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 seeking a Minnesota teaching licensure must pass ENGL110 with at least a “C+”):

Note: ENGL200 Introduction to Literary Studies is not waived for English majors who transfer in an equivalent course.

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 Major). 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

At least 18 credits must be 300-400 level courses.


Three of the following:

One of the following:

Major Electives for Literary Studies Track

A minimum of two of the following not already taken above:

Required Minor or Concentration for Literary Studies Track

English majors in the Literary Studies track must also fulfill the requirements for a concentration within the liberal arts major or  a minor (with the exceptions of an English concentration or an English minor). This requirement does not apply to students who (1) major in the English Multimedia-Writing track, or (2) major in English seeking licensure in the Communication Arts and Literature Track.

Multimedia-Writing Track

Students pursuing this track must fulfill all of the core requirements necessary for the Literary Studies Track, as well as the following courses (a concentration or minor is not required):

A minimum of two of the following must also be completed:

Students in this track will also create and develop a cumulative portfolio.

Major Electives for the Multimedia-Writing Track

A minimum of two of the following not already taken above:

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. See Education Major section of Academic Catalog or consult Education Department Chair for clarification.
  • 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 Internships 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.