Intelligent written and verbal communication, critical analysis, cultural consciousness, reading comprehension – these are skills that last a lifetime. Around here, they’re only the beginning.

The Department of English at the University of San Francisco offers both major and minor programs with a literature or writing concentration. Central to these programs is the belief that the close study of literature offers great pleasure, intellectual challenge and versatile training for a variety of careers. Our professors help students develop a greater understanding of the power of language and thought, the rich diversity of literary traditions and the cultural contexts of literary production. Students will mature as readers, thinkers and writers, be able to engage in analysis and discussion and write with acuity and critical self-awareness.

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Professor Christina Garcia Lopez provides feedback for students in Introduction to Literary Study.
Speaker Presenting to English Seminar
Sarah Rewers reads from her senior thesis during the Department of English Senior Seminar Conference.
Book Drive
Students show off donations during Sigma Tau Delta's book drive party.
Students in Peer Review Session
English majors participate in an in-class peer review session.


Course Description Catalog Now Available!

Please click this link to view the Spring 2015 English Department Course Catalog.

English Makes History!

During the Fall 2014 semester, the English Dept. course Oral History teamed up with Meals on Wheels to provide a unique service-learning opportunity for our students. Click this link to learn more:


San Francisco Poet Laureate and Activist Named USF Diversity Scholar

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If you ask celebrated poet and activist Janice Mirikitani, there’s no better classroom than the streets of San Francisco.


Raising Caps for Spring Graduates


USF hosts spring commencement exercises May 15-17, celebrating the achievements of more than 2,000 graduates.

Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., Named President of the University of San Francisco

USF President Elect Paul Fitzgerald SJ

Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., has been named the next president of the University of San Francisco, the 28th in its 159-year history. The USF Board of Trustees voted unanimously in a special session April 8 to appoint Fr. Fitzgerald, said Thomas E. Malloy ’61, board chair. Fr. Fitzgerald will take office Aug. 1.

USF Author Recommended by Oprah Magazine

Susan Steinberg

A book about bad girls and broken hearts landed a USF author on O, The Oprah Magazine’s fall 2013 reading list.