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Department of English


English Department
First Floor, Wendell Phillips Center
Xiaojing Zhou
Department Chair
College of the Pacific

Welcome to the Department of English at University of the Pacific. Our mission is to graduate students whose abilities in language and literature give them thoughtful and imaginative power to shape and influence ideas and practices in a complex, democratic society. 

The department offers concentrations in various genres of literature, language, writing, and film for students wishing to further focus on a particular field in their major. All courses offered aim to prepare students for careers and lives rich in critical thinking and literacy. 

English department offers new minor in writing

New Writing Minor

With the new writing minor in English, Pacific students will be able to explore their creative side while simultaneously developing a skill that employers value. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 73% of employers rank writing as one of the top three skills they value in prospective employees. A minor in writing will apply to any field, and students can tailor their class projects to suit any major, from environment studies to history, business, philosophy, or pre-medical fields. Learn more>>


The Department of English is an active and thriving community, where students meet respected professionals who are using their own English degrees in innovative and exciting ways, and gain hands-on publishing experience by working on Pacific's nationally-recognized, award-winning literary magazine, Calliope. Our students graduate with real-world skills and a passion for literature and knowledge that give them a unique perspective on the world around them as they step into their futures.

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