Department Graduation 2015 2Chang-rae Lee Reading 20152015 Phelan Award RecipientsCindy Baer

Welcome to the Department of English and Comparative Literature


Four Undergraduate Concentrations

Our department offers undergraduates four B.A. concentrations that include focuses on literaturecreative writingteaching, and technical writing, as well as strong graduate programs in creative writing and literature.  The department also houses the composition program where undergraduates complete their writing requirements.


Award Winning Faculty

Our faculty are committed to student success, and many have won recent teaching awards marking their successes in the classroom, and our alums are employed throughout the Bay Area in positions that draw upon their training as English majors, showing how practicality meets passion in our department.   


MFA and MA Programs

Our MFA program, The Literary Incubator in the Heart of the Silicon Valley, offers a rich opportunity for students to pursue their craft with active, publishing faculty and talented peers who go on to vibrant publishing careers Our M.A. offers a great opportunity to expand one's literary horizons with a program perfectly suited to working adults.  


Scholarships and Opportunities 

We have very generous scholarships and awards for both undergrads and graduates, and all of our students benefit from the Center for the Literary Artsprogramming and the prestigious Lurie Chair that allows a highly distinguished writer to join us each Spring.   


The Place for You!

So, whether you want to work on Reed Magazine, the oldest literary journal west of the Mississippi, read literary classics, attend readings by local and high-profile writers, or learn about a career in technical writing, the Department of English and Comparative Literature is the place for you!



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Impaction Statement

The Department of English and Comparative Literature welcomes all students admitted to the University. There are no extra criteria for admissions to the Department's major programs. University policies relating to disqualification and probation may be accessed at