CSU Los Angeles has initiated the process of converting from a quarter calendar to a semester calendar. The University intends to offer courses on the semester calendar beginning in Fall 2016.
B.A. in English
The semester-converted undergraduate degree program developed by the English Department combines tradition and innovation. Core classes in traditional and longstanding areas of language, literary, and rhetorical study are combined with contemporary theory and literature to offer students a grounding in literatures and cultures and an introduction to their own times. These core classes are supplemented by elective courses that allow students to deepen their experience in language, literature, rhetoric and culture while exploring special topics that again range from the traditional to the contemporary.
M.A. in English
The graduate program in English was recently modified and has mostly been converted to semesters through simple unit conversion. The only substantive change relates to the culminating activity. The two-unit project (journal article or pedagogic portfolio) has been converted to a three-unit project, and the five-unit thesis has been converted to a six-unit thesis. This change in the number of units associated with the culminating activities reflects common practices at other universities, the actual expectations associated with each activity in relation to course work, and the desire to differentiate clearly between the various activities. The minimum number of units now required for the degree is the same regardless of culminating activity as opposed to the quarter-based program which required additional independent study units to equalize the various paths to degree.
Minors and Certificates
The department offers minors in creative writing and in English. Both minors were converted to semesters through simple unit conversion.
The department hosts an interdisciplinary minor in Comparative and Applied Linguistics and Literacy Studies. This minor was also converted through simple unit conversion, with some additional changes introduced to clarify the arrangement of courses taken to complete the minor.
The department offers one certificate program, a Certificate in the Teaching of Writing. This program was converted through simple unit conversion, with one additional change necessitated by the prior deactivation of one of the required courses.