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Welcome to the English Program

Students who study English at Fresno State explore the power of language, literature, and creative writing 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 ValleyMagical RealismVictorian Children's Literature, Teaching the Graphic Novel, and Arab American Literature.

For students who entered the program Spring 2019 or earlier, see the University catalog archive for requirements.

For students who entered the program starting Fall 2019, see the current university catalog for English - Literature option and English - Creative Writing option to check requirements. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is the difference between the English major and the English Education major?

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.