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Byzantium Magazine

English Department Byzantium Literary Annual

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Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly

Fresh Voices is now accepting submissions. Do you have essays or artwork that you want published? Submit by June 5, 2015.

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The Medial Caesura

Read all about the Master's Program in the annual graduate program magazine The Medial Caesura.

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Only Connect! Newsletter

Keep up to date by reading English Department Annual News. Newest issue just published!

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Why should I become an English major?

Read all about it from our department chair and watch a video made just for you by an English major.

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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.

Are you interested in getting more information about attending Cal Poly? Please visit our admissions page to request info that is modeled to your interests.

Notable Dates

Fall 2014

Upcoming Quarters

Sept. 22: Beginning of Fall Term Winter Registration: Nov. 12 - Dec. 5
Oct. 1: Last Day to Add/Drop Open Enrollment: Dec. 9 - Dec. 30
Dec. 8 - Dec. 12: Final Exams  

Academic Holidays

For details on Winter enrollment click here
Tuesday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day Observed  Winter quarter begins Monday, Jan. 5
Nov. 26-30: Thanksgiving Holiday 2014-15 Academic Calendar

Dec. 14 - Jan. 4: Winter Break


Winter 2015 WPE - Sat., Jan. 24

*Exam registration begins Tues., Dec. 18
(see website for details) 


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Upcoming Events

Guest Speaker, Dr. William Arce

​Thurs., Oct. 30
 6-8 p.m. in 180-102

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