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College of Humanities

  • Chair: Jackie E. Stallcup
  • Associate Chair: Katharine Haake
  • Sierra Tower (ST) 706
  • 818 677-3431
  • www.csun.edu/english

Overview

Programs

Undergraduate:

B.A., English

Graduate:

M.A., English

Mission Statement

The English Department of CSUN is a community of teachers, scholars, writers and support staff whose primary mission is to promote learning in literature, creative writing, composition and linguistics and to help students acquire knowledge, develop skills and realize their own intellectual and creative goals. In pursuit of our mission, the Department also is committed to promoting faculty development in such areas as research, publication, creative work and other professional activities for the advancement of knowledge and pedagogy.

Academic Advisement

All undergraduate English advising begins in the College of Humanities EOP Office, in JR 240, (818) 677-4767, where students may seek guidance regarding their major requirements or current or future class schedules.

Advising appointments are mandatory for declaring or changing a major and, one year in advance of the anticipated date of completion, filing for graduation. Additional advising is available in the English Department, and students may be directed there from the EOP office. For general questions concerning the major or other issues pertaining to English careers or future studies, please see the Associate Chair and/ or consult the current list of appropriate option advisers. Graduate advising takes place in the Department, and all graduate students should consult with the Graduate Advisor, Kent Baxter, as soon as possible upon matriculation.

Careers for English Majors

English Majors with the Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential Option gain the academic preparation for teaching careers at the middle-school, junior-high school or high-school level. Many students who obtain the M.A. in English find teaching positions at community colleges or proceed to doctoral programs that might lead to teaching careers at the university level. English studies also provide a good academic foundation for radio and television broadcasting, editing, writing, politics, film and library work, journalism, advertising, public information, public relations and technical writing. Studies show that English as a pre-professional major is valuable preparation for future careers in law, medicine, business, and local and federal service.

Department Programs

The Department of English offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the fields of literature, language and writing. One of several options may be selected by students who intend to adopt English as a major or minor, or courses may be taken as electives by non-majors who seek enrichment in the liberal arts.

The undergraduate English Major (consisting of 5 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 the Associate Chair of the Department.

  • Literature Option: Focuses on the analytical reading of British and American literature.
  • Creative Writing Option: Provides students with the opportunity to develop narrative, verse or playwriting skills while building a solid background of study in British and American literature.
  • English Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential Option: Prepares students for a career in teaching English at the middle-school and/or high-school level. This Option meets the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing subject matter requirements for the English Single Subject Credential. For details on the Single Subject Credential Program, see the Credential and Department of Secondary Education sections in the Catalog.
  • Four-Year Integrated (FYI) and Junior-Year Integrated (JYI) English Single Subject Matter Programs for the Single Subject Credential Option: Prepares students for a career in teaching English at the middle- school and/or high-school level. FYI and JYI integrate English subject matter course work, GE requirements and the course work included in professional preparation, permitting students who successfully complete the program to earn both a B.A. in English and a Single Subject English Preliminary Credential in four years for FYI students and in as few as two years for JYI students. These programs meet the California CTC subject matter requirements for the English Single Subject Credential. For details on the Single Subject Credential Program, see the Credential and Department of Secondary Education sections in the Catalog.
  • Honors Option: Enables students, by working independently and in seminars, to develop a strong academic background in preparation for postgraduate study in English or for entry into a variety of postgraduate professional schools. For admission to the Honors Program, see the Honors Option Advisor.
  • Second B.A. in English: Available to students who, having completed the Baccalaureate in another field, wish to pursue a second Baccalaureate in English. Post-Baccalaureate Credential candidates in English who are completing the subject matter preparation component of either the Preliminary or Clear Credential also may wish to earn a second Baccalaureate and may do so through this Option.

Minors in English:

24-unit program with concentration either in Literature or Creative Writing; 18-unit program with concentration in Writing and Rhetoric—a minor particularly designed for students whose careers are likely to entail professional and/or technical writing. Though a minor is not required for a Baccalaureate degree, many students find it desirable.

Second Bachelor of Arts Degree in English

Students seeking a second B.A. in English in any of the options described above should note the University regulations governing second degrees. Students admitted into the Second B.A. Program must take at least 24 units in the English major in residence. To complete the major they must have a total of 36-48 units in English, the exact number to be determined by advisement. At least 24 of these units will be Upper Division English courses; 6 units may be in Upper Division courses outside of English with prior approval of the Department Chair or Associate Chair. Students must obtain, at their first registration for this program, an evaluation of all earlier work in English.

M.A. in English:

Consists of 3 options: Literature, Creative Writing and Rhetoric and Composition Theory. The English Department offers a limited number of openings for Classified graduate students who wish to be Teaching Associates (TAs). TAs enroll in ENGL 600A (for 3 units credit) and 600B and normally teach, under guidance, one section of Approaches to University Writing per semester for a stipend. Other teaching opportunities may be available to second-year TAs. For further information concerning choice of Option or career opportunities, students should see the Graduate Advisor. To apply for a Teaching Associateship, students should see the Director of Composition.

The English Intern Program

The Department of English provides an internship program for students who are interested in entering the professional writing field. The year-long program consists of a writing and professional development course (ENGL 407) and an off-campus internship (ENGL 494EIP), which provide both the training and experience students need to make the transition into the workplace. For more information, contact Internship Coordinator Kent Baxter.

CSU International Program

The Department of English supports the concept of international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study. Certain courses taken at CSU International Program Study Centers in foreign countries are equivalent to courses in the Department of English and may be used to fulfill some of the requirements for Degree Options offered by the Department and/or certain General Education requirements. For more information, students should consult the International Programs Bulletin available in the Office of International and Exchange Programs, the English Department’s Associate Chair or the campus International Programs Advisor.

Prizes in English

The Department offers a number of prizes for students who have excelled in their academic work. For further information on these awards, please see the English Department Main Office.

The Rachel Sherwood Poetry Prize
An annual prize awarded by The Northridge Review to the author of the poem judged to be the best published in the magazine during the calendar year. The recipient, who must be a registered student for at least one semester during the year in which the poem is published, will be awarded $150.
The Northridge Review Fiction Award
An annual prize awarded by The Northridge Review to the author of the short story judged to be the best published in the magazine during the calendar year. The recipient, who must be a registered student for at least one semester during the year in which the story is published, will be awarded $100.
The Oliver W. Evans Writing Prize
An annual prize of $100 awarded for the best piece of prose, critical or creative, submitted in an Upper Division English course during the calendar year. Submissions are faculty-nominated.
The Eva Latif Writing Prize in Children’s Literature
A yearly prize of $100 awarded for the best piece of writing, critical or creative, by a student on the subject of children’s literature. Submissions are faculty-nominated.
The Mitchell Marcus Prize in English
A prize of $2,000 awarded each Spring semester to a graduate student who is best distinguished by excellence in his/her studies. Applications of currently enrolled Classified graduate students are reviewed by a committee of faculty who make the award.
The Annamarie Peterson Morley Award
An award of $1,000 given to a student currently enrolled as an English major at CSUN who plans to enter the teaching profession at any level.
The Robert apRoberts Honors Essay Prize
An annual award of $150 given to the English Honors student whose thesis is judged to be the best submitted during that academic year.
The Northridge Writing Project Award/The Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship
An award of $500 given in alternating years to a graduate student enrolled in English or in Secondary English Education to help pay fees for graduate work.
The Morley-Peterson Scholarship
Up to two awards of $1,000 each given to undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled as English majors at CSUN who demonstrate the need for financial support to continue their studies.
The Mahlon Gaumer Award
An award of $500 given to a graduate student for the best critical essay on English literature, with an emphasis on the use of language, submitted during the academic year.
The Harry Finestone Memorial Award
An award of $750 given to the graduate student with the most distinguished essay completed in the Department’s capstone graduate seminar, ENGL 698D. Submissions are faculty-nominated.
The William L. Wilson Award
A faculty-nominated award of up to $1,000 given to an undergraduate major in English who plans to teach at the secondary level and who demonstrates the qualities of maturity, patience, purpose, generosity and compassion associated with the successful classroom teacher.
The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English
A scholarship of approximately $500 will be given to any student in ENGLc 258, 259, 275 or 355 who has written an essay (open topic) that best demonstrates “a passion for the English language.”
The Academy of American Poets Prize
A first prize of $100 and two honorable mention awards given by the Academy of American Poets for the best poem(s) submitted. Application forms are available from the creative writing advisor.
The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award
A prize of $500 given to an undergraduate CSUN student who is the author of the best written work on some aspect of the natural world or environment. Eligible work, whether scholarly or creative, must have been written in an English class or for a class-related conference or publication.

 Staff

Frank De La Santo, Tonie Mangum, Marjie Seagoe