May 20, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024

Department of English

Information about the Department of English


Location: Engineering and Technology A604
Phone: (323) 343-4140
Website: Department of English


Linda Greenberg
(323) 343-5812


The English Department at California State University, Los Angeles, cultivates students’ imaginations and critical skills through the intensive study of literature and language. Offering programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts degrees, the department provides courses that build on the traditional study of British and American literary history while encouraging students to further explore literary theory and criticism, world literatures and transnational critical paradigms, children’s literature, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, interdisciplinary cultural analysis, and the history and structure of the English language.  Drawing on the richness of L.A.’s geographical and cultural context, the department equips students to see the study of literature and language as both personally enriching and publicly meaningful within their own communities. These broad horizons signal a commitment to both the mastery of literary traditions and the development of new kinds of knowledge, both local and global.

Study in English provokes intellectual and personal development while providing effective preparation for a number of careers. Graduates of Cal State LA’s M.A. program in English regularly gain acceptance to the top doctoral programs in the country; the department’s undergraduate Single Subject Credential option and emphasis on pedagogy help to prepare students for careers in education. Teaching, however, is only one of the many professions open to English majors; the department’s commitment to providing students with rigorous training in textual analysis, research, writing, and critical thinking skills makes graduates attractive to professional schools and a wide array of employers in the legal profession, business, civil service, the non-profit sector, the entertainment industry, and other venues. Whatever their vocation, English majors possess not only practical abilities but also a subtle understanding of the varied ways in which human beings search for meaning and strive to express the complexity of individual and communal experience.

The Faculty

Professors:  Mary Bucci Bush, Michael A. Calabrese, Linda M. Greenberg (Chair), Maria Karafilis, Andrew Knighton, Jun Liu, Lauri Scheyer, Bidhan Roy, Alison Taufer.
Associate Professors:  Christopher S. Harris, Nicole Horejsi, Atef Laouyene.
Assistant Professors: Mais Al-Khateeb, Danelle Dyckhoff-Stelzriede, Laren Heintz, Juan Lamata, Sarah Minslow, Kathryn Perry, Mijan Rahman.
Emeriti: Betty Bamberg, Sharon Bassett, Alfred Bendixen, Peter A. Brier, Roberto Cantú, Hema Chari, John L. Cleman, Saralyn R. Daly, Melvin Donalson, Marilyn R. Elkins, James Garrett, Rosemary L. Hake, Martin Huld, Steven S. Jones, Caroline McManus, Barry Munitz, Elaine Osio, Thomas H. Peterson, Vilma Potter, Ruben Quintero, Sidney Richman, Alice M. Roy, Carl M. Selkin, Timothy Steele, Gaby Stuart, John H. Weston.


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