About the Program
By engaging students in intellectual inquiry, experiential learning, and the practice of critical reading and writing, CLU’s English department curriculum provides both majors and non-majors with a solid foundation for academic as well as civic success.
The faculty draw on their expertise in writing instruction and varied specialties as they challenge students to understand and use language to participate in and serve their local, national, and global communities. The faculty maintain a high level of instructional integrity, involve themselves with student work from first-year writing through upper division courses, and encourage students to present their research at local, regional, and national undergraduate conferences.As a central part of the Core curriculum, the study of literature gives both majors and minors access to an extraordinary doorway that opens into a realm of life-long career opportunities and creative expression. English courses give students the skills to analyze and interpret texts of all kinds within their historical and socio-cultural contexts and sharpen critical thinking, reading, and writing skills necessary for success in most professions. Many businesses and professional schools even prefer the well-rounded training of an English major to the specialized focus of a pre-professional major
CLU’s English department faculty maintain a high level of instructional integrity, involve themselves with their students in freshman writing through upper division courses, and encourage students to present their research at national undergraduate conferences.
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, however, have opportunities to hone their writing skills by contributing to the University's student-run publications: CLU’s newspaper, The Echo; the Kairos yearbook; the award-winning literary magazine, Morning Glory; and to Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society.
Majors can also compete for the following paid positions: Deparmental Assistant, Writing Center tutor, Editor-in-Chief or Assistant Editor of Morning Glory, and Academic Advising and Learning Resource Center tutors. These appointments give students a chance to build their teaching and leadership skills and gain insight into the learning process.