College of Humanities & Fine Arts


The purpose of the English major at California State University, Chico, including the options in general English and in English Education, is to provide students with effective learning opportunities in the areas of American, British and international literature; composition and rhetoric; creative writing; literary editing and publishing; and linguistics. Students are exposed to diverse teaching practices that help them to acquire knowledge, skills, and experiences appropriate to an educated, literate citizenry. The English major provides a broad and balanced curriculum designed to develop the critical reading and writing practices, the wide-ranging interpretative abilities, and the historical and cultural awareness of its students. Graduates of the department are positioned to pursue careers in multiple fields, including graduate-level study. In addition, the English Education option assists students in developing the breadth and depth of knowledge required to teach in accordance with the English Language Arts Standards adopted by the California Department of Education.