CSULA Department of English | Department Information

The Department of English at the California State University, Los Angeles is one of the fastest growing English departments in the California State University system. Award winning teachers, writers, and scholars offer a comprehensive English studies program built around small classes, engaged critical reading, thinking and discussion, and intensive analytical and creative writing.

The English Department at Cal State L.A. offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. These programs encourage students to develop their minds, imaginations, and skills through the study of literature and other forms of written communication. The department offers a broad spectrum of courses ranging from the traditional areas of British and American literature to such subjects as world literature in translation, ethnic literature of the U.S., women writers, folklore, children’s literature, creative writing, critical theory, history and structure of the English language, film, and many levels of composition.

Majoring in English offers students many advantages for both intellectual and personal development and provides a solid preparation for a number of careers. Most directly, a bachelor’s degree in English, Single Subject Teaching option, with the required professional training in education, qualifies the individual to teach English in secondary schools. But teaching is only one of the many professions that welcome the English major. The discipline requires and helps develop solid reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Literary study provides the complex understanding of human experience that is essential for success in many fields. Many graduates in English enter law schools, medical schools, business administration, and civil service at all levels of government. There are opportunities in insurance, publishing, space industries, foundations, public utilities, personnel relations, banks, advertising, and the print media.

The Master of Arts degree in English provides opportunities for advanced study in literature, criticism, language, creative writing, and composition and rhetoric. The program is offered with three options. The General option is designed for students planning to teach in a community college or to enter a doctoral program. The Creative Writing option is designed for students seeking to develop their skills as creative writers, to teach creative writing, or to pursue careers in the media or other areas where a combination of creative ability, communication skills, and critical faculties may be particularly valuable. The Composition, Rhetoric, and Language option is designed for students planning to teach writing at the school, community college, or university level, to work as professional writing consultants, or to enter doctoral programs.