Minor in Literacy Education            (18 credits)

The focus of our Minor in Literacy Education is social change through education. Students explore issues related to and that impact literacy and literacy education with a particular focus on community.

Two core courses with four electives are required for the minor.

Core Courses

READ 295 Critical Literacy for Advocacy & Community Engagement
READ 360 Literacy Education for Social Change

Electives in Education (select 2)

CHIC 332 The Chicano Adolescent
CHIC 325 Chicana and Chicano Education
EDEL 325 Cultural Pluralism in Elementary Schools Prerequisite to ELEM Cred/Diversity  GE (D.1)
EDSC 330 Developing Literacy in Secondary Schools Prerequisite to Secondary Credential
READ 201 New Literacies for Academic Success
READ 290 Critical Reading, Thinking, And Literacy
READ 340 Promoting early Language and Literacy Development in Diverse Children
SPED 436 Literacy for Early Childhood Special Education Specialists

Electives in Literature of Underserved Groups (select 2)

AFAM 324 Intro to Afro-American Literature
ASAM 327 Asian American Literature
CHIC 250 Intro to Multi-Ethnic Literature
CHIC 333 Mexican Literatures since 1940
CHIC 330 The Evolution of Mexican Literature
CHIC 336 Latin American Literatures
CHIC 337 Contemporary Chicano Literature
ENG 222 American LIterature from Twain to the Moderns ENG 328 Literature of the American Indians
ENG 355T Images of Women in Literature
ENG 434 Literature for Junior and Senior High School

A great compliment to your major, the minor in Literacy Education provides options for study abroad and study away opportunities.

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Undergraduate Courses 

Our department offers many undergraduate courses that can help you fulfill your General Education(GE) and elective credits.

READ 131 Explore Core: Migrant Lives (3)

Differing sociocultural experiences of different migrant groups. How immigration as a process impacts physical, cognitive and socioemotional development of migrants’ children. Educational experiences of migrants and implications for schools and society.(CAS 131, AMST 131 and READ 131 are the same course)

READ 201 - New Literacies for Academic Success (3)  GE Area E

 This course is designed to set students up for academic success. Collaborative work with classmates supports learning. Students use technology to gather information and to prepare quality academic papers and projects. Students learn a variety of strategies they can use in other courses. 

READ 290 - Critical Reading, Thinking and Literacy (3) GE Category A.3

Explore the relationship of critical reading to critical thinking. Tackle contemporary social issues through discussion, writings, and projects. Develop critical thinking skills with application in interpretation, analysis, criticism and advocacy of ideas encountered in academic readings and today's media. One or more sections may be offered in any online format. 

READ 295 - Critical Literacies for Advocacy and Community Engagement (3) GE Area E

 Apply critical thinking to local community. Explore and apply intellectual habits and dispositions to global issues, advocacy and non-profits. Evaluate and create information to facilitate collaborative solutions for fostering change in the community. Culminating project advocating for local change and action with global implication. One or more sections may be offered in any online format. 

  READ 326 - Undocumented Youth in Education (3) GE Category D.1

The first class at CSUF to focus on the undocumented youth experience and activism. Explore experiences of undocumented youth in pre-K to college,  analyzing literacy instruction in order to properly serve this student population in schools and universities. Service-learning component. 

  READ 340 - Promoting Early Language and Literacy Development in Diverse Children (3) 

Learn how to foster early literacy development among students with diverse, intersecting social identities by enrolling in READ 340. In this course, we will explore theories of language and literacy development, examine research-based approaches to teaching reading, and analyze ways to engage in culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy that promotes family literacy and learning. READ 340 offers a theory-to-practice approach that sets the stage for multi-subject credentialing, as well as CSET and RICA preparation. This undergraduate course serves as an elective Child and Adolescent Studies majors; it is not available for graduate credit. One or more sections may be offered in any online format. 

  READ 360 - Literacy Education for Social Change (3) 

Learn about western and colonial influences in our education system. Explore and practice qualitative inquiry through fieldwork. Research and assess educational programs available in our local communities. Course is designed for those who plan to work with children and the community.  Fieldwork component. 

READ 440A - Global Literacies (3)

Literacy experiences of linguistically, racially and culturally minoritized students around the globe and how structural inequalities within education help to understand the relationship between school, nationalism and identity. Draw implications as to how to teach literacy with a global perspective. Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. Category D.1; or graduate standing.
400-level Undergraduate Course available for Graduate Credit

READ 440B - Global Literacies (3) Spanish

Literacy experiences of linguistically, racially and culturally minoritized students around the globe and how structural inequalities within education help to understand the relationship between school, nationalism and identity. Draw implications as to how to teach literacy with a global perspective.Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: Completion of G.E. Category D.1; or graduate standing.400-level Undergraduate Course available for Graduate Credit
Department Consent Required