comprehension, decision making, research, and writing skills that are highly valued by employers and are also suited for careers in the fields of marketing, public relations, management, and business administration.

Entry into the Major

Students wishing to major in English must pass the following courses with at least a C+.

Students who seek state licensure for secondary level (grades 5-12) teaching of English must first meet all requirements for "Entry into the Education Major" (see Education Majors). Then, students are required to take the courses listed below with an asterisk AND the courses listed under "State of Minnesota Teaching Licensure in Communication Arts and Literature." All teaching licensure courses with embedded standards must be passed with a "C+" or better.

Core Requirements

The English major consists of 33 credits. At least 18 credits must be 300-400 level courses.


Three of the following:

One of the following:

Major Electives

Choose a minimum of two of the following:

Required Minor or Concentration

The student majoring in English must also fulfill the requirements for a concentration within the Liberal Arts major or a minor offered by Bethany. Any of the concentrations or minors offered by Bethany are acceptable for this requirement with the exception of an English concentration or an English minor.

State of Minnesota Teaching Licensure In Communication Arts and Literature

Students seeking teaching licensure are required to consult an academic advisor in both the English and Education Departments. In addition to the English major requirements students who seek state licensure for secondary level (grades 5-12) teaching of Communication Arts and Literature are required to take the courses listed above with an asterisk and the following courses and to pass them with a “C+” or better:

Important requirements of all students completing Minnesota Teaching English licensure at Bethany Lutheran College:

  • Complete all standards based courses with a “C+” or above
  • Maintain 2.75 GPA
  • Pass the following Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams:
    • MTLE: Basic Skills Assessments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
    • MTLE: Either Pedegogy K-6 or 5-12
    • MTLE: Subject matter/content 5-12 English
  • Complete the Human Relations/Diversity Component
  • Complete all courses required for Minnesota State Licensure
  • Satisfactory completion of Teaching Internship and Seminar
  • Satisfactory completion of STEEP and Professional Portfolio
  • Attend the Mahkato Wacipi Pow Wow

Note: An appeals process is outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Handbook. According to Minnesota Statue 122A.09 Subdivision 4(c), a candidate who remains unsatisfied with a dispute regarding recommendation for licensure may appeal the decision to the Minnesota Board of Teaching.