English Teaching (BA)


The University offers a bachelor of arts (BA) in English for students who wish to obtain licensure to teach in middle school, junior high, and high school.

The English Teaching Program combines a solid grounding in English with the practical experiences in education needed for a successful teaching career.

Coursework includes study in a wide range of literature, from international classics to contemporary multicultural American texts. Special features of the program include the development of enhanced writing and critical thinking skills.

Areas of study include

  • British literature
  • American literature
  • English language
  • Grammar
  • Literary analysis
  • Multicultural literature
  • Writing
  • Creative Writing

Students gain teaching skills through classroom and field experiences in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Bayh College of Education—and through their required student teaching experience. An optional minor is offered in creative writing. Students considering graduate work in English should take substantial work in at least one foreign language.

In addition to coursework, other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study-abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over fifty-six countries.

Students benefit from small classes taught by award-winning faculty who have a diversity of specialties including British and American literature, rhetoric, and creative writing. Most hold doctoral degrees, and many publish books and articles, conduct research, edit journals, and speak at national and international meetings within their specializations.

The Department of English sponsors a variety of activities including the Joseph S. Schick Lecture Series, a showcase of distinguished scholars from around the world who present formal lectures on British or American literature and language before 1900; the Bash Lectures in Modern American Literature Series, which focuses on contemporary American writers; and the Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writer Series, which brings writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to campus for readings of their work and for informal visits with students.

Prior speakers on the Indiana State University campus include poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Donald Hall; international best-selling authors, such as Amy Tan and Sister Helen Prejean; Pulitzer Prize winners, such as Stacy Schiff, W. D. Snodgrass, Paul Muldoon, and Megan Marshall, and award-winning contemporary writers, such as Roxane Gay and Kaveh Akbar.

Other opportunities include the Creative Writing Society and Sigma Tau Delta (an international honor society), as well as literary readings and public exhibitions of professional and student writing.

Required Courses


The English Teaching Program prepares students to teach in middle school, junior high, and high school. In addition, the program provides valuable communication skills that are in demand for administrative and writing careers in education, business, industry, and government.

A major in English Teaching also serves as excellent preparation for advanced study in English and related areas, for research, and for law school.

In addition, the English Teaching Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and Indiana State Board of Education.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of English offers numerous scholarships and awards for outstanding English majors.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of English
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of English
Indiana State University