Welcome to the English Department!

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Message From the Chair

Timothy Chin, Ph.D.Thank you for visiting the English Department web page.  If you follow the links at the right of this message, you will find information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, our faculty, our mission, and how to contact us.  Graduate students will find essential information about the comprehensive exams and other requirements of the M.A. program in the Graduate Student Handbook.  Links at the bottom of the page will provide information about how to apply to CSUDH and lead you to the online version of our beautiful student-run literary magazine, Enjambed.  As informative as it is, the web site affords but a quick glimpse of the vibrant programs in literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and TESL that the English Department offers.  We hope you will visit our office in LaCorte Hall to learn more about the rich array of classes that we offer, meet our knowledgeable and supportive faculty, and experience our friendly and helpful staff.  If you have any suggestions about how to improve this web site, please feel free to let us know at:


Again, thank you for your interest. We look forward to working with you.

Dr. Timothy Chin
Chair, English Department

Announcements/ Links 

CONGRATULATIONS To Our Award Winners in the English Dept!!

2017 President Award for Outstanding Student

Livia Bongiovanni

Humanities and Letters I
1st Place:  Paloma Duran 
Faculty Mentor: Vanessa Wenzell, English
2nd Place: Kimberly Miller
Faculty Mentor: Ed Zoerner, English
Humanities and Letters III
1st Place: Livia Bongiovanni
Faculty Mentor: Jane Lee, English

Announcing the Doris I. Walker Trailblazer Scholarship for Graduate Students.

Follow the link to find out more information on this funding opportunity. 

Submit Your Application for: 

M.A. in English: Literature
M.A. in English: Literature: Rhetoric and Composition
M.A. in English: TESL

Admissions applications can be submitted online through Cal State Apply http://www.CalState.edu/Apply 

For more  information on the programs, contact Dr. Best  dbest@csudh.edu for Literature or
Dr. Wenzell  vwenzell@csudh.edu for TESL.


"The English faculty at CSUDH set an example of conscientious scholarship, compassionate teaching, and collegiality that prepared me well for the rigors of a PhD program. Starting a doctoral program with my Master's degree from CSUDH also gave me the confidence to succeed in my research and also to apply for, and ultimately win, fellowships such as the Bancroft Library Study Award at UC Berkeley and as a finalist for the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship. Soon I will be starting a new position as an assistant professor of multi-ethnic literature at California State University, Sacramento. I can honestly say that the individual attention, genuine encouragement, and intellectual mentoring I received at CSUDH gave me the confidence to pursue and attain my dreams."
~ Hellen Lee, May 1999

"My tenure as a student in the English Master's program at CSUDH was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The faculty really care - about their discipline and about their students - and the positive, nurturing atmosphere engendered in me the belief that my ideas were valuable, that I could make a difference, that I could become a teacher. The benefits of the program are not only material; while I have been working steadily in the community college system since receiving my degree, and realized my dream of publishing a novel, I continue to reap the intangible remards of mentorship, friendship and collegial support, and this has kept me going through the inevitable touch times." - Alex S. Johnson, M.A. 2005

"I originally chose CSUDH because of evening classes and the convenient location. However, after graduation, what continues to stand out is the passion and professionalism of several marvelous professors. Their willingness to share their academic expertise inspired me to learn and grow both inside and outside of the classroom. I finished the program with greater confidence in my ability to write, new skills for teaching, and a broadened understanding of both history and theory. This has led to a transformation of my professional life. I have started teaching at the college level where I enjoy the opportunity to share what I learned with a variety of students in both Composition and Literature classes." - Susan Garman, M.A. - 2006