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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 (C2) 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 (Upper-Division C) (USCP): 14
Women Writers of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Ethnic American Literature
African American Literature
Asian American Literature
Gender in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
Diversity in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature
LGBT Literature and Media
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 British Literature (Topic: Jane Austen Fiction and Film)
Topics in American Literature (Topic: American Modernism in Black and White)
Topics in American Literature (Topic: Califia, Delany, & Pornography)
Topics in American Literature (Topic: Mixed-Race Subjects in the US Literary Imagination)
Topics in American Literature (Topic: Walt Whitman and James Baldwin)
Topics in American Literature (Topic: Women's Fiction, 1861-1914)
Topics in Transatlantic and/or World Literature (Topic: Trickster Literatures)
Topics in Rhetoric and Writing (Topic: Women's Rhetoric(s))
Topics in Applied Language Study (Topic: World Englishes)
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:
Upper-Division C (General Education) course not in ENGL (GE Electives) 14
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives28
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, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 60 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science4
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning4
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English (4 units in Major) 10
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C (4 units in Major) 10
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units60