CSULA Department of English | Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

On behalf of the Department of English, welcome. The Department of English at Cal State L.A. is dedicated to helping its students achieve their academic goals in a wide variety of areas. With an average full-time faculty of 25, the Department serves approximately 200 graduate and 350 undergraduate students. Our strengths include all the major periods of British and American literature, as well as world literature and post-colonial literature, creative writing, folklore, linguistics, rhetoric, film and literature, and drama. We help prepare students to enter doctoral programs and to become teachers, writers, and reflective thinkers. Our faculty have all published impressively in their fields and are genuinely committed to teaching, to guiding and inspiring students in the classroom or through directed study.

The Department offers scholarships for our top students and has a very successful Teaching Associate program for our qualified graduate students. Teaching Associates benefit from mentoring by senior faculty and enjoy the opportunity to teach classes of their own for up to six quarters.

Alumni of our program have won many prestigious awards and are highly regarded in the professions they have chosen. Some names you may recognize are poet and Brown University Professor Michael S. Harper, Mary McCarthy Prize winner Brian Leung, and authors Joseph Wambaugh and Miriam Bat-Ami.

Activities for students sponsored by the Department include the student club Utopia and the student magazine Statement, devoted primarily to creative writing, but occasionally including critical essays. The Department sponsors as well an annual graduate conference for the California State University system that attracts over 100 participants from all over the state and that publishes its proceedings in an annual volume.

Our average class size is between 30 and 40 in major classes, and under 30 in writing intensive classes and seminars. This allows for personalized instruction in all classes, which supports the Department's mission to develop the critical and expressive abilities of every student.

We welcome your interest in our department and look forward to the opportunity to help you in achieving your goals. We are located on the top floor of the E&T building, which is on the east side of the campus. I invite you to stop by our office to say hello, ask questions, and pick up our available program and course descriptions. You can also call (323) 343-4140 or email our Advisement Secretary, Ms. Terry Flores at tflores@calstatela.edu, and she will answer your questions or forward them to the appropriate advisor or to the Department Chair.

Steven Jones