Department of English
Lisa Weston, Chair
Peters Business Building, Room 382
Degrees and Programs Offered
BA in English - English Major Option, B.A.
BA in English - English Education Option, B.A.
CERT in Composition, Certificate of Adv. Study
CRED in Single Subject Credential - English
MA in English - Literature Option, M.A.
MA in English-Literature & Composition Theory Option, M.A.
MA in English-Rhetoric and Writing Studies Option, M.A.
MFA in Creative Writing, M.F.A.
MN in English, Minor
MN in Creative Writing, Minor
English is a general major or minor designed to give proficiency in skills that traditionally have been among the most highly prized by society: an ability to read with comprehension and critical judgment; to communicate accurately and clearly both orally and in writing; to grasp difficult ideas and think logically; to do research and organize materials; to make ethical and moral judgments from an historical and humanistic framework; and to appreciate literature and the arts.
The core of the English major consists of four basic kinds of courses in the upper division: literary history courses, literary genre courses, literacy seminars, and writing courses. The masterpiece courses apply to the minor and may meet General Education requirements. The department also offers courses in mythology and folklore, methods of research, film, and women's studies.
The Subject Matter Program for teaching credential candidates contains a number of specific prerequisites and special required courses, some of which are outside the Department of English. For specific program requirements, consult with the credential adviser each semester.
Please note: The Composition Theory Option has been suspended as of May 2015.
Students in many vocational fields often realize that special skill in writing may be of great use in their future work -- and such skill can best be obtained through an English minor. The English Minor requires 20 units above ENGL 5B or 10, at least 12 of which must be upper division, and 4 of these units must be from 189 or 193T/194T. ENGL 160W does not apply to the English Minor. Courses taken as CR/NC may not apply to the minor with the exception of 4 units total of 175T and 186.
Note: The English Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
The English Department consists of 24 full-time faculty whose teaching fields cover every area of literary studies and the humanities, including film and folklore. Most of the faculty have published books, textbooks, and articles in their disciplines, five have received outstanding teaching awards at the university, and one has received an outstanding teaching award for the entire CSU system. In addition, the faculty includes a number of lecturers, part-time instructors and teaching assistants, and the department operates an English writing lab staffed by tutors trained to work with students on an individual basis.
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For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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