Widely recognized as one of the leading departments in the nation, English at UCLA long has been known for its innovative research and excellence in teaching. Today, the English Department maintains its strong commitment to traditional areas of study, while also supporting groundbreaking research and teaching in new and interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies. Each year, our stellar faculty of nationally and internationally renowned scholars offer a rich array of undergraduate and graduate courses which reflect the great breadth of literatures in English. Our undergraduate program offers students a historically informed and geographically diverse perspective on literature, while also developing writing and analytic skills. Students in our graduate program have the opportunity to engage a wide variety of critical and scholarly approaches to English literatures and cultures.


Richard Yarborough is this year's winner of the Academic Senate's Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award

When Richard Yarborough joined UCLA in 1979 as the English department’s solitary specialist in African American literature, he was tapped to teach the only course UCLA offered in that field. read more>>



Short poems capture hours spent in the English reading room

After toiling for 18 years in the English Department’s reading room, head librarian Lynda Tolly admits she would be hard-pressed to put into words what makes the wood-paneled sanctuary so special. read more>>