English - Literature Option, B.A.



Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

English Major - Literature Option

Note: This option is pending Chancellor's Office review.

Each student seeking a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English must fulfill the lower-division core, upper-division core, and all requirements listed under the English major degree option. Students also must fulfill the university's General Education requirements (49 units). The English Department requires two college-level courses in the same foreign language for all English major degree options.

1. Major requirements (48 units)

Lower-division core (8 units)
Select one: ENGL 21, ENGL 70
Select one: ENGL 30, 31, 32

Upper-division core (20 units)
ENGL 105
Diversity course (select one): ENGL 112, 113, 114, 141, 142, 143, 144, 173, 178, or 179
Elective (select any upper-division English course)
ENGL 193T or 194T
ENGL 195 (4 units) or 196 (4 units)

Literature Option (20 units)
Literature up to 1700 course (select one): ENGL 112, 113, 146, or 147
Literature 1700 - 1900 course (select one): ENGL 150, 151, 152, 153, or 154
Literature 1900 - present course (select one): ENGL 155 or 156
ENGL 169T or ENGL 187 or ENGL 189 (4 units)
ENGL 181

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.


Advising Notes

  1. A single course may fulfill the requirement in more than one of the above content categories, with approval of the program advisor, but will not reduce the number of total units required for the major.
  2. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the English major with the exception of 4 units total of ENGL 175T and 186.
  3. General Education and elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see double major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
  4. English majors considering eventual graduate degrees should consult the graduate advisor.


The English Department consists of 26 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.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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