The English Department offers a dynamic study of literature across historical periods, geographical boundaries and diverse political and social contexts.
With an English major, students discover a curriculum rich in tradition and innovation, from world literature to creative writing, from linguistics to film and literary theory. Courses encourage students to develop skills in textual analysis and critical thinking, as well as expertise in understanding the vital role of artistic expression in society and culture. As one of the core disciplines of university education, the English major values both the pleasures we derive from literature and challenges it brings to the ways we think about our cultural, political and personal lives.
This grounding in written expression, literary analysis and cultural criticism provides excellent preparation for careers in fields such as law, business, government, education or communications, as well as graduate study in literature or writing.
Why Choose English at USD?
Students build deep and lasting connections with their faculty and fellow students. The support and respect each student receives fosters a community that is committed to academic excellence, scholarly inquiry and mutual respect among colleagues.
Led by our award winning creative writing faculty, our creative writing concentration offers genre specialties in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Foundational to our creative writing program is the Lindsay J. Cropper Creative Writing Center, which sponsors the annual Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series and a writing contest.
Additional Programs and Special Presentations
The English department offers exciting addition programming, such as the opportunity to tutor in the Writing Center and Southeast San Diego Tutoring Project. Special programming includes our Honors society, Sigma Tau Delta, career workshops, student readings, and special lectures, including Joanne T. Dempsey Memorial Lecture series.
Research and Study Abroad Opportunities
Students are encouraged to further their learning through research and experiential learning opportunities. Whether the experience takes the form of attending plays at Britain's National Theatre, participating in our senior research class, Senior Project, or working with the Digital Humanities Tudor Plays project, students augment their coursework and bolster their resumes/portfolios with "real-life" experiences.
In the News
// April 27, 2016
For two University of San Diego Class of 2016 students, next month's graduation signals a transition from undergraduate degree recipient to …
// March 18, 2016
Dr. David Hay, of USD's Department of English, has served as Bee Master at the annual San Diego County Spelling Bee for 35 years.&…
// December 17, 2015
The English Department’s Dr. Fred Robinson has a new book, Rooms in Dramatic Realism, published December 20, 2015, by Routledge. Room…
2 p.m. – 9 p.m.Founders Hall 190 B