English Studies Program
Students who study English at Fresno State explore the power of language and literature around the world. They learn to read thoughtfully and write well for a variety of purposes. 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. Recent topics include Literature of the Central Valley, Multiethnic Memoir, Victorian Children's Literature,Teaching the Graphic Novel and Sports Writing.
See catalog listings of major and minor requirements.
For questions about how to declare a major or minor in English Studies, go to our student advising page.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: But — what can you DO with an English degree?
A: 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.
Q: What is the difference between the English Studies major and the English Education major?
A: In both majors, students take core courses in literature and textual analysis. Both learn to engage a wide range of authors, periods, and genres of literature deeply and skillfully. English Studies majors extend this study of literature with additional specialized literary coursework. English Education majors take courses that explore educational contexts for the language arts, including issues in literacy, society, and communication.
Technology in English
In Fall 2014, Dr. John Beynon redesigned his British Literature class through the Fresno State DISCOVERe tablet program. Dr. Beynon and his students used tablets and electronic texts to explore, discuss, and write about literature together. More and more faculty in our department are getting involved every semester in the University's technology initiatives.