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English

The English faculty at Lakeland know that reading can and should be an intense experience — an experience that combines a commitment to language, an eye for beauty and detail, an openness to new experience, and an analytically sharp mind. English majors develop all these skills and dispositions by testing them against some of the best writing and thinking in literature. In the process, our students not only become practicing literary critics in the classroom, but also emerge better able to find and analyze meaning in all parts of our textual world.

The English program prepares many of its students for careers in education, giving them an extensive knowledge of major writers and movements, and critical terms and techniques. More extensively, though, the English major prepares anyone for a job in the information age by teaching them to think critically, read closely, and write precisely. These abilities are fundamental to careers in publishing, communications, journalism, advertising, law, and business — any field that asks one to handle and use language with skill.

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English Major (36 semester hours)

  • ENG 211 Introduction to British Literature I
  • ENG 212 Introduction to British Literature II
  • ENG 220 Introduction to American Literature
  • ENG 370 Shakespeare
  • ENG 499 Literature and Theory
  • Two additional English (ENG) courses numbered at the 200 level
  • Five additional English (ENG) courses numbered at the 300 level or above (one of which must be a WI designated course and one of which must be at the 400 level)

Note: WRT 300 Advanced Composition may be used in place of one of the above-listed required 300-level courses.

English Major (37 semester hours and the appropriate education requirements) for Early Adolescence through Adolescence Certification (grades 6-12)

  • ENG 211 Introduction to British Literature I
  • ENG 212 Introduction to British Literature II
  • ENG 220 Introduction to American Literature
  • ENG 350 Young Adult Literature (1 semester hour)
  • ENG 370 Shakespeare
  • ENG 499 Literature and Theory
  • WRT 300 Advanced Composition
  • Two additional English (ENG) courses numbered at the 200 level
  • Four additional English (ENG) courses numbered at the 300 level or above (one of which must be a WI designated course and one of which must be at the 400 level). One of the courses must be in American literature.
  • Note: To qualify for Early Adolescence through Adolescence (grades 6-12) teaching certification, a student must complete the courses listed above, the Early Adolescence through Adolescence Professional Sequence, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) statutory requirements.

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Recent Grads, Real Careers

Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland College English students from recent graduating classes have landed:

  • Teacher, Xingyang Vocational and Technical College
  • English teacher, Koje College
  • Wildlife biologist, Kai Environmental
  • English teacher, St. Joseph High School
  • Reserve teacher, Kaukauna-Manitowoc school districts

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Snapshot of Success

Name: Brittney Sandberg

Hometown: Peshtigo, Wis.

Title: English teacher

Business: Xinyang Vocational and Technical College

The first time Brittney entered her classroom in China, the students gave her a hearty round of applause.

“I didn’t know what to do,” she says. “Part of the culture is that if you’re applauded, you applaud. So I did. Being a teacher over there, you get a lot of respect to begin with. It’s a highly respected profession. And my students were very excited and surprised to have a foreign teacher.”

Brittney, who graduated from Lakeland in 2011 with a double major in English and writing and a minor in communication, teaches in China for about 10 months at a time, before getting a break to come home.

“It’s a really great experience,” she says. “When I’m back home, I miss my students so much. I have become really good friends with them.”

Brittney was 14 when she went to Australia with the student travel organization People to People and, in her words, “caught the travel bug.”

Coming out of high school, she visited Lakeland, St. Norbert, Ripon and UW-Green Bay, and “of the four, Lakeland was the one I felt most comfortable with immediately. It felt like home and I could tell this is where I would be happy.”

Like so many of our students, Brittney branched out, working on the student newspaper and contributing to the Lakeland-based SEEMS literary magazine among other ventures.

After graduation, Brittney was placed in her school by China Service Ventures, a Christian organization. She is thrilled with her current station in life.

“I feel I was led there,” she says. “I am right where I am supposed to be right now.”

It’s a similar feeling to the one she had when she chose Lakeland.

“I look back on my Lakeland College experience with very, very happy memories,” she says. “My professors were so caring and they’re definitely people I try to emulate when teaching my own classes. I made so many friends there. It was just wonderful.”

 

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English at Lakeland

Students who major in English will be able to:

  • understand the central concepts of literary analysis, form, and history, primarily covering major literary works, authors, and movements in America and Great Britain;
  • analyze literature in terms of its formal, thematic, and generic qualities;
  • construct an interpretive argument about literature through the use of detail;
  • present written and oral arguments clearly and persuasively in both formal and informal contexts; and
  • appreciate the value of literature as an expression of personal, historical, and universal concerns.
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