Some students wishing to major in English have special interests or career objectives so different from those for which the other options are designed that another pattern of courses would better serve their personal educational needs. For those students, the Special Emphasis option offers an opportunity to pursue individually designed 41-unit programs of study. Student programs may center on technical writing, for example, or other writing goals; they may focus on American or English literature or literature in a particular genre, a particular historical period, or a particular theme.
A Special Emphasis program may include courses outside the Department of English closely related to a student's focus in English studies. At least 21 units must be earned in the Department of English at CSULB and at least 21 units of the program must be upper division. For degrees with more than four courses in any single other department, students should consider a Special Major in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.
Students wishing to take the Special Emphasis option must meet with the Department chair. Students must complete at least 15 upper-division units applicable to their Special Emphasis program after it has been officially approved.
Specific course requirements and limitations follow:
Take all of the following:
Electives in English and related fields are needed to make up a total of 41 units. These electives may not include ENGL 100 or 101.