Department of English Language & Literature

The Department of English serves a diverse population on a flagship CSU campus that reflects the racial, cultural and linguistic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Why Study English at SF State?

The Department of English consists of vibrant and interdisciplinary programs to study communicative practices of cultures and writers all over the world. We have a robust and talented faculty who engage with our undergraduate and graduate students and offer advising.

Our courses, whether on major literary authors or in fields such as Digital Humanities and World English(es), reflect our commitment to the study of English in global contexts. 

Our student-centered classrooms offer opportunities to use multiple technologies, modalities, genres, and theoretical frameworks to read critically the word and the world around us, with an eye toward writing the future. We offer many resources for our students including scholarships, student organizations, publications and recent graduate testimonials, just to name a few.

For Graduates of Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023

Graduation is quickly approaching! We will hold an English Department Graduation Ceremony on Monday, May 22, 2023, and you are invited! Link to more information about the May 22 graduation.

Join us for the 12th Bi-annual English Department Graduate Student Conference on Friday, May 5!

Join us for the 12th Bi-annual English Department Graduate Student Conference! Each semester, our department hosts this event to showcase the work of our MA students, representing the disciplines in our MA programs: MA English (Composition, Linguistics, and TESOL) and MA in English Literatures.  This semester’s conference will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023.  This spring we return to a fully in-person program. See the full schedule on the conference website.

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Featured Videos

Graduation Speaker - Courtney Sadowski

Graduation Intro - Gitanjali Shahani

Graduation Speaker - Satomi Abe