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Celebrate a World of Words

The study of English language and literature improves our ability to think, read, write, and speak on a highly sophisticated level. Mastery of these critical skills is crucial to success in any career. The CSU Bakersfield English Department is committed to making the entire university community more articulate, better educated, and more productive citizens of the world we inhabit.

                          O brave new world, That has such people in't!

        O brave new world, That has such people in't!

The English Department at California State University, Bakersfield offers two undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs:

  • The English Major in Languageand Literature (EMLL), which offers both breadth and flexibility for a diversity of career opportunities
  • The English Major with Credential Emphasis (EMCE), a single-subject preparation program designed for students who wish to teach in California secondary schools

The English Department also offers three different minors:

  • English Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Children’s Literature

For graduate students, CSUB offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in English, as well as the following post-baccalaureate certificates:

  • Writing
  • Children’s Literature
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)
Please click on the links at left for more information about the English Department at CSUB.

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I initially chose English because of my love for books. I was a reader long before I was a writer and, though I didn't much care for writing when I began, I could not resist a good story. […] They always say that the chances of becoming a professional writer and doing what you love are slim to none. They were wrong, and my experience at CSUB showed me that. Close Quote
Kayla Freer, B.A. in English 2012
Content Writer in the Social Gaming Industry


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English Graduates Share Stories


California Writers Series

Upcoming reading in the California Writers Series: 
Marisa Silver, 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Dezember Room, Walter Stiern Library

Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, the CWS has hosted diverse and celebrated authors who live and work in California, or trace their roots to our vibrant state, including poet Frank Bidart, a Bakersfield native and winner of Yale University's prestigious Bollingen Prize; Brian Turner, poet and veteran of the Iraq War whose first book was a New York Times “Editor's Choice”; Rae Armantrout, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Professor of Writing at UC San Diego; Susana Chavez-Silverman, a major Latina writer who has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts for her autobiographical work blending Spanish and English; Kay Ryan, former U.S. poet laureate, native of the San Joaquin Valley, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize; the great Kenyan novelist and postcolonial thinker Ngugi wa Thiong'o; the African-American poet and winner of the Academy of American Poets fellowship Harryette Mullen; New York Times-bestselling novelists Pam Houston, Tatjana Soli, and Mona Simpson; leading experimental poets Juliana Spahr and Joe Wenderoth; the late Wanda Coleman; and the novelist Alex Espinosa, whose first book was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.

Listen to Rae Armantrout's reading in the CWS on April 11, 2013, here:

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