English Department

CLU’s English majors and minors are given access to an extraordinary doorway—one that opens into a realm of life-long career opportunity and creative expression.

An Extraordinary Doorway

CLU's English majors and minors are given access to an extraordinary doorway, one that opens into a realm of life-long career opportunities and creative expression. In a wide variety of challenging and engaging courses, the English curriculum sharpens critical thinking, reading, and communication skills as well as promotes an appreciation for literature. English is an ideal major for students interested in careers that require these skills. Many businesses and professional schools even prefer the well-rounded training of an English major to the specialized focus of a pre-professional major. Our majors enter a broad range of fields that include creative or technical writing, law, business leadership, nonprofit development, political advocacy, publishing and content development, public relations, marketing and advertising, film and new media, the ministry, library and information science, and teaching.

CLU’s English department faculty maintain a high level of instructional integrity, involve themselves with their students in freshman writing through upper division and capstone courses, and work with students who present their research at regional, national, and international undergraduate conferences such as the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research and the international English honor society's Sigma Tau Delta conference.

For those considering a career in education, the department offers a major tailored for the California single-subject credential. The department also offers a writing concentration for students who want to pursue an MFA or a career in professional writing. All of our majors have opportunities to hone their writing skills by contributing to the University's student-run publications: CLU’s newspaper, The Echo, and the award-winning literary magazine, Morning Glory.

For current information about what's happening in the English Department, please see our monthly newsletter, Carpe Diem.