The English Department offers many different options for students to focus their Cal Poly career on their strengths and career goals. 


Creative Writing Program

Cal Poly’s English department houses one of the best undergraduate creative writing programs in the West. The university’s excellent academic reputation and the exquisite natural environment of the central coast attract creative students from all over California and the nation. Many of Cal Poly's creative writing students continue on to prestigious graduate writing programs, accept internships as editors and writers for national publications, and eventually teach writing at universities. Learn more about the Creative Writing Program. 

Composition Program

The Rhetoric and Composition Program at Cal Poly is committed to providing students with progressive and innovative approaches to writing education. Indeed, one of Cal Poly’s stated University Learning Objectives is “effective communication,” which means that you will be developing and honing your writing skills throughout your Cal Poly career. Learn more about the Composition Program. 

Linguistics Program

Cal Poly's English Department offers a range of linguistics and applied linguistics courses designed for the beginning linguist or the non-linguist. Linguistics, the science of language, studies our mental capacity to produce and comprehend language, the varied patterns that the world's languages use to express meaning, and the natural facts of diversity and change within and across languages. Applied linguistics in our department includes teaching English to speakers of other languages, applications of linguistics in the K-12 language arts classroom, history of English, language and gender, and other varied topics. Learn more about the Linguistics Program

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