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English Department

Believing that literature is a profound expression of human experience, the English Department uses a range of critical methods to introduce students to literatures in English from a variety of cultural traditions. The department further encourages students—developing poets, fiction writers, playwrights, and essayists—to express the richness of experience in original creative writing and journalism.

Why study English at LMU? In small classes, you’ll work closely with faculty members who are committed teachers, scholars, and artists. Every year, the department supports a full calendar of literary events, and it produces three student-edited journals: LA Miscellany, Criterion, and The Truth About the Fact. The department also offers internships in media, and runs the university-wide LMU Writing Awards. It further supports the innovative Syntext program, which includes courses such as RoadWrite and StreetWrite. These courses take students into the city of Los Angeles and to other regions of California that have inspired literature.

Within this rich and dynamic environment, you’ll prepare for a lifetime of reading, writing, enlightenment, and fulfillment in your personal life and in your career.


Pictured above: Selections from LMU Library's Archives and Special Collections. This photo and photos on Graduate Program pages by Melanie Hubbard.


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LMU Department of English
One LMU Drive, Suite 3800
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
t. 310-338-3018 f. 310-338-7727
Senior Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Maria Jackson