Department of English

The English Department offers students an array of degree programs, exciting courses, and opportunities for faculty/student interaction. Guided by the conviction that language and literature shape lives and cultures, department faculty offer both traditional and contemporary courses. Students can study anything from Shakespeare to Multicultural California Literature, from courses in Milton to courses in Gender and Sexuality, Early American Captivity Narratives, Horror in Literature and Culture, Film, Screenwriting, Pulp Detective Fiction, or Children's Literature.

You'll leave Stanislaus State grounded in both the classical and the contemporary, and you'll be well-prepared to move towards graduate school or a career having fortified your analytical and communicative skills and imaginative powers. English Majors can earn a degree in Literature, TESOL, or Teacher Education. We enjoy a low faculty to student ratio, allowing us to be available to students and innovative in our delivery of courses. Feel free to contact any of the faculty with questions or for more information about a degree in English from Stanislaus State.

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FALL 2020

Department Information

Semester Begins
August 24, 2020

Fall 2020 schedule: Subject to change, contact the department if you have any questions:

Our office is temporarily closed until further notice. Please email staff at for assistance. Please refer to the Faculty & Staff directory if you would like to contact faculty. 


Call for Submissions

Submit poetry, fiction, or artwork to Penumbra

Notice: Graduate Studies
Please apply for the Graduate program through Cal State Apply. See deadlines for Graduate applications below.

Spring 2021 Application Deadline
September 15, 2020

Fall 2021 Application Deadline
May 1, 2021

MA Literature Comp/Exam:

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Place: TBD

Contact: Dr. Andrew Dorsey, Graduate Director

CAHSS Commencement

Refer to the Commencement website for details.