English Department

English Department

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Important Announcement

We are still accepting applications for fall to the M.A. programs in English Literature; English Literature with an emphasis on Rhetoric and Composition; and English: Teaching English as a Second Language. To apply, go to Cal State Apply. The deadline is July 15, 2021.

For more information, please see the Graduate Programs pages in the dropdown menu to the left. You also may contact Dr. Lee at jlee@csudh.edu for information on the M.A. in Literature and the M.A. in Literature with an emphasis on Rhetoric and Composition, or contact Dr. Mantenuto at imantenuto@csudh.edu for information on the M.A. in English: Teaching English as a Second Language.

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.

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:

Faculty and staff will be continuing to work remotely through the fall semester. 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:


All students should seek advising at least once during the semester, especially those who anticipate graduating soon. All tenured and tenure-track faculty do advising, so one of the instructors for your upper division major classes should be able to help you (with a few exceptions). The following information may help:
  • English Literature Majors or Minors: Please contact your 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. Huth (khuth@csudh.edu) and she will assist you.
  • English Education Majors: General advising can be done by all tenure and tenure-track faculty (see the information for English Literature majors). For those of you seeking subject matter certification, Dr. Hernandez (rhernandez@csudh.edu) will accept portfolios and reflective essays via email, conduct interviews, and make sure the certification paperwork is completed. The portfolio should consist of three to five essays, exams, or projects from your coursework and indicate what you have learned in the program. The reflective essays should be approximately 3-4 pages and should discuss what the portfolio shows and reflect upon your time in the English program at Dominguez Hills.
  • Language and Linguistic Majors or Minors: Please contact Dr. Zoerner (ezoerner@csudh.edu) with any advising questions or concerns.
  • M.A. Literature & Rhet/Comp: Please contact Dr. Lee (jlee@csudh.edu) with any questions for concerns. Comprehensive Exams will take place via email on November 2 and 4.
  • M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL): Please contact Dr. Wenzell at (vwenzell@csudh.edu) with any questions.

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

Debra Best, Department Chair


August 27, 2020

Adding an English Class once the Semester Begins

Once the semester starts, you will need a permission number from the instructor to register for a class. Almost all English classes are full, and most instructors will not be able to add any students to their classes. However, if you want to try, here’s what you need to do:
  • Click here to see the entire list of English classes and the instructors teaching them.
  • Click here to find the e-mail address of the instructor you need to contact or by going to the Contact Us page.
  • Send an e-mail to the instructor to request a permission number. Make sure that you specify which class and section number you hope to get. Please also include your name and student ID number.

Please accept our apologies for the fact that we will not be able to accommodate most requests.

English Graduate Programs Accepting Applications for Spring until November 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. Spring course formats have yet to be determined.

For more information, please go check out Graduate Programs page