A Message from the Writing Program Coordinator

We have an incredibly active Writing Program at CSUB with many different levels of activity. First of all, our lower-division offerings (English 1100-1109 and 1109) prepare students for college writing across the curriculum. Students are placed into appropriate writing classes according to their high school grades and various test scores.  We also offer a reading lab (Eng 950) that will help students learn how to read their assignments critically in all their college courses.

On the upper-division level, many of our composition courses fulfill the CSU Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement, each with a different focus. They include English 3109 (Modes of Writing) and English 3119 (Advanced Writing).  Three other courses from other departments also satisfy this proficiency requirement: History 3008 (Historical Writing), Communications 3008 (Technical and Report Writing), and PPA 4038 (The Public Policy-Making Process). 

Our Graduate Certificate in Writing consists of four courses chosen from the following, which can also be taken for MA credit: English 5110 (Approaches to the Analysis of Writing), English 5120 (Rhetorical Theory), English 5130 (Composition Theory and Practice), English 5140 (Writing in a Second Language), and English 5150 (Teaching Basic Writers).

We believe that students who take our writing classes will benefit tremendously from our first-rate faculty who care about student success; our small class size (25-30); our supportive environment; our clear course goals; our work with faculty in other courses across the curriculum; and our ongoing conversations with middle schools, high schools, and colleges in our region.

We also offer individual and group support in reading and writing for our students in the Writing Resource Center (WRC) and in our MyWritingLabPlus (MWLP) web-based program—available to all students online.  The WRC (www.csub.edu/wrc) schedules appointments and accommodates walk-ins for face-to-face sessions with undergraduate and graduate tutors.  MWLP (www.csub.edu/mwl) lets students work on their writing skills on their own time through their CSUB account; in this program, they can focus on their individual grammar problems, look up writing instruction in Pearson Writer, and have access to live tutors online for papers in all subjects.

We are very proud of our Writing Program and believe that you will agree with us when you take one or more of our courses.  Come by to talk about your experiences in our classes or to discuss specific options that suit your specific needs. We are always happy to hear from you.

Dr. Kim Flachmann
Writing Program Coordinator

Dorothy Donohue Hall, D-04

Comp faculty

Full Time Composition Faculty

Contact Information:
     Faculty Towers 102B
     Phone: (661) 654-3083
     Fax: (661) 654-2063
     Email: kflachmann@csub.edu

Mailing Address:
     Department of English
     CSU, Bakersfield
     9001 Stockdale Hwy.
     Bakersfield, CA 93311