About Us


The English B.A. is comprised of four concentrations: English Education, Linguistics, Literature, Professional Writing & Rhetoric, and three minors in Literature, Linguistics and Professional Writing & Rhetoric. We also offer two M.A. programs, one in English Literatures and three concentrations in English: Composition, Linguistics and TESOL. Additionally, we have two undergraduate certificate programs in Computational Linguistics and Technical & Professional Writing as well as three graduate certificate programs in the Teaching of Composition, Teaching Post-Secondary Reading and in Immigrant Literacies.

To learn more about our department, we invite you to hear from our current and former students. You can read their stories on the Alumni Trailblazers page. Also, be sure to click on our Spotlights for more in-depth profiles of our featured student, faculty member and faculty publication.

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Mission Statement

The Department of English consists of vibrant and interdisciplinary programs to study communicative practices of cultures and writers all over the world. 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.

By gaining self-reliance, empathy and intellectual focus, our students go on to become teachers, writers, entrepreneurs, publishers, content designers, attorneys and activists, exciting careers that draw on their analytic skills and their humanistic values.  In addition to shepherding the next generation of critical thinkers into diverse career paths, the Department of English also creates exponential change by preparing engaged and effective educators for tomorrow’s diverse classrooms.

What if...

What if you could be globally engaged through the study of diverse texts and language practices? What if you could be in classes that combine analysis and imagination? What if your education could be a collaborative intellectual experience?

Students who major in English have the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty who are actively engaged in research, who have published with major presses and journals, and who are the recipients of prestigious awards and grants.

The Department of English serve 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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