Graduates from our English programs typically pursue careers in teaching, media, publishing, technical writing and other fields, or they go to graduate/professional schools in Law, Literary Studies, Linguistics, and so forth.  The study of English equips students with the essential thinking and writing skills necessary to enter the executive track in any field.  Human Resource managers have named writing and critical thinking as the two skills in which recent college graduates are most deficient (New York Times, Aug. 26, 2007).  Our programs combine the study of literature and linguistics with intensive practice in rhetoric, writing, argument and oral communication to develop these crucial skills and ensure that our graduates have a strong record of executive success.

The major in English

Students choose from two options or emphases. While both stress analytic thinking, communications skills and cultural literacy for the twenty-first century, there are differences between these programs.

Literature and language emphasis:

Intensive study in the literature and cultures of Britain and the United States prepares students to enter advanced-degree work in law, media and publishing, technical writing, new media, and many other related fields. It prepares students for graduate study in English, American Studies, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Law and other fields. The curriculum follows a pattern of increasing specialization, from courses in literary and cultural analysis, through surveys and courses in linguistics and genre studies, to advanced seminars. Consult the complete course list for details of the program.

English education emphasis:

The English Education curriculum at Cal Poly Pomona is a California Commission for Teacher Credentialing-approved course of study that will prepare students to enter a single subject credential program in English toward becoming a teacher at the secondary level (i.e. grades 7-12). The curriculum features breadth and depth courses in the English major along with a series of pre-credential courses to provide the pedagogical foundation for success in the credential program. Graduates with a degree in English Education from Cal Poly Pomona have secured teaching positions at school districts that include (but are not limited to) Chaffey Joint Union, Pasadena, Riverside Christian, San Bernardino, and Upland among others. For further information, you are welcome to contact Dr. Dewey W. Hall, English Education Coordinator, at dwhall@csupomona.edu or 909-869-3603.

The minor in English

The English minor is a flexible program of frequently-taught courses easily scheduled with your major courses. Any English course you are currently enrolled in (except ENG 104 or its equivalent) may be applied toward the minor in English. You select two courses from a group of British and Amercian literature surveys and 24 additional units (12 of which must be 300 or 400 level) from among nearly all the other courses offered by the department, including science fiction, creative writing, advanced composition, linguistics, poetry, drama, and fiction. You shape the minor to match your interests. Consult the complete course list for details of the program.

Why take an English minor?

An English minor can provide a significant competitive advantage in the job market or graduate school admission. One of the most common and persistent complaints among employers is that college graduates lack the verbal skills to advance beyond entry-level positions to management and executive positions. The English minor furnishes you with the analytic and writing skills employers seek, as well as the knowledge of culture expected of executives and others in leadership positions. If you plan to pursue advanced study in law, medicine, business or academia, the English minor can make you a stronger candidate for admission to competitive programs, since good writing is an integral part of most post-baccalaureate work.

The minor in TESL

The minor in Teaching English as a Second Language provides training to teach TESL courses at numerous schools, colleges and community organizations throughout the LA basin. The minor comprises 6 courses—24 units—in the areas of of linguistics and TESL. Consult the complete course list for details of the program.

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