Department Chair: Larry Hartsfield
Professors: Gordon Cheesewright, Larry Hartsfield, Delilah Orr, and Faron Scott
Associate Professors: Leslie Blood, Nancy Cardona, Shawn Fullmer, Jennifer Gehrman-Seis, and Michele Malach
Senior Lecturer: Steven Meyers
The work offered in English deals with several aspects of liberal education: the linguistic and literary history of Western culture; selected studies in non-Western literature in translation; human values; the relationships between cultures in the Southwest; and written and oral communication, both utilitarian and creative.
Students with other majors find courses in English valuable for their general educational development. In addition, the English Department offers supporting courses for the Native American and Indigenous Studies major, the Gender and Women’s Studies major, the Environmental Studies major, the Liberal Studies major, and other programs in intercultural studies.
English advisors can help students plan courses of study preparing them for graduate or professional school; careers in business, industry, or government; careers in communications, theatre, or teaching.
Minors in Literature , Communications , and Writing are available for students majoring in other disciplines.
Although the four options provide a wide range of choices in coursework tailored to students’ career and graduate school goals, students in all options share a core curriculum. This common curriculum is integrated around reading, critiquing, creating, and producing texts:
- Reading/Writing Texts - ENGL 268
- A lower division non-Western or Classical literature course (numerous choices)
- A survey of British or American literature - ENGL 230 or ENGL 240
- An upper division Writing course - ENGL 315 , ENGL 363 or ENGL 464
- An upper division Topics course - (numerous choices)
- Senior Seminar - ENGL 496
Communications Option : An English major with an emphasis on media and cultural theory and practice; preparation for graduate school or the industry.
Writing Option : An English major with an emphasis on writing; preparation for graduate school and writing-related careers.
General Option : An English major with an emphasis on traditional disciplinary training; preparation for graduate or professional school.
Secondary Teachers Option : An English major with emphasis on training to secondary educators. Students must complete teacher licensure requirements in order to complete this option, which provides high-quality academic preparation to students who wish to become Colorado licensed grades 7-12 English teachers.
Note: The Secondary Teachers Option is extremely demanding and requires careful planning and advising. Students choosing this option should consult an English Department advisor as early as possible in their careers, and should read the Teacher Education Licensure Program section of this catalog for the steps and requirements for applying to the Teacher Education Licensure Program and requirements for completing the program.
Major in English and Options
English Major - Communications Option
English Major - English for Secondary Teachers Option
English Major - General Option
English Major - Writing Option
Minors in English
English - Communications Minor
English - Literature Minor
English - Writing Minor