Department Chair

Lisa Weston Ph.D

Department Administrative Coordinator

Liliana Suzuki

Address

5245 N. Backer Ave.
M/S PB98
Fresno, CA 93740

Phone

559.278.2553 - Phone
559.278.7143 - Fax

Location

Peters Business Building
Third Floor
Room 382

 

Welcome! (Or, who is Beowulf to me?)Students discussing text in class

Students who major or minor in English at Fresno State engage deeply and enthusiastically with a wide range of texts, from Shakespeare to graphic novels. They learn to write well for a variety of purposes. They explore the power of language and literature around the world.

Class sizes are small. We believe that the best English classrooms are communities in which teachers and students work together to construct, apply, and analyze meaning. Every year, faculty design undergraduate and graduate seminar courses in response to student interests and changes in the field. Recent topics have included Literature of the Central ValleyMultiethnic Memoir, Victorian Children's Writing and Sports Writing.

But — what can you DO with an English Major? The easier question is: 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, policy analysts, and even doctors.

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

For graduate study, 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.