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English, B.A.

We empower students to use the transformative tool of language to enact change and uphold the values of social justice. Through our robust curriculum, students analyze texts and language, challenge entrenched ideas, and think critically about how to amplify diverse voices. With a priority on hands-on learning, our students create, listen, write, teach, and plan their mark on the world.

Why this program

Toyon Literary Magazine, run entirely by students, showcases the work of established and emerging artists from Humboldt County and all over the world.

The English department’s Visiting Writers Series brings well-known authors to Humboldt County. Each visiting writer hosts a lecture, reading, and/or workshop.

Students can support their fellow English majors by becoming peer mentors or recruitment fellows. Students in these positions receive robust year-round professional development, which is a great addition to their resume.

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Academics & Options

Studying the relationship between language, identity, and power, English students will engage in conversations about social justice, pedagogy, literature, and writing that extend beyond the classroom.

Program Concentrations

A pathway designed for students planning to teach English at the secondary school level. The program is aligned with California Commission on Teacher Credentialing standards. Completion of this concentration allows students to waive the CSET exam for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in English.

English Education Requirements

Did you know?

Located where the redwood trees meet the sea, Humboldt is a great place to write, read, think, learn, and meet people who will become lifelong friends.

We prepare students for advanced academic work, a wide variety of career opportunities, and positions of leadership in society.

The English major is flexible so you can select the classes that most interest you. We also offer a broad range of special topics courses that change from year to year, in order to be responsive to what is most relevant and important to students.

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English majors graduate from Humboldt with refined and applicable skills in critical thinking, analyzing literary texts, and effectively communicating complex ideas across mediums.

  • High School English Teaching
  • Research and Library Science
  • Authorship and Book Design
  • Book and Journal Editing
  • Ebook and Digital Media Production
  • Podcast and Audiobook Production
  • Literary Marketing, Publicity, and Agenting
  • Video Game Development and Production
  • Story Editing for TV and Film
  • English as a Second/ Foreign Language Teaching
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your future holds?