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What will I learn?

Study in the Department of English leads to an understanding and appreciation of British, American and other literatures in English, and of the English language, its aesthetic and functional properties, its uses, and the methods by which impressions and ideas are articulated and communicated.

The BA in English emphasizes in-depth study of the nature of the English language, the British, American and other literary traditions, creative writing, and critical approaches to literature. The Department of English offers a BA in English with two emphases: The English Major in Language and Literature (EMLL) and the English Major with Credential Emphasis (EMCE). The EMLL program offers both breadth and flexibility in preparation for diverse career opportunities, while the EMCE provides subject matter preparation for prospective English Language Arts teachers.

The department also offers a minor in English Literature, a minor in Linguistics, and a minor in Children’s Literature. In addition, the department has two post-baccalaureate certificates, in Writing and in Children’s Literature.

Program Goals and Objectives

Linguistics (EMLL and EMCE)
Linguistic Description: Students will be able to describe the grammar of English.

Composition (EMLL and EMCE)
Writing Conventions: Students will be able to compose texts that conform to the conventions of a particular genre as well as the rules of standard written English.
Expository Writing: Students will be able to compose expository essays that demonstrate cohesion and clarity.

Literature (EMLL and EMCE)
Literary Analysis: Students will be able to analyze literary texts using evidence from the primary texts themselves.
Applying Critical Theory: Students will be able to apply specific critical approaches to literary works.
Researching Criticism: Students will be able to survey the existing criticism on any literary text.
Creative Writing: Students will be able to compose poetry, fiction, or drama.

Pedagogy (EMCE only)
Theoretical Foundations: Students will be able to describe theoretical foundations essential to teaching and learning in the high school English Language Arts classroom.
Pedagogical Skills: Students will be able to assess pedagogical skills essential to teaching and learning in the high school English Language Arts classroom.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,112.00 per year
Full‐Time Students w/24 units
Start date

23 January 2023


School of Arts and Humanities

9001 Stockdale Highway,



93311, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

High school graduate (with supporting transcripts)

Minimum GPA: 2.5 high school (4.0 scale, first-time students)

Submission of one of the following:

TOEFL: Minimum score of 61 iBT

IELTS: Minimum 6.0 Band Score; otherwise, 5.5 Band Score with 5.5 in each section

Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 95

Pearson Test Examination (PTE): Minimum score of 43

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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