Program Mission Statement, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes

Program Mission Statement

The English Department at California State University, Chico offers the Master of Arts degree in English with patterns in creative writing, language and literacy, and literature. The program is committed to advancing knowledge and creativity by nurturing a community of students, scholars, teachers, and creative writers. We believe that broad reading in historical and contemporary literary, critical, and theoretical texts provides a foundation for more specialized study and research. Through internships and seminars in pedagogy, our Teaching Associateship Program provides teacher training and helps our students develop their teaching philosophies and hone their professional skills. 

Program Goal & Student Learning Objectives

The MA in English is a 30-unit program built on a 9-unit core, a set of 12-unit pattern requirements, and 9 units of elective coursework. The program is designed to address the needs of a diverse student population, preparing those who plan to teach at community colleges, those who intend to pursue writing careers, and those who wish to enter MFA programs in creative writing or doctoral programs in English language and literature or in rhetoric and composition. Our student learning objectives are as follows:

  1. Student work demonstrates appropriate knowledge in his or her area of concentration: Literature; Language and Literacy; Creative Writing; and/or Pedagogy.
  2. Student work demonstrates advanced skills in reading, evaluating, and writing critically on various subjects in the field of English language, literature, and the literary arts.
  3. Student work applies and demonstrates, appropriate to the student’s area of concentration, comprehensive knowledge in scholarly research and methods, theoretical application, critical analysis, academic writing, and/or creative writing.
  4. By means of rigorous training and practice, interested students should be able to independently design and teach college-level courses in writing and literature.