About The Program
As an NSU English Educational Bachelor's Degree student, you’ll learn to write clearly, read critically, connect ideas meaningfully, understand diversity, relate historical context to human interactions, and see others empathetically. NSU's English program is structured with different areas of emphasis to help you tailor your major to suit your needs and career goals.
At NSU, English B.S.Ed. majors complete courses required for the teaching emphasis and professional education course work in secondary education.
NSU's English degree pairs well with other specializations and students are encouraged to take minors, or even to double major, in areas such as history, business, political science, and art design.
Many English majors earn master's degrees in education or business. Explore NSU's graduate programs to learn more.
In addition to teaching in middle or high schools, an NSU English education degree can set you on the path to teach at the college level or teach English as a second language in the U.S. or abroad. Teachers who are geographically mobile and obtain licensure in more than one subject are likely to have a distinct employment advantage.
Other career possibilities include employee development or training specialist, interviewer, education administrator, personnel specialist, public relations specialist, sales representative, media relations representative, non-profit administrator or educational consultant.
For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.
NSU's English program also supports career readiness through internships that require students to apply their skills in the workplace. Students have interned in such diverse positions as writer/copy editor at their hometown newspaper, grants assistance at the university, public relations for the community theater, archival work in a museum, and web design for a local nonprofit organization.
A three-credit internship is required.
“I chose to attend Northern because I knew I wanted to go into education, and it has one of the best education schools in the state. I also chose Northern because I loved the Cross Country and Track programs as well as the coaches. I also really liked the small campus feel and that it was not too far away from home. One thing that I love about Northern is the community here; it truly is a family and the faculty and staff take time to get to know us and support us through our education. The past two years I was also a mentor for TRIO Student Support Services. I got to reach out and truly get to know my peers. That was one of the greatest experiences of my college career and, as a result, I made a lot of great friends through that program.”—Kylie Werner, Sioux Falls, S.D. #beNORTHERN #unleashYOURpotential #NorthernStateU #WhyNSU #WolvesMaskUp
For more information about this degree, contact Jessica Ness, or call 605-626-2272 or 605-626-7900. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or email@example.com.
Dr. Lysbeth Em Benkert arrived at Northern State University in the fall of 1995, one year after receiving her Ph.D from Washington State University.
Her specializations include rhetorical theory and early modern literature, including Shakespeare. She also teaches creative writing. In addition to her academic scholarship, she has published original poems in a variety of literary magazines and a chapbook titled #girl stuff (Dancing Girl Press, 2018).
B.A., Benedictine University
M.A., University of Northern Colorado
Ph.D, University of South Carolina
Dr. Ben Harley joined the Northern faculty as an assistant professor of English in 2018. His work focuses on rhetoric and composition - ways in which humans create and circulate texts in order to persuade and be persuaded. Many of his courses focus not only on creating persuasive texts but also on critically and ethically engaging with traditional and new media. His research largely focuses on public rhetorics, both digital and traditional, with his most recent work focusing on how the material nature of sound intimately affects bodies and can be used to create diverse communities. He has published in an array of scholarly journals, including …
Dr. Pen Pearson is a professor of English at Northern. Pearson also advises Northern Lights, Northern’s student literary magazine, and mentors high school English teachers in Northern’s Rising Scholar program.
Her novel about Edwardian poet Charlotte Mew, Bloomsbury’s Late Rose, was published in 2019 (Chickadee Prince Books). Dr. Pearson has also published two books of poetry: Trespass to Chattel (Atomic Press) and Poetry as Liturgy (Mellen Poetry Press). Her current project is a memoir about her late father.
“Crafting Strangeness: Wonder Terminology in the Exeter Book Riddles and the Anglo-Latin Enigmata.” Review of English Studies 69.289 (2017): 201-15.
“The Riddle of Beauty: The Aesthetics of Wrætlic in Old English Verse.” Modern Philology 114.3 (2017): 457-81.