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Program: B.A., English


Program Description

The undergraduate English major (consisting of five options: Literature, Creative Writing, Subject Matter, FYI and JYI, and Honors) is designed for students who desire to concentrate in one of the different fields subsumed under the broader category of “English.” Students are required to choose one of these options at the time they declare their English major. For further information concerning the choice of options or related career opportunities for those with a B.A. in English, see an English department advisor.

The Literature option focuses on the analytical reading of British and American literature.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (9 units)

ENGL 258 Major English Writers I (3)
ENGL 259 Major English Writers II (3)
ENGL 275 Major American Writers (3)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (30 units)

a. Critical Writing (3 units)

ENGL 355 Writing About Literature (3)

b. Literary Theory (3 units)

ENGL 436 Major Critical Theories (3)

c. Literatures of Cultural Diversity (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

AIS 314 North American Indian Literature (3)
ENGL 311 History of African-American Writing (3)
ENGL 314 North American Indian Literature (3)
ENGL 368 Gay Male Writers (3)
ENGL 369 Lesbian Writers (3)
ENGL 371 Issues in Jewish-American Writing (3)
ENGL 431 Images of Women in Literature (3)
ENGL 433 Women Authors (3)
ENGL 434 19th Century Women Novelists (3)
ENGL 487 Latina/o Literatures of the Americas (3)

Consult an advisor for current courses in other areas, such as Asian American literature, Central American literature, Chicana and Chicano literature and Pan African or African American literature that also may satisfy this requirement. For the English major, students may not double-count these courses for upper division or Subject Exploration requirements in General Education.

d. British Literature (9 units)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 414 Chaucer (3)
ENGL 416 Shakespeare: Selected Plays (3)
ENGL 417 Shakespeare: A Survey (3)
ENGL 418 English Drama to 1642 (3)
ENGL 443 English Literature of the Middle Ages (3)
ENGL 449 The English Renaissance (3)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 419 English Drama 1660-1880 (3)
ENGL 420 Milton (3)
ENGL 452 17th Century English Literature (3)
ENGL 456 The Age of Enlightenment (3)
ENGL 466 Major British Novelists I: 1700-1815 (3)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 458 The Romantic Age (3)
ENGL 460 The Victorian Age (3)
ENGL 467 Major British Novelists II: 1815-1900 (3)

e. American Literature to 1912 (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 473 American Literature: 1607-1860 (3)
ENGL 474 American Literature: 1860-1912 (3)
ENGL 477 Major American Novelists I: 19th Century (3)

f. 20th Century Literature (6 units)

Select two courses from the following:

ENGL 427 Drama from Ibsen to the Present (3)
ENGL 461 Modern British Literature (3)
ENGL 462 Contemporary British Literature (3)
ENGL 463A Modern Poetry (3)
ENGL 463B Contemporary Poetry (3)
ENGL 468 Major British Novelists III: 1900 to the Present (3)
ENGL 475 American Literature: 1912-1945 (3)
ENGL 476 Contemporary American Literature (3)
ENGL 478 Major American Novelists II: the 20th Century (3)

g. Senior Seminar (3 units)

ENGL 495 Senior Seminar in Literature (3)

3. Upper Division Electives (9 units)

Select any upper division courses except ENGL 300, 305, 316 or 364.

4. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
The standard General Education requirement is 48 units; however, English majors are permitted to double-count 3 units from the lower division major requirements (ENGL 208, 258, 259 or 275) for both GE Subject Explorations Arts and Humanities and the major.

Students majoring in English are encouraged to take a foreign language as part of their college program.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 48

General Education Units: 45

Additional Units: 27

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Department of English
Chair: Kent Baxter
Associate Chair: Kate Haake
Sierra Tower (ST) 708
(818) 677-3431

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate critical reading skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective writing skills.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of creative, literary, linguistic and/or rhetorical theories.
  4. Analyze British and American cultural, historical and literary texts.
  5. Analyze culturally diverse texts.