Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in
  • Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts In English with an emphasis in
  • English Education Preparation, Pre-Credential
  • Certificate in Technical Writing
  • Minor in English

The major in English at California State University Channel Islands approaches the study of Literature, Writing and Criticism in an interdisciplinary context. Students develop a sound foundation in all three areas. They develop analytical and critical skills as well as the ability to explore, organize, and articulate ideas through writing. Literature and language are significant cultural phenomena that shape and are shaped by particular contexts; therefore, this program addresses the historical and cultural significance of the English language, literature written in English, and other literatures in translation.

Course work in the English: Literature and Writing program is completed in three areas. Foundation courses provide the tools for intellectual discussion of materials. Interdisciplinary courses provide connections with different ideas, approaches and ways of knowing. The required sequence provides in-depth investigation in a specialized field of Multicultural Literature, Writing or Education. In addition, the student may choose to pursue an emphasis in Creative Writing, Multicultural Literature, English Education Preparation, or a certificate in Technical Writing.

English majors will keep a portfolio of work produced in each of their required courses and electives. The student will work closely with his or her advisor in developing the portfolio, which will be reviewed by the instructor as a prerequisite to the capstone/service learning course. At the end of the capstone, when all course requirements have been fulfilled for the major, there will be a review of the final portfolio.

Careers [top]

The B.A. in English prepares students for graduate programs in English, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, and Secondary Education. English majors, trained in logical thinking, interpretative reading, and effective writing also do very well on the LSAT exams for law schools. The major is excellent preparation for a variety of creative professions such as: editor for a publishing company, book agent, magazine editor, newspaper reporter, teacher of English abroad, freelance magazine writer, script reader, speech writer, advertising copy writer, and director of communications for businesses.

Program Learning Outcomes [top]

The English program is designed to:

  • meet the philosophical, educational and cultural objectives of the university mission statement;
  • stress interdisciplinarity and the multicultural, global perspectives which are the hallmarks of CSU Channel Islands programs;
  • prepare students to think critically and analyze written and visual texts;
  • prepare students to express themselves effectively in written and spoken form and to apply multiple theoretical perspectives; and
  • prepare students for further study and for entry into a variety of professional paths.

Faculty [top]

Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
Professor of English and
Chair, English Program
Academic Advisor of English Program
Bell Tower West, Room 1235
(805) 437-8865
j.kilpatrick@csuci.edu 

Mary Adler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Academic Advisor for English Education
Bell Tower West, Room 1295
(805) 437-8486
mary.adler@csuci.edu 

Julia Balén, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Bell Tower West, Room 1108
(805) 437-8435
julia.balen@csuci.edu 

Renny Christopher, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Bell Tower West, Room 1225
(805) 437-8994
renny.christopher@csuci.edu 

Bob Mayberry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Bell Tower West, Room 1141
(805) 437-2786
bob.mayberry@csuci.edu

Bradley Monsma, Ph.D
Professor of English
Bell Tower West, Room 1185
(805) 437-8948
brad.mosnma@csuci.edu 

Joan Peters, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Bell Tower West, Room 1116
(805) 437-8448
joan.peters@csuci.edu 

Contact Information [top]

http://english.csuci.edu/

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (120 Units) [top]

Lower Division Requirements (12 units)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in English must have fulfilled the lower division writing requirement (at CSUCI ENGL 103 or ENGL 105). In addition, the following 12 units of literature survey courses (or the equivalent) are required in preparation for upper division studies:

ENGL 120 American Literature I (3)
ENGL 150 British and European Literature I (3)
ENGL 220 American Literature II (3)
ENGL 250 British and European Literature II (3)

Upper Division Requirements (27 units)

The upper division English core is designed to provide students with a broad background in literature, solid foundations in theory and criticism, and experience in writing to learn.
ENGL 310 Research Methods (3)
ENGL 315 Introduction to Language Structure and Linguistics (3)
ENGL 330 Writing in the Disciplines (3)
ENGL 410 Shakespeare (3)
ENGL 420 Literary Theory (3)
ENGL 449 Perspectives on Multicultural Literature (3)
ENGL 499 Capstone Project/ Senior Seminar (3) 

Two of the following are required:

ENGL 325 Major Non-Western Authors (3)
ENGL 326 Major British and European Authors (3)
ENGL 327 Major American Authors (3)

Required Sequence (6 units)

The sequence requirement allows students to explore an area of interest in more depth. Students choose one of the following sequences.

Sequence A

ENGL 449 Perspectives on Multicultural Literature (3)
(units included in requirements above)
Plus two of the following:
ENGL 450 Native American Literature (3)
ENGL 451 African/African American Literature (3)
ENGL 452 Asian/Asian American Literature (3)
ENGL 453 Hispanic/Hispanic American Literature (3)

or

Sequence B

ENGL 460 Perspectives in Creative Writing (3)
Plus one of the following:
ENGL 461 Fiction Writing (3)
ENGL 462 Poetry Writing (3)
ENGL 463 Writing for the Stage and Screen (3)
ENGL 464 Creative Non-Fiction (3)

 or

Sequence C

ENGL 475 Language in Social Context (3)
Plus one of the following:
ENGL 477 Adolescent Literature (3)
ENGL 478 Writing as Reflective Practice (3)

or

Sequence D

ENGL 482 Technical Writing (3)
Plus one of the following:
ENGL 483 Technical Visual Communication (3)
ENGL 484 Technical Writing for the Sciences (3) 

Electives: (6 units)

ENGL 210 Themes in World Literature (3)
ENGL 311 Bilingual Literary Studies/ Estudios Literarios Bilingües (3)
ENGL 328 Mythology (3)
ENGL 333 Multicultural Drama in Performance/Production (3)
ENGL 334 Narratives of Southern California (3)
ENGL 335 American Ethnic Images in Novels, Film and Art (3)
ENGL 337 Literature of the Environment (3)
ENGL 338 Science and Conscience (3)
ENGL 339 Psychology and Literature (3)
ENGL 340 Business and Economics in American Literature (3)
ENGL 378 Contemporary Native American Authors: Telecourse (3)
ENGL 400 Contemporary Literature (3)
ENGL 412 Drama of Ancient Greece (3)
ENGL 431 European Renaissance Literature and Art (3)
ENGL 432 Arts of the Harlem Renaissance (3)
ENGL 433 Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Studies (3)
ENGL 450 Native American Literature (3)
ENGL 451 African/African American Literature (3)
ENGL 452 Asian/Asian American Literature (3)
ENGL 453 Hispanic/Hispanic American Literature (3)
ENGL 456 Women's Fiction (3)
ENGL 461 Fiction Writing (3)
ENGL 462 Poetry Writing (3)
ENGL 463 Writing for the Stage and Screen (3)
ENGL 464 Creative Non-Fiction (3)
ENGL 474 Approaches To English Grammar (3)
ENGL 478 Writing as Reflective Practice (3)
ENGL 482 Technical Writing (3)
ENGL 483 Technical Visual Communication (3)
ENGL 484 Technical Writing for the Sciences (3)
EDUC/COMM 345 Media Literacy And Youth Culture (3)

Required Supporting and Other GE Courses (69 Units)

Electives (15)
American Institutions Requirement (6)
General Education (48) 

Emphasis in Creative Writing (12 units)

The Creative Writing Emphasis gives the English major an opportunity to pursue his or her interests in creative writing of various forms. The culmination of the emphasis is the Creative Writing project, which the student chooses in consultation with her or his advisor. The product of that course will be a completed work of publishable quality in one of the following genres. Students must choose Sequence B as their required sequence.

In addition, choose nine units from the following:
ENGL 461 Fiction Writing (3)
ENGL 462 Poetry Writing (3)
ENGL 463 Writing for the Stage and Screen (3)
ENGL 464 Creative Non-Fiction (3)
plus

ENGL 465 Creative Writing Project (3)

Emphasis in Multicultural Literature (12 units)

The Multicultural Literature Emphasis gives the English major an opportunity to pursue his or her interests in studying the literature of various cultures and ethnic groups. The culmination of the emphasis is the Multicultural Literature project, which the student chooses in consultation with his or her advisor. The product of that course will be a completed work which addresses the literature (broadly defined as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama and film) in one of the following course areas. Students must choose Sequence A as their required sequence. In addition, choose nine units from the following:

ENGL 450 Native American Literature (3)
ENGL 451 African/African American Literature (3)
ENGL 452 Asian/Asian American Literature (3)
ENGL 453 Hispanic/Hispanic American Literature (3)
plus

ENGL 454 Multicultural Literature Project/Seminar (3) 

Emphasis in English Educationi, Precredential(12 units)

The English Education Emphasis gives the English major an opportunity to gain the coursework and experience necessary to pursue a teaching credential in English at the secondary level. This program is designed to prepare the student to succeed on the state subject examination and may fulfill a waiver requirement in lieu of the examination (pending state approval). Students must choose Sequence C as their required sequence. and nine units from the following*:

ENGL 474 Approaches To English Grammar (3)
ENGL 477 Adolescent Literature (3)
ENGL 478 Writing as Reflective Practice (3)
plus
EDUC 330 Introduction to Secondary Schooling (3)

Required Supporting Course

COMM/EDUC 345 Media Literacy And Youth Culture (3)

*Students in this emphasis who wish to apply for a waiver requirement for the CSET exam also need to complete English 210, Themes in World Literature, as an elective.
Annual consultation with an advisor in English is required for students in this emphasis.

Requirements for the Certificate in Technical Writing (18 units) [top]

(Open to All Students)
The Certificate in Technical Writing provides an opportunity for students from various disciplines to pursue interests in Technical Writing, and the certificate will prove valuable in a variety of career choices. The culmination of the certificate is the Project/Seminar course, which may be an internship or a project the student chooses in consultation with his or her advisor. The certificate requires each of the following:

ENGL 310 Research Methods (3)
ENGL 330 Writing in the Disciplines (3)
ENGL 482 Technical Writing (3)
ENGL 483 Technical Visual Communication (3)
ENGL 484 Technical Writing for the Sciences (3)
ENGL 485 Technical Writing Project/Seminar (3) 

Requirements for the Minor in English (24 units) [top]

The English minor provides non-majors with the opportunity to explore literature and become more involved with the writing process. The English: Literature and Writing minor is an excellent addition to the baccalaureate degree for all majors. A minor in English requires a grade of C or better in each course.

Lower Division requirements (12 units)

ENGL 120 American Literature I (3)
ENGL 150 British/European Literature I (3)
ENGL 220 American Literature II (3)
ENGL 250 British/European Literature II (3) 

Upper Division Requirements (12 units)

ENGL 310 Research Methods (3)
ENGL 330 Writing in the Disciplines (3)
ENGL 410 Shakespeare (3)
Plus one of the following:
ENGL 311 Bilingual Literary Studies/Estudios Literarios Biling�es (3)
ENGL 326 Major British and European Authors (3)
ENGL 327 Major American Authors (3)
ENGL 328 Mythology (3)
ENGL 333 Multicultural Drama in Performance Production (3)
ENGL 334 Narratives of Southern California (3)
ENGL 335 American Ethnic Images in Novels, Film and Art (3)
ENGL 337 Literature of the Environment (3)
ENGL 338 Science and Conscience (3)
ENGL 339 Psychology and Literature (3)
ENGL 340 Business and Economics in American Literature (3)
ENGL 378 Contemporary Native American Authors: Telecourse (3)
ENGL 400 Contemporary Literature (3)
ENGL 412 Drama of Ancient Greece (3)
ENGL 420 Literary Theory (3)
ENGL 431 European Renaissance Literature and Art (3)
ENGL 432 Arts of the Harlem Renaissance (3)
ENGL 433 Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Studies (3)
ENGL 449 Perspectives on Multicultural Literature (3)
ENGL 450 Native American Literature (3)
ENGL 451 African/African American Literature (3)
ENGL 452 Asian/Asian American Literature (3)
ENGL 453 Hispanic/Hispanic American Literature (3)
ENGL 456 Women's Fiction (3)
ENGL 461 Fiction Writing (3)
ENGL 462 Poetry Writing (3)
ENGL 463 Writing for the Stage and Screen (3)
ENGL 464 Creative Non-Fiction (3)
ENGL 474 Approaches To English Grammar (3)
ENGL 478 Writing as Reflective Practice (3)
ENGL 482 Technical Writing (3)
ENGL 483 Technical Visual Communication (3)
ENGL 484 Technical Writing for the Sciences (3)