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Academic Resources


English Department
First Floor, Wendell Phillips Center
Amy Smith
Department Chair
College of the Pacific


Undergraduate majors can choose courses in creative writing, professional writing, British literature, American literature, world literature, film studies, interdisciplinary studies, language and critical theory, and gender studies, just to name a few. Given the flexiblity of the English major, many students within the University choose to double major in English. The department offers a minor in English for students committed to a different academic major.

Upper-division courses (those numbered 100 or above) are more specialized or applied than lower-division courses. These specialized courses explore authors like Toni Morrison, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and William Faulkner, or specific topics such as war, poetics, medievalism, and how literature and other arts intersect ("Blues, Jazz, and Literature").

Single Subject Credential in English

Single Subject students are required to take TWO upper-division writing courses from one of the following: ENGL 106 (Content Engineering), and ENGL 109 (Professional Communications).Students interested in pursuing certification to teach English at the secondary school level consult with the English Department Credential Advisor, Dr. Amy Smith.