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Department of English College of Arts & Letters


About English

About The Department

The English department of California State University, Sacramento, is a community of teachers, scholars, writers, and support staff whose primary mission is to promote learning in composition, creative writing, English education, linguistics, literature, and the teaching of English as a second language.

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For a zoom appointment with Professor Toise (Chair)

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

We offer two Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees: a B.A. in English and a B.A. in English-Precredential (Single Subject with Pre-Credential Preparation degree). We offer three Minor programs Creative Writing, English, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); we also offer a TESOL certificate for undergraduates.

Graduate Programs

We offer two M.A. progams: the English M.A. and the TESOL M.A. The English program is designed for students who have had substantial undergraduate preparation in English, and is of special value to students who plan to teach English in a community college, who wish to further develop their creative writing talent, or who expect to pursue a Ph.D. in English. The program is divided into three concentrations: literature, creative writing, and composition. The TESOL program is recommended for candidates wishing to teach ESL in community college programs or in university programs in the US or overseas. In addition to our M.A. programs, we offer certificates for M.A. students in TESOL and Teaching Composition.

How to apply

Advising and Program Worksheets

Prospective Students: If you are a prospective student looking for information on our undergraduate and graduate/MA curricula, please see the University Catalog here:

Undergraduate Advising Worksheets: Current English majors and English faculty can access UNDERGRADUATE advising worksheets (ENGL BA and ENGL BA Pre-Cred) here:

Graduate/MA Advising Worksheet: Current English majors and English faculty can access GRADUATE advising worksheets for our English; Composition, Rhetoric, and Professional Writing; and TESOL MA programs and certificates here:

Undergraduate Minors and Certificate Worksheets: Current English majors and English faculty can access advising worksheets here:

Current students who cannot access the links above, please send your name and student id# to and request access to the English Department Student Portfolio and Advising site.

Campus Resources

Find Us

Department of English
Calaveras Hall, Room 103
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: (916) 278-6586

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