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Welcome to the Department of English

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The English Department at Cal Poly awards a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree. At the undergraduate level, the department offers classes in American, British, and world literature, creative writing, film, linguistics and TESL, and composition/rhetoric. At the graduate level, the department offers classes in American and British literature, historical and contemporary literary theory, composition theory/practice, and linguistics. The department also offers a post-baccalaureate English credential program for aspiring secondary teachers. Outstanding students and award-winning faculty make Cal Poly's English Department one of the best in the state.

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Cal Poly Grad Student Named District's Teacher of the Year

JUNE 2014

Congratulations to English grad student Nathan Shields for his accomplishment of being named Lucia Mar Unified School District's Teacher of the Year!

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Cal Poly English Grad Student Named CSU Pre-Doctoral Scholar

June 2014

Congratulations to Anthony Breakspear for being selected as a California State University (CSU) Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar for 2014-2015.

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Cal Poly Grad Student Wins Academy of American Poets Award

MAY 28, 2014

Congratulations to Jonathan Maule! Maule's winning poem "Repurposed" has earned him a $100 prize from the Academy of American Poets. 

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The American Scholar Prize 2014 Recipient Announced

MAY 2014

The English Department congratulates Monique Nicholas as this year's American Scholar Prize recipient! 

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2014 Al Landwehr Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

april 7, 2014

Congratulations to winners Erica London and MacKenzie Soldan!

London's poem "We Called It Dancing" and Soldan's story "Reference" both took $100 first place prizes.

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Only Connect! 2013 Alumni Newsletter 


The newest edition of the English department's alumni newsletter, Only Connect!, is now available online. Find out the latest news in the department from student and faculty awards and accomplishments, to the latest Learn by Doing projects and Lake District study abroad adventures.  Continue to newsletter ›



Cal Poly Named Top College for Return on Investment for English, Humanities Majors

AUG 28, 2013

Affordable Colleges Online has ranked Cal Poly the fifth best college in the nation for return on investment (ROI) for their English and humanities programs.

Affordable Colleges Online evaluated English and humanities programs in institutions across the country and identified those with the top ROI for their graduates’ education. According to the rankings, “Graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over 30 years and earn more on average than English and humanities graduates from other schools.”
Affordable Colleges Online determines ROI rankings based on total weighted cost and a 30-year net ROI. Cal Poly ranked in the top five among institutions such as Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkley, and James Madison University.

“We are honored to be recognized for the outstanding education our faculty provide in our English and humanities programs,” said Douglas Epperson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “This honor is one more validation of Learn by Doing in the College of Liberal Arts.”

Affordable Colleges Online ranked four-year, degree-granting, fully accredited institutions that offer English and humanities at the undergraduate level. Private, for-profit institutions were excluded.

Notable Dates

Summer sessions


Summer sessions for first 5-weeks begin Thurs. June 19 and end July 23 (finals take place on last class meeting)

Summer sessions for second 5-weeks begin July 24 and end Aug. 26 (finals take place on last class meeting)

Academic Holidays

Friday, July 4 - Independence Day observed

Upcoming Quarters

Fall begins September 22

Registration begins: May 9 - June 27
Open Enrollment begins: August 18
Open Enrollment ends: September 17
(for details on fall enrollment dates click here)

Visit the 2014-15 Academic Calendar for more detailed dates.




Paige Smith

Literary Lakes

Literature of the Lake District 2013 International Field Trip

Kate Sugar

Melinda Moustakis

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Upcoming Events

Summer Literacy Reading Series

featuring local authors
Jennifer Tseng & Patti Sullivan

Thurs., June 19th

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Annual Newsletter

Only Connect!

English Department Alumni Newsletter is published annually.

Read the 2013 Newsletter ⇒

Read the 2012 Newsletter ⇒

Read the 2011 Newsletter ⇒



First 5-week summer session 

Thurs., June 19 thru Wed., July 23

Second 5-week summer session

Thurs., July 24 thru Tues., Aug. 26 

Fall 2014 -Begins September 22

2014-15 Academic Calendar
Department Calendar