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Program Learning Objectives

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explicate texts from a diverse range of traditions, including texts from historically underrepresented groups.
  2. Analyze how power structures and cultural practices shape textual production and reception.
  3. Critique and produce texts that account for the rhetorical relationships among audience, writer, text, genre, and discourse.
  4. Write clearly and effectively in a variety of genres and media.
  5. Successfully incorporate scholarly research into papers.
  6. Identify and define an array of historical and critical literary, rhetorical, and linguistic terms and categories.

Learning Goals

  1. Understand how texts reflect, critique, and produce culture and power structures.
  2. Pursue deeper knowledge of particular authors and works, including those from underrepresented groups.
  3. Explore the ways identities and affiliations shape texts and traditions.
  4. Understand the structure of language and how language varies over time, across social situations and social groups.
  5. Participate in face-to-face exchanges of ideas with faculty, fellow students, and authors in the classroom and other academic or social settings.
  6. Participate in small seminars where ideas are tested and sharpened.
  7. Cultivate relational thinking that encourages students to make connections between the arts and humanities and other fields of study.
  8. Sustain a life-long engagement and involvement in aesthetic, cultural, and intellectual matters, including social and political issues.
  9. Draw upon multiple literacies to interpret literary, visual, and cultural texts.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

ENGL 202Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 203Sequence I: Fifth Century to Fifteenth Century4
ENGL 204Sequence II: Sixteenth Century to Late Seventeenth Century4
ENGL 205Sequence III: Mid-Seventeenth to Late Eighteenth Century4
ENGL 220Introduction to Writing Studies4
or ENGL 221 Introduction to Technical and Professional Communication
ENGL/HNRS 251Introduction to Classical Literature (C1) 14
ENGL 290Introduction to Linguistics4
ENGL 303Sequence IV: Late Eighteenth to Mid-Nineteenth Century4
ENGL 304Sequence V: Mid-Nineteenth Century to Late Nineteenth Century4
ENGL 305Sequence VI: Late Nineteenth to Mid-Twentieth Century4
ENGL 306Sequence VII: Mid-Twentieth Century to Present4
Select from the following:4
Women Writers of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (C4) (USCP) 1
Ethnic American Literature (C4) (USCP) 1
African American Literature (C4) (USCP) 1
Asian American Literature (C4) (USCP) 1
Gender in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature (C4) (USCP) 1
Diversity in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature (C4) (USCP) 1
LGBT Literature and Media (C4) (USCP) 1
ENGL 300-level elective4
ENGL 300-level Non-literature Elective, select from the following:4
Corporate Communication
Advanced Rhetorical Inquiry and Composing
Translingual Rhetorical Inquiry and Writing
Technical Editing
Information Design and Production
Reading Instruction for the Teaching of Young Adult Literature
Theory and Practice of Peer-to-Peer Writing Instruction
World Cinema
Film Styles and Genres
Film Directors
Topics on Gender Representations in Film
Fiction Writing
Poetry Writing
The Linguistic Structure of Modern English
Topics in Applied Linguistics
History of the English Language
ENGL 400-level Diversity Elective, select from the following:4
Topics in British Literature (Topic: Gender in Medieval Literature)
Topics in American Literature (Topic: Mixed-Race Subjects in the US Literary Imagination)
ENGL 400-level Electives (see Optional Creative Writing Emphasis, below) 220
ENGL 461Senior Project4
Foreign language at the Intermediate Level
Select from the following: 34
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
Intermediate Italian I
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Arts and Humanities Breadth:
GE Area C4 course not in ENGL4
(See GE program requirements below.)64
Free Electives24
Total units180

Optional Creative Writing Emphasis

Students interested in creative writing may use 16 of their upper-division ENGL units and their senior project to pursue a fiction- or poetry-writing emphasis. Examples are:

Fiction Writing Emphasis:
Fiction Writing (4)
Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction (4, 4)
400-level ENGL literature course in modern or contemporary fiction (4)
Senior Project (4)
Poetry Writing Emphasis:
Poetry Writing (4)
Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry (4, 4)
400-level ENGL literature course in modern or contemporary poetry (4)
Senior Project (4)

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 8 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature (4 units in Major) 10
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective (4 units in Major) 10
Area D Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units64