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Department of English

Lifelong learning.

» About the Department

Calliope Launch PartyThe Department of English at Chapman University encourages students to read widely and deeply, to write boldly and thoughtfully, and to engage in interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity. Coursework ranges across literature, rhetoric, and cultural studies; creative writing; journalism; digital humanities; and creative and cultural industries. Our English students and faculty explore and create the stories that shape our worlds.

Undergraduate students may pursue a BFA in Creative Writing or a BA in English with a concentration in either literature, rhetoric, cultural studies or journalism. Minors in English, journalism and special studies are also available to students majoring in fields across the university.

Our graduate students pursue an MA in English, an MFA in Creative Writing, or a unique "Dual-Degree" program that combines the two. Students in the MFA can focus on fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or even screenwriting and are encouraged to work in more than one genre. All our graduate students take courses in and across specialized areas that include literature, theory, rhetoric and composition and digital humanities.


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Contact Us


Chapman University
Department of English
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866


Department Office:

Main Campus, Smith Hall 204

Samantha De La O, Administrative Assistant
sadelao@chapman.edu
(714) 532-6026

Kristen Laakso, Senior Administrative Assistant
laakso@chapman.edu
(714) 997-6750

Department Chair:

Dr. Joanna Levin
Jlevin@chapman.edu
(714) 997-6534

Support Our Program


We are a dynamic group of faculty and students who read widely, write boldly, and think deeply about how language and stories give meaning to our lives and shape our ideas.

We’re happy to talk with you about the possibilities for fostering our exciting work. For more information, please contact Mary Shockey, Development Coordinator, at (714) 532-6017 or shockey@chapman.edu.

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