Program: English, B.A.

Four-Year Integrated (FYI) English Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential Option

Program Description

The undergraduate English major (consisting of five options: Literature, Creative Writing, Subject Matter, FYI and JYI, and Honors) is designed for students who desire to concentrate in a specific field under the broader category of English. Students are required to choose one of these options at the time they declare their English major. For further information concerning the choice of options or related career opportunities for those with a B.A. in English, see an English department advisor.

The Four-Year Integrated (FYI) and Junior-Year Integrated (JYI) English Single Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential options prepare students for a career in teaching English at the middle school and/or high school level. FYI and JYI integrate English subject matter coursework, GE requirements and the coursework included in professional preparation, permitting students who successfully complete the program to earn both a B.A. in English and a Single Subject English Preliminary Credential in four years for FYI students and in as few as two years for JYI students. These programs meet the California CTC subject matter requirements for the English Single Subject Credential. For details on the Single Subject Credential Program, see the Credential and Department of Secondary Education sections in this Catalog.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

Students admitted to the FYI Program will be assigned to a cohort in their freshman year and they, with their cohort, will complete the coursework in the designated order outlined here. FYI-English integrates English subject matter coursework and the coursework included in professional preparation. The program also includes all General Education coursework, permitting students who successfully complete the program to earn both a B.A. in English and a Single Subject English Preliminary Credential in four years. Note: For additional information, consult the Credential Office, the FYI-English Advisor in the Department of English or the Department of Secondary Education.

1. Required Courses (129 units)

Fall Semester, Year 1 (15 units)

COMS 151 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
ENGL 115 Approaches to University Writing (3)
MATH 131 Mathematical Ideas (3) (or other GE Math)
UNIV 100 Freshman Seminar (3)
Choose 3 units from the GE Section B2: Life Science (3)*

Spring Semester, Year 1 (15 units)

ENGL 250FE Perspectives on English Studies for Teachers (3)
ENGL 258 British Literature from the Middle Ages to the Early Age of Empire (3)
ENGL 275 Survey of U.S. Literature (3)
Choose 3 units from GE Section B1: Physical Science (3)*
Choose 3 units from GE Section D1: Social Sciences (3)

*Note that students need to take one 3 unit lecture class and one lecture/lab combination (2+1).

Fall Semester, Year 2 (18 units)

ENGL 259 British Literature from the Early Age of Empire to the Present (3)
ENGL 355 Writing About Literature (3)
Choose 3 units from GE Section A3: Critical Thinking (3)
Choose 3 units from GE Section D1: Social Sciences (3)
Choose 3 units from GE Section F: Comparative Cultural Studies (3)

Choose one of the following courses:

Spring Semester, Year 2 (18 units)

Fall Semester, Year 3 (16 units)

Choose 3 units of British Literature (Extended Study 3):

ENGL 443, ENGL 449, ENGL 452, ENGL 456, ENGL 458, ENGL 460, ENGL 461, ENGL 462, ENGL 466, ENGL 467 or ENGL 468

Spring Semester, Year 3 (15 units)

Choose 3 units American Literature (Extended Study 4):

ENGL 473, ENGL 474, ENGL 475, ENGL 476, ENGL 477 or ENGL 478

Additional Requirements for Spring Semester
Year 3 students should:
  1. Successfully complete the English Subject Matter Exit Interview with two members of the English department (see advisor).
  2. Apply for admission to the Credential Program.
  3. Take the CBEST examination.
  4. Apply for the Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Fall Semester, Year 4 (17 units)

ENGL 302 Introduction to Modern Grammar (3)
ENGL 429 Literature for Adolescents (3)
SED 521 Content Area Literacy and Learning in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
SED 554/S Supervised Field Experience and Field Experience Seminar (3/2)
SPED 420 Designing Equitable Learning Through Universal Design (3)

Spring Semester, Year 4 (15 units)

ENGL 495ESM Senior Seminar in English: Multigenre Literacy in a Global Context (3)
SED 514 Computers in Instruction (3)
SED 529 Teaching English Learners in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
SED 555 Supervised Practicum for the Single Subject Credential (4)
SED 555S Practicum Seminar for the Single Subject Credential (2)

2. Additional Requirements for the FYI English Single Subject Matter Credential Program (FYI) Option

  1. Earn a grade of “C” or better and a GPA of 2.99 or higher in ENGL 250FE, ENGL 258, ENGL 259, ENGL 275, ENGL 301, ENGL 302, ENGL 355, ENGL 363/ENGL 463A/ENGL 463B, ENGL 406, ENGL 416/ENGL 417, ENGL 429, ENGL 495ESM; upper division ENGL courses; COMS 309 and TH 473/L.
  2. Maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  3. Earn a grade of “C” or better and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in AAS 417/AFRS 417/ARMN 417/CHS 417/ELPS 417; EPC 420; HSCI 466ADO; SED 511, SED 514, SED 521, SED 525EN, SED 529, SED 554SED 555; and SPED 420.
  4. Complete a Professional Teaching Portfolio (SED 555).
  5. Develop and complete an Induction Plan (SED 555).

3. General Education

English majors in the Four-Year Integrated (FYI) option satisfy General Education requirements by completion of the major. In addition, students must complete 3 units of coursework to meet the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement. If taken, one of the following courses in the major will also meet the Ethnic Studies (ES) requirement: AFRS 417 or CHS 417. Alternatively, students may select an Ethnic Studies (ES) designated course from one of the following General Education sections: C3 American History, Institutions and Ideals, D1 Social Sciences or F Comparative Cultural Studies.

Total English Subject Matter Units: 54

Total Single Subject Credential Units: 36

General Education Units: 39

Total Units Required for FYI English: 129


Department of English
Chair: Tim Black
Sierra Tower (ST) 708
(818) 677-3431

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical reading skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective writing skills.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of creative, literary, linguistic and/or rhetorical theories.
  4. Analyze British and American cultural, historical and literary texts.
  5. Analyze culturally diverse texts.

Students receiving a Single Subject Preliminary Credential will be able to:

  1. Engage and support all students in learning.
  2. Create and maintain effective environments for student learning.
  3. Understand and organize subject matter for student learning.
  4. Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students.
  5. Assess student learning.
  6. Develop as a professional educator.