Graduate Degrees Offered
We offer an M.A. in English Composition (with concentrations in Composition, Literature, or Applied Linguistics/TESL). In addition, we offer a TESL Certificate and a Certificate in Teaching Writing.
The M.A. program was founded in the early 1980s and is one of only two such programs in the CSU system, and one of the very few M.A. programs in the U.S. that focuses specifically on rhetoric and composition studies. Our program is strong in its preparation of people who wish either to teach in community colleges, to prepare for doctoral programs, or to further inform their existing teaching practice. In terms of teaching, the program prepares students to teach writing in a variety of settings, including "traditional" and networked classrooms in universities, community colleges, and K-12 settings. The program also prepares students for doctoral work in composition studies, literature, and applied linguistics, and we enjoy a nearly 100% placement-and-fellowship rate for our Ph.D.-bound students. The program also benefits those who need expertise as writers of grants, interpreters of public policy, and editors, as well as others interested especially in non-fiction prose. Our faculty is widely published, nationally known, and committed to working closely with students. More information about the M.A. in English Composition can be found on the program's website.