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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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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 three M.A. programs: (1) the English M.A. (with concentrations in Creative Writing and Literature), (2) the MA in Composition Rhetoric, and Professional Writing, (3) and the TESOL M.A. The English M.A. is designed for students who wish to develop further their understanding of literature or their creative writing talent; graduates may want to teach at community colleges, pursue a career writing, and/or continue for further post-graduate study at the Ph. D. or MFA level. The M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Professional Writing offers preparation for careers in fields such as education, journalism, publishing, law, technical writing, advertising, arts administration, or civil service; or to pursue study at the doctoral level. 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, we offer certificates for M.A. students in TESOL and Teaching Composition.

The MA in TESOL; the MA in English (Creative Writing and Literature Concentrations); and the MA in Composition, Rhetoric, and Professional Writing will all be accepting applications for Spring 22 admissions starting 8/1/21 up until 9/15/21. Please check back here for additional information and instructions in advance of 8/1/21

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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Phone: (916) 278-6586

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