Department of English

  • MA students celebrating their graduation.
    MA students celebrating their graduation.
    MA students celebrating their graduation.
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    English students install the WordsUncaged prison exhibit.
    English students install the WordsUncaged prison exhibit.
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    English students at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference, Riverside, CA.
    English students at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference, Riverside, CA.
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    Student research led to this exhibition on the poet Thomas McGrath, who taught in the department in the 1950s.
    Student research led to this exhibition on the poet Thomas McGrath, who taught in the department in the 1950s.
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    WordsUncaged at Los Angeles County Prison, Lancaster.
    WordsUncaged at Los Angeles County Prison, Lancaster.
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    Our graduates go on to doctoral programs, professional schools, and a wide array of employers.
    Our graduates go on to doctoral programs, professional schools, and a wide array of employers.
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    Student-led community storytelling project in East Los Angeles.
    Student-led community storytelling project in East Los Angeles.
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    Professor of English Jun Liu.
    Professor of English Jun Liu.
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    English alumnus David Pacheco leads his band, Thee Commons, in an on-campus performance.
    English alumnus David Pacheco leads his band, Thee Commons, in an on-campus performance.
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    During the 1960s, Christopher Isherwood taught in our department, and used Calstate LA for the setting of his novel, A Single Man.
    During the 1960s, Christopher Isherwood taught in our department, and used Calstate LA for the setting of his novel, A Single Man.

Diverse.  Critical.  Creative.  Engaged. The English Department at California State University, Los Angeles, cultivates students’ imaginations and critical skills through the intensive study of literature and language. Offering programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts degrees, the department provides courses that build on the traditional study of British and American literary history while encouraging students to further explore literary theory and criticism, world literatures and transnational critical paradigms, children’s literature, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, interdisciplinary cultural analysis, and the history and structure of the English language.  Drawing on the richness of L.A.’s geographical and cultural context, the department equips students to see the study of literature and language as both personally enriching and publicly meaningful within their own communities. Those communities may be defined through the department’s direct engagement with the neighborhoods of East L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley or regarded as a global terrain, in which Oxford connects to Oaxaca and where ideas resonate from ancient Greece and Rome to the contemporary Pacific Rim. These broad horizons signal a commitment to both the mastery of literary traditions and the development of new kinds of knowledge, both local and global.

Study in English provokes intellectual and personal development while providing effective preparation for a number of careers. Graduates of Cal State LA’s M.A. program in English regularly gain acceptance to the top doctoral programs in the country; the department’s undergraduate Single Subject Credential option and emphasis on pedagogy help to prepare students for careers in education. Teaching, however, is only one of the many professions open to English majors; the department’s commitment to providing students with rigorous training in close reading, research, writing, and critical thinking skills makes graduates attractive to professional schools and a wide array of employers in the legal profession, business, civil service, the non-profit sector, the entertainment industry, and other venues. Whatever their vocation, English majors possess not only practical abilities but also a subtle understanding of the varied ways in which human beings search for meaning and strive to express the complexity of individual and communal experience.

The Faculty

Professors: Mary Bucci Bush, Michael A. Calabrese, Hema Chari, Maria Karafilis, Andrew Knighton (Chair), Jun Liu, Caroline H. McManus, Lauri Ramey, Alison Taufer.

Associate Professors: Robert Benjamin Bateman, Linda M. Greenberg, Christopher S. Harris, Atef Laouyene, Bidhan Roy, Aaron H. Sonnenschein.

Assistant Professors: Nicole Horejsi, Kathryn Perry.

Emeriti: Betty Bamberg, Sharon Bassett, Alfred Bendixen, Peter A. Brier, Roberto Cantú, John L. Cleman, Saralyn R. Daly, Melvin Donalson, Marilyn R. Elkins, Rosemary L. Hake, Martin Huld, Steven S. Jones, Barry Munitz, Elaine Osio, Thomas H. Peterson, Vilma Potter, Ruben Quintero, Sidney Richman, Alice M. Roy, Carl M. Selkin, Timothy Steele, Gaby Stuart, John H. Weston.

The English Department

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Main Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm, Friday: 8am - 5pm
Chair:  Andrew Knighton  Associate Chair: Bidhan Chandra Roy

 

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