Welcome to the Department of English, one of the largest and most diverse departments on campus and a part of the College of Humanities at California State University-Northridge. We offer a wide variety of courses and programs in the field of literature, language, composition, rhetoric and creative writing; on the undergraduate and graduate level. We are dedicated with providing students with analytical and critical thinking skills, studying British and American literature and gaining knowledge on their literary and cultural history. We will help students and cultivate their imagination while challenging them to write effectively and read critically.The faculty and staff of the Department of English are committed to helping students meet their educational goals and expects its majors, especially, to be able to write clearly and correctly.
Welcome to the Department of English
- A commitment to teaching the knowledge and skills for critical reading, writing, and thinking
We teach the conventions, terminology, and practice(s) of the discipline at the university level. We teach the historical and intellectual backgrounds for the study of literature, creative writing, composition, and linguistics. We encourage students to use this knowledge to develop and extend the discipline through their own creative and intellectual endeavors. We teach the value of language and literature within a broader social context.
- A commitment to preparing students to be informed and responsible participants in a democratic society
We encourage students to develop a commitment to cultural and other forms of diversity in and beyond the classroom through an engagement with various literatures, theories, and creative works. We teach respect for all people(s) while recognizing both the differences and commonalities that contribute to a diverse, democratic society. In addition, we encourage students to participate in service learning, to seek community involvement, and to pursue other forms of non-traditional education.
- A commitment to fostering life-long learning among students as they pursue personal and professional goals
We believe that studies in language, literature, and writing establish a strong foundation for a life of intellectual curiosity, creative activity, and personal development. Therefore, we seek to make students aware of the ways in which reading and writing, like language itself, can be experienced as open-ended and ever-developing activities that significantly enrich personal experience and can contribute to professional advancement. We aim to provide students with the literacy skills and critical capacities to frame guiding questions that will sustain reading and writing throughout their lives.
- A commitment to fostering professional development among colleagues
We believe effective teachers continue to learn and also to share their knowledge through publication and other professional activity. Through our activities, we expand our own knowledge, disseminate our ideas to contribute to ongoing professional conversations, deepen our understanding of pedagogy, and update our teaching skills.
- A commitment to sharing knowledge beyond the university classroom in a variety of venues
As active professionals and public intellectuals, we seek to share and develop knowledge by disseminating our work in a variety of public forums. We seek to foster connections among students, faculty, and various cultural, academic, and community-based organizations for mutual enrichment through service, shared knowledge, and creative activity.
Student Learning Outcomes of the Undergraduate Program
- You will gain the ability to read critically.
- You will gain the ability to write effectively.
- You will gain a broad knowledge of and the ability to engage with relevant theories.
- You will gain a broad knowledge of literary and cultural history with an emphasis on British and American literature and culture.
- You will gain knowledge of the cultural diversity of literature.
- In addition to these primary learning outcomes, the Department of English has designated the additional learning outcomes for the following options:
Students in the Creative Writing Option are expected to reach the following Learning Outcomes
- You will learn to write and revise creative work using techniques and strategies employed by experienced writers.
- You will develop the critical ability to read and understand poetry, narrative, and/or drama.
- You will learn to reflect on your own creative writing in relation to relevant literary and theoretical traditions.
- You will work at advanced levels in at least one creative writing genre.
Students in the Subject Matter Option are expected to reach the following Learning Outcomes
- You will gain knowledge of the nature and structure of the English language and its relationship to other human languages.
- You will gain knowledge of and the ability to apply rhetorical and composition theory.
- You will develop the ability to participate in discourse pertaining to the disciplines of English.
In addition to the above Subject Matter Option Learning Outcomes, students in the Four-Year Integrated and Junior-Year Integrated Subject Matter Options are expected to reach the following Learning Outcomes:
- You will develop the ability to engage and support all secondary students (grades 6-12) in learning.
- You will develop the ability to create and maintain effective environments for secondary student learning.
- You will develop the ability to make subject matter comprehensible for student learning.
- You will develop the ability to plan instruction and design learning experiences for all secondary students.
- You will develop the ability to assess secondary students’ learning.
- You will give evidence of the ability to develop as a professional educator.
Students in the Honors Option are expected to reach the following Learning Outcomes
- You will gain the ability to articulate clear interpretations of cultural texts
- You will gain the ability to engage in independent research and scholarship.
- You will gain the ability to present a scholarly paper.
Student Learning Outcomes of the Graduate Program in Literature
- You will gain the ability to apply major critical approaches to the study of English language and literature.
- You will gain the ability to conduct advanced literary research, including bibliographical and historical study.
- You will gain the ability to write advanced analyses that take into account current schools of critical methodology and are informed by professional standards of literary research.
- You will gain the ability to present scholarly analyses through conference presentations, including the annual Honors Colloquium and AGSE Spring Conference.
Student Learning Outcomes of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing
- You will develop the ability to apply major critical approaches to the study of English language and literature.
- You will demonstrate improvement and a growing sophistication in the application of creative writing techniques.
- You will demonstrate familiarity with contemporary literature and proficiency with a variety of poetic, dramatic, and narrative forms, and with the critical vocabulary for discussing those forms.
- You will demonstrate an understanding of aspects of the writing profession, including literary publishing, performance, reviewing, and participating in professional conferences.
Student Learning Outcomes of the Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition
- You will gain the ability to apply major critical approaches to the study of English language and literature.
- You will gain the ability to conduct research appropriate to rhetoric and composition, including bibliographical, historical, ethnographical, and classroom research.
- You will gain the ability to write advanced analyses that take into account current schools of rhetorical theory and criticism, and contemporary theories of composition and communication.
- You will gain the ability to write and present textual analysis of data-based and qualitative research that would be appropriate for academic dissemination in the fields of composition and rhetoric.
- Those intending to be classroom teachers will gain the ability to think critically and reflectively about their teaching as informed by professional modes of inquiry.
The spring semester's Careers in English Majors Speaker Series is kicking off next Wednesday, February 25th, with a panel of Human Resources professionals. Come hear about their path to their professions, and why HR is such a great field for people with good communication skills. The field is projected to grow 21% over the next decade, so this is a great time to check it out. Please join us in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room (JR319) on Wednesday, February 25th, at 12:30 pm. Please contact Kathy Leslie (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions.
Guest Speaker Henry H. Oster, OD March 6, 2015 2:30 pm Jerome Richfield Room 319: "Even in Hell, There is Hope" writes Dr. Henry Oster who was five years-old when Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. His recently published book, The Kindness of the Hangman (Higgins Bay Press, 2014), tells this gripping tale of the 2,011 Jews who were rounded up by the Gestapo and deported from Cologne, Germany. Henry is one of only two people still alive to tell their story. Teenaged Henry was liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp on the brink of starvation by General George Patton's 3rd Army. Please join us on Friday, March 6, 2015, at 2:30 p.m., in Jr 319 to hear Henry's tale of wit, resolve, sheer luck, and survival when he speaks to Dr. Overman's class with Q&A to follow. He will be signing copies of his book.
AGSE Spring Conference March 14, 2015 : The AGSE team will be hosting their Spring Colloquium, themed "Voyages" on March 14th. Mark your calendars because this is an event that you do not want to miss! The conference is proud to feature keynote speaker Dr. Viet Thanh Nyugen, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Southern California and author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002). A professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, Dr. Nyugen traverses genres and takes a voyage of his own, with his new fictional novel The Sympathizer. Considered a "black comedy, historical novel, and literary thriller," Dr. Nyugen's novel draws from historical events and follows a fictional spy as he looks into the Vietnamese effort to win a lost war.
Northridge Review Reading: March 20, 2015 Location:The Planetarium--BP 3100--7pm
Come help celebrate the Spring 2015 Issue of the Northridge Review-- Be there or be square--And be sure to bring family and friends.
Refreshments will be served.
Sigma Tau Delta Spring Colloquium April 25, 2015 Guest Speaker Charles Yu, author of "How to live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe"
Honors Convocation: Friday May 15, 2015 8:00 a.m. Oviatt Lawn
Master's Hooding Ceremony: Friday May 15, 2015 2:00 p.m. Chaparral Hall Room: TBD
Graduation and Award Reception: Linda Nichols Joseph Room (JR319) 3:00 p.m.
Graduate Students Commencement: Friday May 15, 2015 6:00 p.m. Oviatt Lawn
College of Humanities-Undergraduate Commencement: Monday May 18, 6:00 p.m. Oviatt Lawn
Welcome to our two new faculty members, Dr. Santosh Khadka and Dr. Jennifer Lee.
Dr. Khadka comes to us from Syracuse University with his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition and Dr. Lee joins us from University of Rhode Island where she completed her PhD in Writing and Rhetoric.
In Memoriam: Marvin Klotz
November 2, 2014- Emeritus Professor Marvin Klotz has passed away.