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.