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Program Learning Objectives

Learning Outcomes

  1. Think critically and creatively about literature and language.
  2. Write clearly and effectively about literature and language in a variety of formats.
  3. Explicate literary texts from the diverse range of works and traditions.
  4. Incorporate scholarly research into papers.
  5. Understand a wide range of historical and critical literary and linguistic terms and categories.

Learning Goals

  1. Understand how literary texts reflect, critique, and produce culture.
  2. Pursue deeper knowledge of particular authors and works.
  3. Understand the structure of language and how language varies over time, across social situations and social groups.
  4. Participate in face-to-face exchanges of ideas with faculty, fellow students, and authors in the classroom and other academic or social settings.
  5. Participate in small seminars where ideas are tested and sharpened.
  6. Cultivate relational thinking that encourages students to make connections between the arts and humanities and other fields of study.
  7. Sustain a life-long engagement with and delight in literature, art, and culture.
  8. Perpetuate an interest 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/HNRS 251Great Books I: Introduction to Classical Literature (C1) 14
ENGL 203Core I: 450-14854
ENGL 204Core II: 1485-16604
ENGL 205Core III: 1660-17894
ENGL 290Introduction to Linguistics4
ENGL 303Core IV: 1789-18614
ENGL 304Core V: 1861-19144
ENGL 305Core VI: 1914 - Present4
Select from the following:4
Women Writers of the Twentieth Century (USCP)
Ethnic American Literature (USCP)
African American Literature (USCP)
Gender in Twentieth Century Literature (USCP)
Diversity in Twentieth-Century American Literature (USCP)
LGBT Literature and Media (USCP)
ENGL 300-level electives (see Upper-Division ENGL Units, below)8
ENGL 461Senior Project4
ENGL electives 400-level (see Upper-Division ENGL Units, below) 220
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
(See GE program requirements below.)68
Free Electives36
Total units180

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.


Minimum 12 units in literature.


Student can substitute for this requirement by demonstrating a comparable level of proficiency in a foreign language.

Upper-Division ENGL Units

English majors are encouraged to use their upper-division ENGL electives to pursue their interests, including literature, creative writing, linguistics, and/or rhetoric and writing. Students may choose any 300-level English courses they wish to satisfy the 300-level elective requirement. At the 400-level, students must take a minimum of 12 units of literature courses (430, 431, 432, 439, 449, 459).

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, 4 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 BScience and Mathematics
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature (4 units in major) 10
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective (no ENGL course)4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area FTechnology
FUpper-division elective4
Total units68

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.