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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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Why Major in English at Cal Poly? - Students in classroom

Why Major in English at Cal Poly?

An English major or minor is great preparation for a career where critical thinking, nuanced analysis, and clear communication are essential. See our video and learn more.

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Academy of American Poets Contest Winner Announced

The Academy of American Poets winner is ....

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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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Lauren Cully on a Study Abroad program with Cal Poly's English Department

200 for 200

The English Department is looking to the future — specifically, how we can continue our legacy of success through increased support of our students and faculty.

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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


Upcoming Quarters


March 30: Beginning of Spring Term

Summer 2015 - First 5 week session is June 22 to July 24; Second 5 week session is July 27 to August 28
April 9: Last Day to Add/Drop

Academic Holiday

June 8-12: Final Exam Week Friday, July 3: Independence Day Observed

Academic Holidays

Tues., March 31: Cesar Chavez's Birthday


Mon., May 25: Memorial Day

Sun., June 14
9 a.m. 
Spanos Stadium


English Department Commencement event

Immediately following Spanos main ceremony
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Erhart Agriculture Patio (Bldg. 10) (see location on map)

Important Dates:

Open Enrollment: March 7-25

April 3Last day to file for Fall 2015 graduation
to receive a Fall 2015 Graduating Senior Rotation

April 9Last day to add or swap classes via CPReg
with permission number & Last day to drop classes in CPReg.

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