Composition, Certificate of Adv. Study


Department of English

Certificate of Advanced Study in Composition

The Certificate in Composition is a postbaccalaureate course of study in the theory and pedagogy of teaching writing. It is designed for Valley classroom teachers, those considering doctoral study in English, candidates for the M.A. in English, and community college teachers.

ENGL 270 (4 units)
ENGL 281 (4 units)
Electives (LING 237, LING 244, LING 251; COMM 214; ENGL 265 or other electives approved by graduate adviser. Some of the courses may have prerequisites) (6-8 units)
Total (14-16 units)

The student must earn a grade of B or better in all certificate of advanced study coursework. Students who fail to earn at least a Bin a course may repeat it for an improved grade. Please note that grade substitution is not permitted at the graduate level and that a GPA of at least 3.0 must be accumulated for certificate of advanced study coursework.


The English Department consists of 26 full-time faculty whose teaching fields cover every area of literary studies and the humanities, including film and folklore. Most of the faculty have published books, textbooks, and articles in their disciplines, five have received outstanding teaching awards at the university, and one has received an outstanding teaching award for the entire CSU system. In addition, the faculty includes a number of lecturers, part-time instructors and teaching assistants, and the department operates an English writing lab staffed by tutors trained to work with students on an individual basis.

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