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2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog 
2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog

English, BA

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English Majors concentrating in English and American Literature will focus on literary analysis and literary criticism, becoming familiar with traditional and emerging texts from a variety of literatures. Students in the Literature concentration become sharp readers and perceptive interpreters of complicated ideas in preparation for a wide variety of future paths. The Literature concentration emphasizes rigorous analysis and interpretation, wide-ranging reading, and enjoyable encounters with a variety of challenging novels, plays, essays, and poems, as well as film and other media. The Literature concentration builds skills of argumentation, communication, and research and familiarizes students with important texts, influential ideas, and a range of historical and cultural information.

Students concentrating on Creative Writing will take sequences of courses in fiction writing, poetry writing, screen and script writing, and nonfiction writing.  Creative writing is offered in the English Department through both undergraduate and graduate degrees. A master of arts in English with a creative thesis option is available as a 34-unit program, and the bachelor of arts in English with a creative writing emphasis is a 48-unit program.

Students concentrating in the English Education take a program of study that satisfies the subject matter preparation requirement for entry into an English teaching credential program and exempts the student from taking the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers)in English. English majors interested in seeking a general elementary credential may demonstrate subject matter competence by pass-ing the CSET Multiple Subjects Assessment. For more information, contact the English Department Office at (707) 664-2140.

Degree Requirements

See the “Degree Requirements ” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

General Education Requirements (48 units)

See the “General Education ” requirements in the University Catalog for information on General Education requirements. Some major requirements may double count for GE requirements.


Note: English majors must choose one of three concentrations:​​​​​​​

Creative Writing (19-20 units)

Literature (19-20 units)


Total GE units: 48

Total units in the Major Core: 27

Total units in the Concentrations: 19-24 (depending on concentration and includes 3 units for GE in the Creative Writing concentration)

Total units in Electives: 22-29

Total units required for graduation: 120

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