English is a versatile major that provides excellent preparation for careers in teaching, journalism, law, corporate communications, or any other area where strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills are vital and rewarded.

The Department of English offers a B.A. degree with three distinct concentrations: literature, creative writing, and English language and literacies. If you are interested in traditional or modern literature, language, linguistics, or creative writing, you will certainly find a match in our major.


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Career Opportunities Include:

Author/Critic • Bookstore Manager • Continuity Writer • Corporate Communications Director • Foreign Service Office • Freelance Journalist/Writer • Greeting Card Editor/Writer • Lawyer • Librarian • Media Specialist • Newspaper Reporter • Public Information Officer • Publication Editor • Publicity Director • Publishing Agent • Radio/TV Agent • Script Writer • Teacher/Professor • Writer


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Courses You Might Take

ENGL 204 - Writing About Literature

The theory and practice of critical writing based on selected readings of major literary works.

ENGL 307 - Intermediate Workshop in Creative Nonfiction

A writing and workshop critique of long and short creative nonfiction.

ENGL 340 - Critical Theory of Literature

Students examine and apply major critical approaches to literary analysis and interpretation.

ENGL 353 - Linguistic History of the English Language

A linguistic approach to the origin and development of English, and its relations to cognate languages.

ENGL 445 - Ethnic American Autobiography

Read selected memoirs and autobiographical writings by African-American, Latino/a, American Indian, Asian-American, and other ethnic American writers.

ENGL 309 - Major Works of British Literature

Study major works in verse, drama, and prose fiction, selected from British literature: medieval to modern periods.

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Department of English
  • California State University, East Bay
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • Music Building, MB 2579
  • Hayward, CA 94542
  • Phone: (510) 885-3151
  • Website: English