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