Department Chair

Dr. Lisa Weston

Administrative Staff

Lisa Galvez

Jefferson Beavers


Mail to:
5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB98
Fresno, CA 93740

559.278.2553 - Phone
559.278.7143 - Fax

Office Location:

Peters Business Building, Room 382

Department Publications

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Flies, Cockroaches, and Poets, a publication of the

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English Honor Society

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Church Photo

Steven Church
Friday, Jan. 30, 7pm
Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191) 


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Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
San Joaquin Literary Association

Craft Talks 9-5p, Henry Madden Library
Reading 7p, Alice Peters Auditorium

Sam Lipsyte
Brynn Saito
Leslie Jamison


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6th Annual Undergraduate Conference 
Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas (UCMLA)
March 13, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Manuel Munoz

CALL FOR PAPERSDeadline for submission of 250-word abstract Friday, January 30, 2015


2014 Levine Poetry Prize Announced: 
Christine Poreba for Rough Knowledge

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Students who study English at Fresno State explore the power of language and literature around the world. They learn to write well for a variety of purposes and engage a wide range of texts, from Shakespeare to graphic novels. Class sizes are small. We believe the best English classrooms are communities in which students and teachers work together to analyze, apply, and construct meaning. Every year faculty design courses in response to changes in the field and student interests. and changes in the  analyze, apply, and construct meaning. Every year, Recent topics include Literature of the Central ValleyMultiethnic MemoirVictorian Children's Literature and Sports Writing.

But — what can you DO with an English degree? What can’t you do? With honed communication skills and an eye for analysis, English graduates gain an edge in many fields. They become counselors, teachers, lawyers, technical writers, editors, filmmakers, business owners, policy analysts, and even doctors.

The department offers undergraduate majors in English and English Education and minors in English and Creative Writing.

At the graduate level, the Department offers a Teaching Credential Program, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, a Master of Arts degree with options in Literature and Composition Theory, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Composition, and a Certificate of Special Study in Creative Writing.

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