Secondary Education and English, B.A.

Both the English Department and the Secondary Education Program are committed to preparing high quality, skilled and knowledgeable teachers who have the breadth and depth of content and pedagogy to succeed in today's classrooms. The faculty in English are committed to preparing students to read critically, think analytically, research thoughtfully, and write well in a variety of contexts. The English curriculum introduces students to major literary movements, current concepts of language and its acquisition, and theories of composition and criticism. Students completing the degree program will have a general command of the discipline and the skills necessary to the discipline. After graduation, they will use these critical skills both within the discipline of English as teachers, editors, writers and researchers, and in other related professional fields. In particular, this dual degree program offers students the opportunity to use this knowledge while also learning the skills to be an excellent teacher for students in grades 7-12.

What do English/Education majors study?

All English majors take three foundation courses that focus on the writing and analytic skills needed to succeed in English. Then they take courses specifically designed to help them become excellent educators.

What can I do with a bachelor's in English/Education?

English graduates have gone on go to excel in a wide range of exciting fields, including:

  • Law - Forensic linguistics, business, criminal, copyright, international, family, real estate, and politics
  • Technology - Software engineering and app development, startups, website development, new media development
  • Teaching at all levels, from elementary to graduate, including teaching English abroad

Why get a bachelor's in English here?

  • Success and Career Workshops: Numerous workshops are offered to help you make the most of your English/Education major and plan for the next steps in your career.
  • Classroom Experience: Get hands-on experience working in the classroom before you even graduate.
  • Award-Winning Faculty: Here, you'll learn from fine faculty, many of whom are winners of national and international awards for teaching and research. At the University of Nevada, Reno, you can even work with faculty on undergraduate research - a great way to build your résumé.

What's next?

If you're ready to declare Secondary Education and History as your major, or just have more questions, make an appointment to talk with an academic advisor from the College of Education and Human Development or the College of Liberal Arts.

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