Department Chair

Dr. Lisa Weston

Administrative Staff

Lisa Galvez

Jefferson Beavers

Student Assistant

Alicia Everett


Department of English
Fresno State
5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB-98
Fresno, CA 93740


Call - 559.278.2553
Fax - 559.278.7143


Peters Business Building
Room 382


Welcome to the Department of English

Students who study English and Creative Writing at Fresno State explore the power of language and literature around the world. They learn to write well for a variety of purposes and they engage a wide range of texts, from Shakespeare to graphic novels. Class sizes are small. We believe the best English classrooms are communities in which students and teachers work together to analyze, apply, and construct meaning. Every year faculty design courses in response to changes in the field and student interests.


Young Writers' Conference

Each spring, the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program host the Young Writers' Conference for area high school students. With support from the College of Arts and Humanities and more than a dozen campus and community sponsors, the conference celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2015.


Technology in English 


In the Fall 2014, Dr. John Beynon redesigned his British Literature class through the new DISCOVERe tablet initiative. Dr. Beynon and his students used tablets and electronic texts to explore, discuss, and write about literature together. More faculty in our department are getting involved every semester in the University's technology initiatives.


Programs in English

Students discussing text in class

But — what can you DO with an English degree? What can’t you do? With honed communication skills and an eye for analysis, English graduates gain an edge in many fields. They become counselors, teachers, lawyers, technical writers, editors, filmmakers, business owners, policy analysts, and even doctors.

The department offers undergraduate majors in English and English Education and minors in English and Creative Writing.

At the graduate level, the Department offers a Teaching Credential Program, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, a Master of Arts degree with options in Literature and Composition Theory, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Composition, and a Certificate of Special Study in Creative Writing.