The Department of English is an active and thriving community, where students meet respected professionals who are using their own English degrees in innovative and exciting ways, and gain hands-on publishing experience by working on Pacific's nationally-recognized, award-winning literary magazine, Calliope. Our students graduate with real-world skills and a passion for literature and knowledge that give them a unique perspective on the world around them as they step into their futures.
You have the option to earn your bachelor's degree in three years. Do your part to stay on track, and you could shave a year off your undergraduate work. That means significant savings on tuition and you get a jumpstart on your career.
These English students not only exhibit academic excellence but also serve as examples of the mission of College of the Pacific. They have excelled in the classroom and beyond, whether it's through multiple degrees, research, study abroad or service to their communities. They are the epitome of excellence and champions of the liberal arts. Take a glimpse at some of the English department's outstanding students.
What can you do with a BA in English? Ask Brooke Tran '23, who has “reimagined the liberal arts” at Pacific. When Brooke discovered her passion for education equity, she combined her English major with minors in data science, film studies and sociology to expand her skillset and personalize her academic experience. With a strong foundation for her future career as a researcher and policy maker, Brooke is headed to the University of Michigan in the fall to pursue her Master of Public Policy degree.
When English major Liz Malone is not juggling online classes or volunteering at the Friends of the Public Library, she is working full time as an AmeriCorps member at Changeist.
Learn more about how Pacific has helped her pave her path.
Angel Zhong '23 studied in Ireland the summer before her senior year after receiving the Seamus Heaney Fellowship for International Study. The donation for the experiential learning opportunity came from Stockton accountant Ned Leiba, who studied under Heaney and wanted Pacific students to have a similar life-changing experience.
Two scholarships are offered to Pacific students each summer. Students submit their own poems along with their applications.
Calliope is Pacific's award-winning Literary and Arts magazine. Produced by the Humanities Center, English and art students collaborate under the mentorship of professors Courtney Lehmann (English) and Brett DeBoer (Art) to write, edit and design the annual publication.
Options that prepare you for your future
The undergraduate major in English prepares students for careers that put a premium on critical thinking and literacy. While many majors become teachers, many more enter business, government service, law, medicine or other professions after further schooling.
Undergraduate majors can choose courses in creative writing, professional writing, British literature, American literature, world literature, film studies, interdisciplinary studies, language and critical theory, and gender studies, just to name a few. Given the flexibility of the English major, many students within the university choose to double major in English. The department also offers a minor in English and writing for students committed to a different academic major.
While meeting the requirements for the English major, students can also meet the requirements for a “single subject teaching credential,” which allows them to teach English at the secondary school level.
The English Department’s adviser for students interested in this option is Professor Cynthia Dobbs. Students considering teaching English at the secondary school level can reach out to Professor Dobbs at email@example.com.
Matt de la Pena '96 is a Newbery Medal-winner and New York Times bestselling author of six critically-acclaimed young adult novels and several award-winning picture books.
The first in his family to go to college, de la Pena says English professors at Pacific who got to know him changed the trajectory of his life.
Emily Olson works as a journalist and digital producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She credits her background as a Pacific Legal Scholar and a Pacific Humanities scholar, in part, for preparing her to explore the world and write about it.