University General Course Catalog 2017-2018 
    Nov 18, 2019  

English (Secondary Teaching Specialization), B.A.


Students in the English secondary teaching program develop proficiency in critical reading, research, editing, oral presentation, writing and publication for a variety of audiences and purposes, and ability to negotiate the social, technical, and pedagogical aspects of language use and acquisition. Licensure is granted via the Education College.

Contact Information

English Department: FH 122B
English Office: (775) 682-6376
Ann Keniston, Director of Undergraduate Studies (775) 682-6399 

College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to Nevada

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 120
Cumulative GPA 2.0
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 2.0
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement 42 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution 60 Units


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Silver Core Fine Art (3 units) - CO7

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (15 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Students must satisfy at least one of the Additional Silver Core requirements with a course that also meets a major requirement and/or the CLA Breadth requirement. If students do not use the following recommended courses to satisfy the additional Silver Core requirements, they must take appropriate courses in other departments.  Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter of this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

The following recommended courses can also be used in the Major Requirement:

C. Global Context Course - CO11

The following recommended course can also be used in the Major Requirement:

D. Ethics Course - CO12

The following recommended courses can also be used in the Major Requirement:

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

The following recommended courses can also be used in the Major Requirement:

F. Application Course - CO14

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO14 courses .

III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)

Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of four options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores;
  3. show transcript evidence of successful completion of four years of high school coursework in the same foreign language; or
  4. participate in a Studies Abroad program pre-approved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, 6 credits that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Silver Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 7).

IV. Major Requirements (36 units)

B. English Electives (12 units)

Four upper-division courses listed below; must be from at least three of the groups below. Only six credits of creative writing and one 400-level capstone in English may apply.


Only one 400-level Capstone in English may be used toward fulfilling these requirements.

V. Requirements for Licensure in Secondary Education (33 units)

Consult with the academic advisor in the Education College for approved courses

VI. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

VII. Electives (1-21 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

  • ENG 101 - Composition I (3 units)
  • Mathematics Course (3 units) CO2*
  • Foreign Language 111 (4 units)
  • Social Sciences Course (3 units) CO6
  • General Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (16-17 units)

  • ENG 102 - Composition II (3 units) CO1, CO3 *
  • Natural Sciences Course (3-4 units) CO4L
  • Foreign Language 112 (4 units)
  • Fine Arts Course (3 units) CO7
  • College Breadth Requirement (100-200 level) (3 units)

    NOTE: * English and Math course placement is based on test scores. Please consult the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (13-15 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

  • ENG 400-level electives (fulfilling CO14 as needed) (3 units)
  • ENG 400-level electives (fulfilling CO10, CO11, CO13 as needed) (3 units)
  • American literature course (300-400 level) (3 units) 
  • Minor (300-400 level) (6 units)

Spring Semester (12-15 units)

  • ENG 400-level elective (fulfilling CO13 or CO14 as needed) (3 units)
  • ENG 400-level elective (3 units)
  • Minor (300-400 level) (6 credits)
  • General Elective (0-3 units)