Bachelor of Science or Arts in English with Secondary licensure

Program of Study

Students specifically interested in teaching English at the secondary level can major in English with Secondary Licensure at Eastern New Mexico University. An English major's time frame for degree completion varies with the individual student, but can be attained in four years. Students interested in this degree can choose two paths: a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Art. The BA degree requires two years of a language. Studying another language improves students' understanding of grammar; thus we strongly encourage the Bachelor of Arts.

Special Services and Opportunities

The English faculty is committed to responsible academic advising. Faculty members are specialists in their areas of advising and are current with requirements for admission into the programs they advise. The University has a reputable record regarding student success in the English field, including placing students in first-rate graduate programs and in preparing students for careers in teaching.

Service and Mutual Interest Organizations

Eastern New Mexico University provides students the opportunity to use their English skills and hold leadership positions in organizations on campus, including holding staff and editorial positions with publications like El Portal and The Chase.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

ENMU is committed to helping you finance your education. In addition to grants, loans, and scholarships offered University-wide, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers scholarships for current students, four of which are scholarships exclusively for English majors. Additionally, many Eastern New Mexico University students work part-time jobs to help finance their education.

Career Opportunities

With a degree in English with Secondary Licensure, students' primary job opportunity is teaching English at the high school or junior high level. In addition to completing the degree, students must pass state competency exams to teach in public schools. A degree in English does not just prepare students for a teaching career, however. Studies show that English majors are also consistently hired for a variety of jobs that require persuasive and clear communication skills including, but not limited to: attorneys, managerial and administrative positions, FBI trainers, newscasters, politicians, textbook sales representatives, columnists, journalists, and translators. In addition to advisors within the department, Career Services offers job placement assistance to all students.

High School Courses

Students interested in English should include the following courses in their high school curriculum: advanced placement English and English composition courses.

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Michael Rizza

Dr. Michael Rizza

Assistant Professor of English/Department Chair

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113E

Phone: 575.562.2329