• Department of English

Department of English

Lifelong learning.

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Student StudyingThe Department of English at Chapman University teaches the creation and critical study of texts in all forms. Undergraduate students may pursue BFA in Creative Writing or a BA in English with a concentration in either literature or journalism. Minors in English, journalism and special studies are also available to students of other departments.

Graduate students are offered programs to earn an MA in English, an MFA in Creative Writing, or a unique "dual-degree" program that combines the two. Students are encouraged to take courses in and across specialized areas, including literary and critical courses in theory, creative writing, journalism, rhetoric and composition and linguistics.

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Our Mission

Throughout their time at Chapman, students are given ample opportunity to apply their ideas and critical thinking skills in real world situations. Our Mission is to foster creative and intellectually rigorous thinking, clear and original written expression of ideas, in-depth knowledge of cultural and literary traditions and exploration of a variety of subject matter through reading and writing. The English Department offers students innovative and personalized instruction as the basis for lifelong learning and literary citizenship. 

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
Department of English
Chapman University
December 2016

For at least half a century now, English as an academic discipline has been at the forefront of scholarly work and pedagogy in feminist theory, critical race studies, ecocriticism, queer theory, disability studies, working-class studies, postcolonial theory, multiculturalism, linguistic diversity, and student agency. The English Department at Chapman University works in all these areas and endorses Chapman’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. We pledge to vigorously support all our students; to welcome all students into our classrooms irrespective of immigration status; to contest racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, imperialism, anti-Semitism, and anti-environmentalism; and to resist deportations.

+ - Student Opportunities

Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, has an critical role within the department through their activities and discussions.

Chapman sponsors several student news and creative writing publications, including CalliopeThe Panther and Prowl Magazine.

The journalism program offers an Editor-in-Residence partnership with the Orange County Register allowing sophomores, juniors and seniors to publish regularly in one of California's largest dailies. Students are encouraged to play an active role by submitting and editing their works for publication.

The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing and Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University host annual reading series that allow students to interact and learn from writers in a variety of fields. Recent featured authors include Salman Rushdie, Rae Armantrout, Elizabeth George, Allison Joseph and Willis Barnstone.

The department also provides students with the opportunity to study abroad; travel courses bring literature and culture to life as students visit sites of significance throughout the world.

Contact Us

Wilkinson Hall 217
Chapman University
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Administrative Assistants:

Kristen Laakso
Laakso@chapman.edu (Preferred)
(714) 997-6750

David Krausman
Krausman@chapman.edu (Preferred)
(714) 532-6026

Department Chair:

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

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