2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Sep 29, 2022  
2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog

English, B.A.

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The English major at Cal Poly Humboldt enables students to pursue careers across a wide range of areas: writing, editing and publishing, arts administration, digital content creation, research, librarianship, digital scholarship, education, and teaching English as a second or foreign language (TESL/TEFL), community organizing and service, and social justice advocacy.

High school students should take four years of English, including composition and literature to prepare for this major. We recommend the study of a language other than English.

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

Requirements for the Major (42-56 Units)

The English major consists of 28 units of core courses, which are required for all students. To fulfill the requirements of the major, students complete either 14-16 units of extended study electives plus 0-8 units of a language other than English or the 20-unit English Education Concentration.

Capstone Options

Complete one of the following courses, selected in consultation with a major advisor. Students in the English Education Concentration are required to take ENGL 426. ENGL 436 is recommended for students pursuing careers in teaching English as a second/foreign language. ENGL 461 is recommended for students pursuing careers in writing, editing and arts administration. Students pursuing other interests, including librarianship, literary/linguistic research or graduate study should select ENGL 422. 

E-Portfolio Requirement

Students build the shell of their e-portfolio in ENGL 218 . It is recommended that students take ENGL 218 when they enter the major. The e-portfolio is developed through the course of study and is completed and reviewed during the capstone course.


Students can choose to concentrate in English Education or complete the English major without a concentration. Complete one of the following to fulfill the requirements for the major. 

English, B.A. Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the program, students will have met the following learning outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to draw connections between text and context (i.e., political, historical, linguistic and cultural contexts of race, class, gender and sexuality).
  2. Students will understand how to use and apply information from public and scholarly sources in their writing. 
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding and application of rhetorical, literary, and linguistic theories, including accurate and appropriate use of disciplinary terminology.
  4. Students will construct texts with attention to audience and purpose, effectively using public, literary, and/or scholarly sources and conventions of a selected genre.

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