Department of English & Comparative Literature
The Department of English and Comparative Literature affirms San Diego State University’s Commitment to a diverse campus climate that promotes human dignity and mutual appreciation for each member of our community. Freedom from discrimination, harassment, and violence against persons or property is a basic right and is requisite for learning.
For more than a century, the Department of English and Comparative Literature has fostered a deep engagement with literature and language at San Diego State University. We are home to world-class poets and writers, award-winning scholars of literature, and national leaders in the fields of digital humanities and children's literature. We are also home to SDSU Press and three journals, offering opportunities for students to contribute to the field of literary expression in academic and creative ways.
We offer majors in English and Comparative Literature that stretch across historical traditions and cultural experiences as well as a major in preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. Our graduate programs offer both the M.A. degree in English and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing. In our classrooms, students develop depth of perspective and critical acumen 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.