College Of Humanities and Fine Arts

Degrees in English

Undergraduate | Certificates and Credentials | Minors |  Graduate

Undergraduate Degrees

English (BA)

Options: English Education, English Studies, Literature

The English program includes the study of many language-focused pursuits: literature, composition, rhetoric and literacy, linguistics, creative writing, and literary editing and publishing. Students in the program choose from three options in the major, and often opt to add one or more of our stackable minors and certificates that increase their knowledge, skills, and credentials without increasing the time it takes to graduate. You should consider the English program if you:

  • Enjoy reading and writing
  • Notice details and nuance in written texts
  • Solve problems in creative ways
  • Notice effective and interesting uses of language
  • Use words to make a difference in people's lives
Careers: Editors Technical, Professional, and Creative Writers Educators Social Media Managers Content Creators Administrators

Certificates and Credentials

Literary Editing and Publishing Certificate

This certificate provides training in editing, copyediting, selection procedures and standards, publishing procedures, graphics, printing technologies, social networking and web design.

Students who are interested in professional editing, publishing, printmaking, and literary writing should consider working for the Watershed Review, where you are given opportunities to:

  • Develop their professional experience in the world of literary publishing
  • Travel to national conferences
  • Take on lead editor positions
  • Work as paid employees
Careers: Editorial Assistant Copyeditor/Proofreader Social Media Coordinator Publishing Assistant Literary Events Coordinator

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Embark on an exciting journey with our TESOL Certificate program, your key to becoming a dynamic English teacher both at home and across the globe. This specialized training equips you with foundational knowledge and practical skills essential for success in diverse ESL programs. Delve into the intricacies of linguistics, English structure, teaching methodology, assessment techniques, literacy development, curriculum planning, and language assessment.

What sets this program apart?

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the field
  • Unique opportunities to work as interns and tutors in ESL Support Services
  • Direct hands-on experience with non-native English speakers
Careers: ESL Program Coordinator Curriculum Developer English Language Instructor Educational Researcher Language Tutor


Creative Writing (Minor)

The Creative Writing Minor offers students the opportunity to advance their writing skills in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students will engage with fellow creative writers in workshop classes, where they will enhance their abilities to draft, revise, and critique with the help of classmates and Chico State instructors. You should consider a Minor in Creative Writing if you:

  • Enjoy reading and writing
  • Think creatively
  • Want to contribute to literary publications
  • Organize, plan, and prioritize work
  • Have artistic and investigative interests
Careers: Author, Book Author, Children's Book Author Creative Writer, Fiction Author Freelance Writer Lyricist Novelist Poet, Songwriter

English (Minor)

Dive into a world of literary exploration with the English Minor at Chico State. This program offers a dynamic and streamlined version of the major, providing a comprehensive overview of diverse study areas. Engage in classes that decode the art of written and verbal persuasion, unveiling the essential tools of rhetoric and literary genres. Whether your academic interests are diverse or focused, join us in transforming your passion for words into an exciting academic journey.

You should consider a Minor in English if you:

  • Enjoy captivating survey classes
  • Journeying through American and British literature
  • Explorign literary movements across time and cultural landscapes
Careers: Advertiser/ Marketer Educational Administrators Critic Social Media Coordinator Travel Agent

Linguistics (Minor)

A Minor in Linguistics is your gateway to fostering critical thinking about linguistic issues. Immerse yourself in the multifaceted world of human language, from the sounds of phonetics and phonology to the structure of words (morphology) and sentences (syntax), and the exploration of meaning (semantics). Delve into the fascinating evolution of languages over time and the dynamic variations across situations and groups. Discover the secrets of how individuals learn and process language, opening your mind to the profound intricacies of communication.

You should consider a Minor in Linguistics if you are a student in:

  • anthropology
  • communication
  • education
  • foreign language
  • psychology
  • social sciences
Careers: Teacher Public Relations Specialist Editor Speech-Language Pathologist AI Research Scientist

Secondary Language Arts (Minor)

Unlock the doors to a vibrant teaching journey with our Minor in Secondary Language Arts. Tailored for aspiring secondary English teachers, this program is a key to deepening your disciplinary understanding. Dive into the richness of language arts by choosing a specific subdiscipline, whether it's creative writing, language and literacy, literature, or theatre arts. Or, embrace a comprehensive approach by exploring a mix of subdisciplines. When combined with the English major's English Education Option, this minor fulfills the requirements for the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in English and sets you up for success as an English teacher.

Careers: Educators Educational Administrators Educational Program Designers


English (MA)

Embark on a literary adventure by enrolling in a Master of Arts in English! Designed for undergrads passionate about diving deeper into the world of English, this program is your ticket to advanced studies in literature, linguistics, rhetoric, composition, grammar, literacy, and creative writing. Connect with our dedicated professors, and experts in areas like rhetoric and literacy, creative writing, and a wide range of literature. As a grad student, you'll get to:

  • Attend seminars and conferences
  • Receive hands-on training in editing
  • Teach in your field
  • Attain valuable internships

Our alumni have gone on to shine in further studies, teaching, writing, editing, web content management, publishing, and journalism. Enroll in a program that nurtures your academic and professional journey, offering a tapestry of opportunities and experiences unique to Chico State.

Info for Applicants and Current Students
Get the information you need to successfully apply to the English (MA) program and find resources for current students.

Careers: Instructor Author Copyeditor Content Manager Publisher Journalist


The Certificate in Teaching College-Level Writing

To prepare students to teach college-level writing in a variety of contexts, this certificate engages students in the study of composition, pedagogical rhetoric, literacy, and writing program design. It allows graduate students to address individual situation, needs, and interests while learning within a diverse community. By offering flexible and interactive learning, the program provides a model for teaching writing and a forum where all teachers can learn and grow together as teachers of writing, and as writers too.

Careers: Adjunct Professor of Writing Writing Center Director/Coordinator Writing Program Administrator Professional Development Specialist Curriculum Developer/Instructional Designer