Alison Baker, Chair
|Melissa D. Aaron
Isabel M. Bustamante-López
William C. Corley
John R. Edlund
Liliane M. Fucaloro
Barbara I. Gill-Mayberry
Donald J. Kraemer, Jr.
Karen A. Russikoff
Claudia Salazar Jiménez
Faiza W. Shereen
The English and Modern Languages Department offers programs in English and Spanish. In the Bachelor of Arts in English program, students may choose from three subplans: Literary Studies, English Education, and Applied Language Studies. Students in all programs are encouraged not only to improve verbal skills, but also to develop a fuller understanding of themselves and their culture.
Graduates are prepared to enter advanced-degree work in English, American Studies, Education, Linguistics, or related areas. Additional opportunities exist in law, business management, journalism, and other fields welcoming those with a liberal education and communication skills.
The Literary Studies subplan offers its majors a broad, liberal education that enables them to read analytically, think critically, write clearly, and argue effectively in dealing with literature and literary theory. Offerings in linguistics, foreign languages, and rhetoric provide instruction in skills integral to inquiry: written and oral communication, critical thinking, and problem solving. In addition, literature courses provide cultural, historical, and ideological contexts by which students in an ethnically and linguistically diverse academic community may function effectively in different cultural and professional environments. The mission of the Literary Studies program is to enable students, upon graduation, to be adequately prepared for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers.
The second subplan, English Education, prepares undergraduates for careers in secondary education (i.e., high school and junior high school). Through a series of prescribed courses in literature, rhetoric, and linguistics, students gain competence and confidence in the subject area content knowledge. In addition, students acquire an understanding of pedagogical theory and methodology in preparation to enter a teaching credential program. Thus, the aim of the English Education program is to enable students to become effective teachers in an English/Language Arts classroom and manage the demands of the Common Core State Standards, California’s curricular framework, and assessment. Upon completion of the English Education program with a 2.75 GPA in subject-matter coursework (i.e., C grade or better in each course), students may be admitted to a single-subject credential program in English with the subject-matter content requirement satisfied.
The third subplan, Applied Language Studies, provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate relationships between language and the everyday world as well as solve problems related to language issues in public policy, education, and business. Graduates of the program will be able to engage in communities, schools, and professional environments in a multicultural, multilingual world. They will be able to address such issues as: how foreign languages are best learned and taught at different stages of life; how educational professionals can assist English language learners in K-12 education; how understanding the structure of language may help in treating speech and language disorders in children and adults; how language-related concerns affect social and educational policies and vice versa; and how understanding the structure of language may assist in developing new technologies.
The Spanish BA program aims to produce educated speakers who have deep translingual and transcultural competence and who are able to read analytically, think critically, and write clearly across the disciplines. Our course offerings (a) situate language study in cultural, historical, geographic, and cross-cultural frames within the context of humanistic learning and (b) aim to provide students with tools to function effectively in different cultural and professional contexts. By gaining insight into and appreciation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, students will develop a fuller understanding of themselves and their own culture. The faculty of this program are devoted to respond to the needs of the Cal Poly Pomona diverse student body, in agreement with the expectations explicit in the CSU mission statement.
The minors in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Writing Studies prepare students for participation in a diverse, globalized world, enhancing employment possibilities in students’ major fields. Minors in languages consist of 18 - 21 units including courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. The Department offers a certificate program in German Studies for the Professions consisting of 15 units at the 200-level or above. The Writing Studies minor is designed to enhance the ability of Cal Poly graduates to write effectively in their lives and careers whatever their discipline or major. The Department also offers a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) to prepare graduates to teach English domestically or abroad. These minors and certificates are open to all majors, including English and Spanish.
The department offers elementary and intermediate language sequences in French, German, Spanish, and Chinese. Language placement: The department offers placement examinations to assist students in determining their level of language proficiency and placing them in the correct language section.
Courses in English composition, literature, fundamentals of linguistics, and modern languages serve the general university community. These include study in English as a second language and in the literature-language aspects of Asian American, African American, Latino, and Native American Studies. The graduate program in English is listed separately.
The Rho Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, is open to upper division English majors if they have completed two or more English courses beyond freshman composition with a 3.0 average and if they rank in the upper one-third of their class overall.
A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses, including subplan courses, in order to receive a degree in the major.
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