The communication arts and literature education major prepares you to be a high school or middle school English teacher as you complete significant coursework in English and education, with additional coursework in communication studies—making connections between the subject matter and the teaching strategies it requires.
Why should I study communication arts and literature education?
The world needs teachers who love literature, communication, writing, and adolescent students. If students are skilled in literacy, they will have more power and success, as well as many opportunities for personal enrichment. You could be the person that inspires and instructs these students.
Moreover, Bethel communication arts and literature education graduates are in high demand. It’s not unusual for students to secure jobs before they complete their student teaching. Principals call in August looking for teaching graduates, and we often have to turn them away because all of our graduates have jobs for the fall.
What can I do with this degree?
Get your Minnesota teaching license to teach middle school and high school English, including literature, writing, speech, journalism, and media studies. Our graduates have taught in:
Attend graduate school for:
- Special education
- School counseling
- Library media studies
What skills will I develop?
- First-rate literary scholarship
- Skilled writing
- College-level speech
- Newspaper writing
- Literary journal work
- Skills to help you partner with theatre—earned through participation or productions
- Student governing
- The ability to attend and participate in literary readings in the Twin Cities and around the world
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Get involved on campus
- Participate in or lead work on The Clarion student newspaper, the Colloquy student research journal, or the Coeval student literary journal
- Serve as a teaching assistant or work in Bethel’s Academic Enrichment and Support Center
- Attend theatre productions and readings throughout the Twin Cities and around the world
- Teach abroad during January interim or participate in a program that sends student teachers around the world
- Study off campus through the English department on semester-long England Term, or during courses like Travel Writing, or Media and Communication Systems in the Developing World
Learn through hands-on experiences
- Receive individual attention and mentoring from full-time faculty who are committed to teaching as well as being respected scholars in the field
- Gain 100+ hours of field experience in both urban and suburban schools before student teaching to see theory at work in real classrooms
- Be mentored by a full-time faculty member during student teaching who will observe you almost weekly, giving you valuable individualized feedback that will help you reflect on your work and improve exponentially
In a recent survey of 200 department alumni, 85 respondents have an M.A. or are currently pursuing one; 15 have a Ph.D. or are currently pursuing one; and 6 have completed law school.
0+ students have participated in England Term since its inception in 1979
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Literature changed who I was, allowed me to look at the world in a new way, to become a more curious person. Faith-learning integration at Bethel helped prepare me to link my faith with my work.Amy Williams '07
Current job: Major Gifts Officer at Ecumen
For me, journalism meant becoming a reporter, but God brought me into ministry. I quickly learned that good writing transcends vocation. Creative storytelling is key anywhere. Studying journalism helped me find my voice and bring good writing to any calling.Monique Kleinhuizen '08
Current job: Communications Strategist at Bethel University