Jun 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of English

Molly Crumpton Winter, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Davis, Dorsey, Foreman, Marshall, Paterson, Perrello, Schmidt, Stryker, Thompson, Winter, Wittman, Wolfe
Assistant Professor: Flores, Maldonado, Moberly
Lecturers: Barrington-Schmidt, Grimshaw, Gudino, Hall, Lanser, Psiropoulos, Sledge, Steele, Webb, Young, Zandarski

Office: Demergasso-Bava Hall (DBH) 264
Phone: (209) 667-3361


Bachelor of Arts in English  
Bachelor of Arts in English with Single Subject Matter Preparation in English (SSMP)  
Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)  
Minor in English  
Liberal Studies degree concentration in English   
Liberal Studies degree concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)   
Certificate in TESOL  
Master of Arts, English  
Journalism Minor  

The various programs are designed to provide the skills essential for fluent and mature expression in a student’s chosen field. Courses in literature and film familiarize students with important literary works and forms. Courses in Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing (RTW) prepare students to be excellent writers and editors. Courses in a pre-credential, Single Subject Matter Preparation in English prepare future teachers for the public schools. Courses in TESOL prepare teachers of English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language. In all of the English courses, students are encouraged to develop informed and independent critical thinking abilities and the skills to communicate articulately in both oral and written modes.

Master of Arts in English

There are three main concentrations of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in English : (1) a concentration in the literature of Britain and the United States (MA-LIT); (2) a concentration in rhetoric and the teaching of writing (MA-RTW); (3) a concentration in teaching English to speakers of other languages (MA-TESOL). Concentrations may be combined.

Teaching Credentials

Subject Matter Preparation Program

Those applying for admission to a single subject matter credential program, which is required to become a secondary school teacher, and who are interested in obtaining the required certification of subject matter competency in English, should obtain the description of requirements for certification currently available in the Department of English.

Upper-Division Writing Proficiency

Students graduating from Stanislaus State must demonstrate writing competency through satisfactory completion of a Writing Proficiency  course (WP) in any discipline. 

  is the upper-division gateway course and the required WP course for the English major. 

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The Department of English offers courses for students who speak English as a second or foreign language. The courses are designed for students whose proficiency in English is at a high-intermediate to advanced fluency level. The courses are designed to improve the writing and study skills of resident ESL students or newly arrived international students. Students in the courses normally are regularly enrolled students in the University.

English Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide all Stanislaus students the opportunity to achieve appropriate levels of proficiency in written communication.
  2. Share with our students a rich variety of American, British, and World texts.
  3. Guide our students to develop a broad range of interpretive abilities and analytical skills.
  4. Present the historical, cultural, and technical information necessary for students to become competent readers and scholars.
  5. Assist our students in the continual process of improving formal writing skills.
  6. Provide opportunities for students to practice their oral communication skills. 
  7. Support our students as they prepare for and enter into professional life.
  8. Engage prospective teachers in the philosophy and practice of teaching language arts in secondary schools.