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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.
Students who have successfully completed a B.A. in English from Lakeland University should be able to:
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 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.”
Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland University English students from recent graduating classes have landed:
Note: WRT 300 - Advanced Composition (WI) may be used in place of one of the required 300-level courses.
For Early Adolescence through Adolescence Education Certification (grades 6-12)
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.
For Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education Certification (grades 1-8) or Early Adolescence through Adolescence Education Certification (grades 6-12) in combination with a certifiable major
To qualify for either Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) or Early Adolescence through Adolescence (grades 6-12) teaching certification in English, a student must complete the courses listed above, the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education Major/Professional Sequence or the Early Adolescence through Adolescence Professional Sequence along with a certifiable major, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) statutory requirements.
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