Welcome! (Or, who is Beowulf to me?)
Students who major or minor in English at Fresno State engage deeply and enthusiastically with a wide range of texts, from Shakespeare to graphic novels. They learn to write well for a variety of purposes. They explore the power of language and literature around the world.
Class sizes are small. We believe that the best English classrooms are communities in which teachers and students work together to construct, apply, and analyze meaning. Every year, faculty design courses in response to changes in the field and student interests. Recent seminar topics have included Literature of the Central Valley, Multiethnic Memoir, Victorian Children's Literature and Sports Writing.
But — what can you DO with an English Major? The easier question is: 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, policy analysts, and even doctors.
For graduate study, 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.