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Welcome to the Department of English and Comparative Literature

Due to the shelter in place initiative, the English department office is working remotely until further notice. To receive help from our staff you may call (408) 924-4663 or email for further assistance.


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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!


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 your literary horizons with a program perfectly suited to working adults.  


Four Undergraduate Concentrations

Our department offers 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 in which undergraduates complete their general education writing requirements.


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 Lurie Chair, a prestigious award that funds spring semester residencies for highly distinguished writers.   


Award Winning Faculty

Our faculty are committed to student success, and many have won recent teaching awards marking their successes in the classroom. 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.  


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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 admission to the Department's major programs. University policies relating to disqualification and probation may be accessed at