For more than a century, SDSU's Department of English and Comparative Literature has prepared students to become teachers who instill a love of language and reading in the youth of California . From these roots, we have also grown into a home for world-class poets and writers, award-winning literature scholars, and national leaders in the field of children's literature. We are also home to SDSU Press and three journals, including Poetry International, where students can contribute to the field in academic and creative ways.

For undergraduates, we offer a standard major in English; additionally, we offer a major in English in preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in English Language Arts. Our thriving graduate programs offer the M.A. degree in English and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing. In our classrooms, students develop depth, critical acumen, and perspective as they study the literatures of the world, from ancient times to the digital era, and prepare for careers in law, business, education, digital industries, writing, editing and publishing, and public service.


Majors and minors in English learn to read, think, and write more insightfully and critically about human experience through the lenses of literature. Our courses explore literature across continents, cultures, and centuries.

Master of Arts

Our Master of Arts program provides opportunities for the advanced study of American literature, British literature, children’s literature, comparative literature, as well as preparation for doctoral-level scholarship.

Master of Fine Arts

Our program in Creative Writing offers a Master of Fine Arts to writers of great promise and commitment. It allows students the space and support to immerse themselves in in-depth study of their chosen genre, Fiction or Poetry.

National Center for the Study of Children's Literature

The National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (NCSCL) reflects SDSU’s long-term and extended commitment to the literary study of children’s and adolescent literature. Faculty from NCSCL review and evaluate contemporary children’s books on the largest web site of its kind in the country.
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Digital Humanities Initiative

“Digital Humanities” describes efforts to study digital technologies and culture, employ computational practices in research and teaching, and reflect upon the impact of the digital. The Digital Humanities Initiative eeks to promote such critical engagement by providing a hub for strategic innovation and collaboration across campus.
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