(College of Letters and Science)
John Marx, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department
Department Office. 176 Voorhies Hall; 530-752-2257; http://english.ucdavis.edu
The Major Program
The study of English develops skills in reading analytically and perceptively and in writing clearly and effectively.
The Program. The English department offers three kinds of courses: composition courses, undergraduate courses, and graduate courses. Composition courses develop skills in reading analytically and in writing persuasively. Undergraduate and graduate courses cover the entire range of English and American literature, as well as creative writing. Students majoring in English may elect a creative writing emphasis or a literature, criticism, and theory emphasis. All majors take courses introducing them to the
Career Alternatives. Graduates have found the major excellent pre-professional training for careers in teaching, writing, law, medicine, library work, journalism, and more. Many graduates are employed in publishing, marketing, advertising, or the tech sector. Others have worked in local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as in industry. Many have gone on to graduate study in a wide range of fields including English, education, counseling, and more.
English Majors. Up to four upper division units in a national literature other than English or American, or in Comparative Literature, may count toward the requirements of the major.
Major Advisors. G. Bloom, S. Boluk, S. Chaganti, J. Clover, L. Corin, G. Dobbins, F. Dolan, K. Frederickson, E. Freeman, D. Heard Mollel, P. Houston, H. Hsu, M. Jerng, A. Johns, D. Martín, J. Marx, T. Menely, C. Milburn, E. Miller, K. Peterson, M. Ronda, P. Roy, S. Shershow, D. Simpson, M. Stratton, J. Townsend, M. Vernon, C. Waters, J. Wenderoth, T. Werth, M. Ziser
Major Advising. All new and prospective English majors are encouraged to see an undergraduate staff advisor, individually, once per year, at
Foreign Languages. Students who contemplate advanced study in English should prepare for foreign language requirements for higher degrees and should consult with the graduate advisor.
Honors and Honors Program. A Senior Honors Program is available to an invited group of English majors, who prepare and write a Senior Thesis (either a research paper or creative writing) in their final year. The critical honors program consists of four units of 194H and four units of 195H, normally taken during Winter and Spring quarters of the senior year. The creative writing honors program consists of four units of 100FA or 100PA, normally taken during Spring quarter of the junior year, and four units of 195H, normally taken Winter quarter of the senior year. Completion of the program is a prerequisite for High or Highest Honors at graduation. Eligibility criteria and application materials may be obtained at the Undergraduate Advising office in 177 Voorhies Hall or by accessing the Department website at http://english.ucdavis.edu. For more details, see Graduation Honors.
Education Abroad Options. The department strongly encourages interested students to pursue their studies abroad. It is possible for students to complete significant portions of the English major provided that the course is evaluated as at least four UC Davis units; the course is considered upper division by the standards set forth by UC Davis Study Abroad; the student presents copies of the coursework, syllabus, and writing assignments to the department’s advising staff.
Teaching Credential Subject Representative. See the Teacher Education program.
Graduate Study. The Department of English offers programs of study and research leading to the M.A. in literature and creative writing and the Ph.D. in literature. Detailed information may be obtained from the graduate advisor or the Chairperson of the Department.
The department’s affiliation with the Critical Theory Program also provides the opportunity for students in English to prepare for the designated emphasis in Critical Theory (an interdisciplinary program in theories and methodologies in the humanities and social sciences).
Graduate Director. Desiree Martin, Ph.D.
Entry Level Writing. Students must have met the Entry Level Writing requirement before taking any course in English.
Prerequisites. ENL 003 or UWP 001 is required for admission into all preparatory courses (040, 043, 044, 045, 010A, 010B, 010C), and all upper division courses, unless otherwise stated in the course listings. COM 001, 002, 003, or 004 or NAS 005 may normally be substituted for ENL 003 or UWP 001.