About the Department

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. 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. 

The department 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.

Take Your Scholarly Writing to New Heights!

Literary scholarship tutoring available: 

  • Monday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m
  • Tuesdays 2 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays 1 - 4:30 p.m.

in the Arts & Letters building, AL-232
Schedule an Appointment

Upcoming Events

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Posthuman Entanglements in Contemporary Poetry
 12:00 pm
Digital Humanities Center

Antje Schmidt, postdoctoral researcher at the Universität Hamburg, presents her research.



Living Writers' Series
 7:00 pm

MFA Program Alumna Marta Balcewicz will read from her debut novel, "Big Shadow."



Book Talk with Seth Lerer
 12:00 pm

Distinguished Professor of Literature Emeritus and former Dean of Arts and Humanities at UCSD, Seth Lerer, will talk about his new book "Introducing the History of the English Language."


Department Bookshelf

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Early Modern Others

Early Modern Others: Resisting Bias in Renaissance Literature
Peter C. Herman

The Book of Mormon Girl

The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith
Joanna Brooks

Digital Modernism

Digital Modernism: Making It New in New Media
Jessica Pressman

Minority Reports

Minority Reports: Identity and Social Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Michael Borgstrom

Wordsworth's Vagrants

Wordsworth's Vagrants: Police, Prisons, and Poetry in the 1790s
Quentin Bailey

The Language of Conservation

The Language of Conservation
Sandra Alcosser


Digital Humanities National Center for the Study of Children's Literature SDSU Press Fiction International Pacific Review Poetry International