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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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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.

“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.”

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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.


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.

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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
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