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Department of English


English Department
Wendell Phillips Center 151
Xiaojing Zhou
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211

Welcome to the Department of English at University of the Pacific. Our mission is to graduate students whose abilities in language and literature give them thoughtful and imaginative power to shape and influence ideas and practices in a complex, democratic society. 

The department offers concentrations in various genres of literature, language, writing, and film for students wishing to further focus on a particular field in their major. All courses offered aim to prepare students for careers and lives rich in critical thinking and literacy. 

Author Matt de la Pena '96 on writing, culture and life

Matt de la Pena

Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Pena '96 returned to campus in May to be the university's Commencement speaker and to be inducted into the liberal arts fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa.

De la Pena is the author of several young adult novels and picture books and is recognized as a champion of diversity.

English students Jennifer Morrow and Linda Machuca Barajas interviewed him the day before Commencement.  
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The Department of English is an active and thriving community, where students meet respected professionals who are using their own English degrees in innovative and exciting ways, and gain hands-on publishing experience by working on Pacific's nationally-recognized, award-winning literary magazine, Calliope. Our students graduate with real-world skills and a passion for literature and knowledge that give them a unique perspective on the world around them as they step into their futures.

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