English Department

Department of English Statement of Solidarity

We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, students, and staff, with the protesters in the ongoing fight for Black liberation, and with all of those who continue to call for equity and justice in our classrooms, schools, communities, and country. As educators dedicated to the study of English, rhetoric, and the humanities, we aim to identify, examine, and dismantle the systems of oppressions that perpetuate white supremacy in our academic programs and the society at large. We aim to affirm the principle that Black lives matter in the content and shape of our curriculum and in our pedagogical practice. We pledge to hold ourselves accountable for this on-going anti-racist work and to partner with students, staff, and faculty across campus in order to achieve these aims.


English Department updates regarding COVID-19

June 15, 2020

English Graduate Programs Accepting Applications until July 15

M.A. English Literature
M.A. English Literature: Rhetoric and Composition
M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
Evening Classes for Working Adults!
Small Classes and Seminars!
On-line this Fall, some with synchronous Zoom discussions and some with traditional on-line asynchronous formats.
For more information, please go check out Graduate Programs page

May 1, 2020

Hello! Thank you for visiting the English department webpage. As you know, the COVID-19 situation has brought on many rapid changes. However, our desire to promote student learning and success has not changed! Please take a moment to read the following information items:

The English Department Office:

As of March 17, faculty and staff have been asked to work remotely. This means that the English department office will be closed. Because of this, phone calls do not give you the most effective way of contacting us; if you do need to call, though, the number is (310) 243-3222.

Contact Information:

Generally speaking, e-mail gives you the best way to contact us. Of course, if you have a question regarding your English class, you should contact your instructor directly. If you want more general information and want to e-mail the department, it’s a good idea to include both of our secretaries and the department chair and/or the associate chair:

One of us will get back to you as soon as we can.

Summer Classes:

The English department has classes this summer both for General Education and the English major. These classes will run online. Please contact Dr. Zoerner at ezoerner@csudh.edu if you have questions about summer sessions.

Fall Classes:

Registration has begun for fall semester classes. Some classes fill quickly, so please consult with an advisor and register as soon as your registration date arrives.


We will of course continue to advise students as best we can. All students should seek advising at least once during the semester, especially those who anticipate graduating soon. The following information may help:
  • English Education Majors: For those of you seeking subject matter certification, Dr. Best is still accepting portfolios, and your interviews can be done remotely. The paperwork for your certification, however, will most likely be done after this crisis is over, since it requires wet signatures and a typed form. Please contact Dr. Best with any questions or issues.
  • English Literature Majors or Minors: Please contact your faculty advisor via email (all tenure and tenure-track faculty do advising). We can do grad checks and tell you what major classes you need over email. If you have any problems contacting an advisor, or if you have concerns or issues about graduating on time, please contact Dr. Best, Dr. Huth, or Dr. Zoerner, and they will assist you.
  • Language and Linguistic Majors or Minors: Please contact Dr. Zoerner with any advising questions or concerns.

We thank you for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to serving you.

Ed Zoerner, Department Chair

Toro Alerts

For more information about the university's response to COVID, go to the Toro Alerts page or click the links below: