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
// June 3, 2016
Friday, June 3, on the 2016 liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Devotion to…
// May 17, 2016
The Alcala Review is proud to announce the publication of its second issue, featuring poems, fiction and nonfiction stories, original artwor…
// May 13, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Fred Miller Robinson, Department of English faculty member, on being awarded the 2016 Drinan Award for Distingui…
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