Academic Catalog

Secondary Education (English), Bachelor of Arts in Education

The program in secondary education prepares students to teach in grades 9-12 and does so through a core of general liberal arts course work, professional education course work, including field-based clinical experiences, a student teaching experience, and intensive course work in a specific area of subject specialization. The secondary education curriculum may lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, depending upon the chosen area of subject specialization.  Areas of subject specialization in secondary education at USC Upstate include biology, chemistry, English, social studies/history, mathematics and Spanish. 

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:3-4
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Precalculus I
Precalculus II
Calculus II
Elements of Discrete Mathematics
Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology II Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Botany and Society
and Botany and Society Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Math, Logic and/or Natural Science:
Select any additional MATH course listed above or:3-4
Foundations of Human Physiology
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Environmental Science
Natural Disasters
Geology of the Southeast
Introduction to Logic and Rhetoric
Deductive Logic
Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
III. Information Technology
Information Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Digital Studies
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
ENGL U275Masterpieces of World Literature3
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 13
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
American National Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Leadership Development I
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
General Education Electives:
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
American Studies, 17th - 19th Century
American Studies, 20th Century
Introduction to Creative Writing
Understanding English Grammar
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
African American Literature
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Issues
Comparative Religion
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Professional Education
EDFO U200Teacher Education Colloquium0
EDFO U210Foundations of Education3
EDFO U341Introduction to Exceptional Learners/ Special Education3
EDRE U315Foundations of Reading3
EDSC U333Middle Level/Secondary Education Adolescent Development3
EDSC U344Managing the Middle Level/Secondary Classroom Environment3
EDSC U440Field Experience I in Middle Level/Secondary Education2
EDSC U442Secondary School Curriculum and Methodology3
EDSC U443Middle Level/Secondary Educational Assessment2
EDRE U418Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School3
EDSC U445Teaching Middle and Secondary English/ Language Arts3
EDSC U450Field Experience II in Middle Level/Secondary Education2
EDSC U473Student Teaching in Secondary School English12
EDSC U485Middle/Secondary Education: Senior Seminar3
Content Concentration
Select one of the following:3
African American Literature
Native American Literature
Topics in Literature, Culture and Difference
or other approved course in minority literature
Genre or period elective (300-level or above) 23
ENGL U300Introduction to the Study of Literature3
American Literature (300-level or above)3
American Literature (300-level or above)3
British Literature (300-level or above)3
ENGL U405Shakespeare Survey3
or ENGL U406 Studies in Shakespeare
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Linguistics
Understanding English Grammar
ENGL U453Development of the English Language3
ENGL U208Introduction to Creative Writing 33
or ENGL U473 The Teaching of Writing
ENGL U485Adolescent Literature3
ENGL U490Senior Seminar3
Total Hours124-126

The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 101 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program.


ENGL U301 Mythical, Classical, and Biblical Backgrounds recommended


ENGL U473 The Teaching of Writing recommended

Final responsibility for satisfying degree requirements as outlined in the USC Upstate Academic Catalog rests with the student.