The Department of English

Quick Facts about English

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CSU, Chico’s Department of English makes arguments, stories, and meaning; we make teachers, editors, and connections across time and across cultures.  We make sense of language in its stunning diversity through creative, editorial, linguistic, literary, and rhetorical work. We make community by sharing our commonalities and recognizing our differences.  Our students come from a variety of traditional and non-traditional academic backgrounds.

The Department offers three majors

(English Education, English Studies, and Literature); minors in Creative Writing, English, and Linguistics; and a strong M.A. in English, with options in Creative Writing, Language and Literacy, and Literature.             

We are a diverse department with faculty working in six areas:

  • Composition/Rhetoric
  • Creative Writing
  • English Education
  • Linguistics
  • Literary Editing and Publishing
  • Literature

English by the Numbers:

 0--cost of attending Writer’s Voice readings by nationally recognized writers.

3--number of student organizations--the English Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and English Graduate Student Council (EGSC).

206--number of miles the English Society members travel from Chico to Ashland, Oregon, to attend the Shakespeare Festival.  

415--ENGL course in which undergraduates and graduates edit and publish Watershed Review, one of the oldest, continuously published, student-edited literary magazines in the nation.

500--number of students who participate in the Rough Cut Film Festival (fall) and the Write On! Celebration (spring).

Countless--possibilities of what you can do with a degree in English!