English Department

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Updates for Fall 2022 Semester

Application Deadline for the M.A. programs in English

M.A. programs in English Literature are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semester for the following programs:

  • M.A. English Literature
  • M.A. English Literature with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition
  • M.A. English: Teaching English as a Second Language

The main admissions criteria is a 3.0 GPA in your last 60 units of coursework, though we will consider students with a slightly lower GPA if they have mostly As and Bs in their English classes.

To apply, go to Cal State Apply. The deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is Wednesday, June 1. The deadline for Spring 2023 admissions is Tuesday, November 1

General Info for the English Department

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 administrative support coordinators and the department chair and/or the associate chair:


All of our full-time faculty serve as academic advisors for our undergraduate majors. The M.A. program coordinators are the primary advisors for their respective M.A. programs. Go to our Advisement page for a full list.


The English Department offers the following undergraduate programs:

  • Composition program: Writing courses in first year composition, summer bridge, and the GWAR-certifying course
  • B.A. English Literature
  • B.A. English Education
  • B.A. English Language and Linguistics
  • Minor in Creative Writing
  • Minor in English
  • Minor in Language and Linguistics
  • Certificate in Professional and Creative Writing

The English Department Offers the following graduate programs:

  • M.A. English Literature
  • M.A. English Literature with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition
  • M.A. English: Teaching English as a Second Language

For more information, visit the undergraduate program and graduate program pages.

We thank you for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to serving you.
Debra Best, Department Chair

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.