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2021-2022 University Catalog 
    
2021-2022 University Catalog

English-Compartive Literature-Linguistics website

English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics, Department of




Department Chair

Stephen Mexal

Department Office/Website

Gordon Hall 323
657-278-3163
english.fullerton.edu

Faculty

Marlin Blaine, L. Maria Bo, Cornel Bonca, April Brannon, Lana Dalley, Sheryl Fontaine, Erin Hollis, Susan Jacobsen, David Kelman, Stephen Mexal, Franz Mueller, Brian Michael Norton, Edward Piñuelas, Irena Praitis, Chris Ruiz-Velasco, David Sandner, Patricia Schneider-Zioga, Nicole Seymour, Kay Stanton, Kenneth Van Bik, Stephen Westbrook, J. Chris Westgate, Elise Wang, Bonnie Williams, Heping Zhao

Introduction

Students majoring in English, Comparative Literature or Linguistics study language, writing and literature from a variety of cultural, national and historical traditions. English and Comparative Literature majors can take courses in literary studies, literary theory, creative writing, rhetorical studies and English education. Linguistics majors study the origins and development of language, including how it is learned, stored in the brain and changes over time.

Our programs all emphasize the study of language, writing and literature. Courses help examine how identity is encoded in language, as well as discover the diverse ways in which writing, language and literature let us see the past, understand advanced rhetorical and linguistic techniques, and make sense of the world through narrative.

A major in English, Comparative Literature or Linguistics is suitable for students interested in any of the wide range of professions that expect excellent writing, reading and linguistic skills, including education, media, creative and professional writing, public service or further study in literature, law, medicine or business. The English major can also be combined with preparation for secondary school teaching. A major in English, Comparative Literature or Linguistics also provides a high-quality foundation for students intending to pursue graduate degrees in order to teach at the college level

Degree Descriptions

The Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature prepares students to enter professions that expect a global outlook and excellent reading and writing skills, including work in the fields of education, creative and professional writing, public service, law, medicine or business. In addition, it can provide a foundation for students who intend to pursue advanced degrees in preparation for teaching at the college level. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to examine the diverse ways in which writing and literature let us see the past, compare literary and cultural traditions, understand advanced rhetorical and linguistic techniques, and make sense of the world through narrative and sophisticated theoretical perspectives.

The Bachelor of Arts in English prepares students to enter professions that expect excellence in reading and writing, including education, publishing, creative and professional writing, public service, law, medicine or business. The major may be combined with preparation for elementary and secondary school teaching. In addition, it can provide a foundation for students who intend to pursue advanced degrees in preparation for teaching at the college level. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to examine the diverse ways in which writing and literature let us see the past, understand advanced rhetorical and linguistic techniques, and make sense of the world through narrative.

The Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of how language works. Specifically, the program develops knowledge of the structure of language, how children and adults learn language, how language is used in different types of discourse and texts, and how languages change over time. Through their studies, students come to appreciate what all languages share in common and what ways they differ. Because studying linguistics develops essential skills that have broad applications, the major provides excellent preparation for careers in fields such as teaching, publishing and translating, and for advanced studies in law and the humanities.

The Master’s degree program in English offers students the opportunity to pursue advanced work in the field of English by achieving a multifaceted understanding of literature and language. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to produce sophisticated analyses and interpretations of texts, master the techniques and conventions of writing, contribute to current scholarship through research and develop the professional skills and practices necessary to pursue careers in a variety of fields. The degree is useful to those already teaching in high schools or interested in community college teaching, seeking careers in writing and publishing, and intending to pursue further graduate work.

The Master of Arts in Linguistics is designed to provide students with in-depth understanding of how language works. The program develops knowledge of the structure of language, how children and adults learn language, how language is used in different types of discourse and texts and how languages change over time. Because studying linguistics develops essential skills that have broad applications, the Master’s provides excellent preparation for further graduate study in Linguistics, as well as for fields such as teaching, publishing and translating, and for advanced studies in law and the humanities.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
Minor in Linguistics

Programs

    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of ArtsNon-DegreeCertificate

    Courses

      English

      Courses are designated as ENGL in the class schedule. For world literature in English translation, see courses under Comparative Literature (CPLT)

      English Education

      Courses are designated as ENED in catalog.

      Linguistics

      Courses are designated as LING in the class schedule.

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