Department Chair

Dr. Lisa Weston

Administrative Staff

Lisa Galvez

Jefferson Beavers


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

559.278.2553 - Phone
559.278.7143 - Fax

Office Location:

Peters Business Building, Room 382

Department Publications

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Flies, Cockroaches, and Poets, a publication of the

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Phil LevinePhilip Levine, 1928-2015

The Creative Writing Program, the Department of English, and the College of Arts and Humanities would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of responses upon the passing of our friend and colleague, Phil Levine. Mr. Levine died Feb. 14 at the age of 87. No funeral services have been announced.

Dr. José A. Díaz, interim dean of the College, asks for continued patience and privacy for the Levine family and close friends. Dr. Díaz says the college would be honored to pay public tribute to Mr. Levine in the future, if the Levine family so chooses.

Read the University's updated news release.



Technology in English

Check out Dr. Beynon's  tablet class on British Literature




Friday, Feb. 27  – The Normal School magazine release
7pm, Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191)
Featuring John Hampsey and Victoria Chang

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6th Annual Undergraduate Conference 

Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas (UCMLA)
March 13, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Manuel Munoz



Students who study English at Fresno State explore the power of language and literature around the world. They learn to write well for a variety of purposes and 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. and changes in the  analyze, apply, and construct meaning. Every year, Recent topics include Literature of the Central ValleyMultiethnic MemoirVictorian Children's Literature and Sports Writing.

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.

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