English

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Students

Welcome to the Department of English here at CSUN. We offer a wide variety of courses for both Majors and Minors in the field of literature, language, composition, rhetoric and creative writing. With one of the largest and most diverse departments on campus, our faculty of over thirty-three tenured and tenure-track professors, ninety-three lecturers and twenty-six teaching associates are committed to help students meet their goals and have a promising future.

Information on Freshmen Level Writing Courses

To help students achieve university-level competence in writing, the Department of English offers English 115 “Approaches to University Writing”. The prerequisite to English 115 is a score of 147 or higher on the English Placement Test (EPT). The CSU requires that each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. The scores on this test provide valuable information about the students' skills in writing and reading.  An EPT score of 139 or lower determines a student must enroll in English 113A followed by English 113B. An EPT score of 140-147 determines a student must enroll in English 114A followed by English 114B. Students may also get tutoring assistance through the Learning Resource Center (LRC). The LRC is open to both new and continuing students on an appointment basis.