Department Chair

Dr. Lisa Weston

Administrative Staff

Lisa Galvez


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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Tuesday Nov 25, 7pm

Reading, signing and book launch celebration for our own Tanya Nichols’ newly published novel The Barber’s Wife. Pinot Wine Bar. 805 E Olive Ave, Fresno.


 6th Annual Undergraduate Conference 
Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas (UCMLA)
March 13, 2015

Deadline for submission of 250-word abstract:
Friday, January 30, 2015


Welcome! (Or, who is Beowulf to me?)Students discussing text in class

Students who study 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 ValleyMultiethnic Memoir, Victorian Children's Literature and Sports Writing.

But — what can you DO with an English degree? 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.

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

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.