For more than a century, the Department of English and Comparative Literature has fostered a deep engagement with literature and language at San Diego State University. We are home to world-class poets and writers, award-winning scholars of literature, and national leaders in the field of children's literature. We are also home to SDSU Press and three journals, offering opportunities for students to contribute to the field of literary expression in academic and creative ways.

For undergraduates, we offer a major in English and Comparative Literature that stretches across historical traditions and cultural experiences; additionally, we offer a major in preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in English Language Arts. Our graduate programs offer both the M.A. degree in English and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing. In our classrooms, students develop depth of perspective and critical acumen as they study the literatures of the world—from ancient times to the digital era—and prepare for careers in law, business, education, digital industries, writing, editing and publishing, and public service.


Majors and minors in English learn to read, think, and write more insightfully and critically about human experience through the lenses of literature. Our courses explore literature across continents, cultures, and centuries.

Master of Arts

Our Master of Arts program provides opportunities for the advanced study of American literature, British literature, children’s literature, comparative literature, as well as preparation for doctoral-level scholarship.

Master of Fine Arts

Our program in Creative Writing offers a Master of Fine Arts to writers of great promise and commitment. It allows students the space and support to immerse themselves in rigorous study of their chosen genre, Fiction or Poetry.



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Digital Humanities Initiative

"Digital Humanities" describes efforts to study digital technologies and culture, employ computational practices in research and teaching, and reflect upon the cultural and scholarly impact of the digital. The Digital Humanities Initiative seeks to promote such critical engagement by providing a hub for strategic innovation and collaboration across campus.
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National Center for the Study of Children's Literature

The National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (NCSCL) reflects SDSU’s long-term and extended commitment to the literary study of children’s and adolescent literature. Faculty from NCSCL review and evaluate contemporary children’s books on the largest web site of its kind in the country.
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