The Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (BA) offers two options:
- Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (BA)/Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (MA)
- Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (BA)/Secondary Education English (MED)
Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (BA)/Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (MA)
Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse offers undergraduate majors the opportunity to begin earning an advanced degree as seniors. The program allows approved B.A./M.A. students to take one graduate course in each quarter of the senior year, allowing for the completion of the M.A. in nine subsequent graduate courses rather than 12. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the major and 3.20 overall at time of application, and they should have completed two of the undergraduate Core courses and at least one other 300-level course counting toward the major. Students must apply for this program no later than March 1 of their junior year.
Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (BA)/Secondary Education English (MED)
The TEACH Program combines a Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) undergraduate English major with a graduate level College of Education (COE) Master’s in Education Program. Students graduate with a BA in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse and a MEd in Education with State of Illinois Secondary English Language Arts licensure. This combined degree program of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Education was collaboratively developed, and is governed and taught by faculty from these units.
Students may apply to the Program during the spring of their junior year. They must complete the Junior Year Experiential Learning course, TCH 320, and meet other application criteria prior to applying; these include completion of at least 16 quarter credit hours at DePaul and a 3.0 GPA. During their senior year, students are required to complete a Program capstone course, TCH 390, and three 400-level courses that count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees:
English Content Area (grades of C or better required for licensure):
The following English content area requirements are required. These can be taken as part of liberal studies, major and/or open elective requirements:
- Introduction to Literature course: ENG 120 or 200-level LSP English course
- Reading Poetry course: ENG 220 or ENG 366
Shakespeare course: ENG 228 or ENG 328
- Literary Research and Writing/Reading Prose course: ENG 221
- Linguistics/Grammar/History of the English Language course: ENG 211, ENG 370, WRD 203, ENG 300, WRD 300, WRD 323, or WRD 340
- 3 British Literature courses chosen from: ENG 245, any ENG course in the 310s-350s sequence, ENG 382 (British authors), ENG 383 (British authors), ENG 387 (British literature), ENG 388 (British literature), ENG 389 (British literature)
- Romanticism in American Literature course: ENG 361
- 2 American Literature courses chosen from: ENG 371, ENG 372, ENG 373, ENG 374, ENG 382 (American authors), ENG 383 (American authors), ENG 387 (American literature), ENG 388 (American literature), ENG 389(American literature)
- 300-level Literature elective courses (With permission, WRD majors can substitute upper-level WRD course)
The Master’s year comprises teacher-preparation coursework that culminates with student teaching during Spring quarter. Upon graduation and the fulfilling of State of Illinois Certification requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be certified to teach English at the 6th-12th grade levels.
A full description of the Program can be found on the College of Education website in the graduate course catalog. Students interested in the Program should consult with the designated TEACH Program advisor in their home department.