Department of English
We offer degrees in English and Linguistics.
Prepare for Your Advising Appointment
Current students are invited to meet with an advisor before registering for courses.
- Advising is offered on a drop-in basis or by appointment. It's best to meet with an English professor who is listed as an advisor for your major or minor. Please check Advising Hours Spring 2020
- From the list below, choose your major or minor.
- Select your major or minor and download a current departmental advising handout with a list of required classes.
- Bring the handout to your advising appointment.
Talk about Your Goals
Your faculty advisor is a great resource! Use your advising appointment to pave a smooth path toward graduation and beyond.
Ask for information about upcoming courses. Discuss how you can best meet the degree requirements to graduate on-time. The Department of English assesses each major in designated capstone courses. Ask your English faculty advisor about the sequencing of your major or minor required courses. For detailed descriptions of current major and minor requirements, please see the MSU Denver Catalog, LAS-English section. Specific course descriptions are also included in the catalog.
Your advising appointment is also a good opportunity to discuss the transition after graduation. Many English faculty advisors assist our pre-professional student organizations and regional and local events. Find out how you get involved, too. Brainstorm with your faculty advisor about internships, career fairs, and graduate school information sessions.
English Major for Bachelor of Arts
The English major may choose an emphasis in one of the following:
The English major in literature encompasses a full range of American, British, and world literature. The program provides a strong foundation of courses in literature and language, sequenced to cultivate a sense of literary development, and fosters an increasing familiarity with major works and writers, critical theory, literary terminology, and research materials. Because of their command of the written language, their ability to deal with ideas and concepts as well as facts, and their broader understanding of human nature and social realities, literature majors are valued in many fields, including academe and the world of business.
The writing emphasis provides extensive study, practice, and opportunity for performance in various modes and genres of writing as well as a foundation in the appreciation of the literary heritage available in the English language. Courses should be selected after consultation with a writing faculty advisor.
English Secondary Teaching Concentration
The education emphasis in English, offered in conjunction with the Colorado State Department of Education licensure program, prepares future teachers of English to understand and teach the diverse subject matter required for licensure. This program equips students with a wide variety of language principles and skills; practical experience in developing and presenting the process of writing; sound knowledge of approaches to literature and literary genres, periods, and authors (including a special focus on young adult literature); and an understanding of communication and media as used in English studies. In addition to meeting specified state and departmental requirements, this program offers students the opportunity to develop further specialization in writing, language, or literature to complement the major.
Linguistics Major for Bachelor of Arts
The Linguistics major is designed to help students gain knowledge about language and its significance in society, to aid students in critical thinking, and to prepare them for a world of linguistic diversity. This major is excellent for students who are planning careers in business, law, education, or writing. The major also prepares students for graduate programs in linguistics or a particular linguistics subfield, such as anthropological linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, modern or classical languages, or ESL.
The English minor may choose an emphasis in one of the following:
The literature concentration encompasses a range of American, British, and world literature. The program provides a strong foundation of courses in literature and language, sequenced to cultivate a sense of literary development and foster an increasing familiarity with major works and writers, critical theory, literary terminology, and research materials. Because of their command of the written language and their ability to deal with ideas and concepts as well as facts, literature majors are valued in many fields, including academe, the law, and the world of business.
The writing emphasis provides extensive study, practice, and opportunity for performance in various modes and genres of writing as well as a foundation in the appreciation of the literary heritage available in the English language. Courses should be selected after consultation with a creative writing faculty advisor.
Rhetoric, Composition and Professional Writing Minor
A minor in Rhetoric, Composition and Professional Writing provides a program of study to help students learn to use rhetoric and to see how language and writing shape actions and attitudes to form persuasive discourse in a variety of contexts. Students study contemporary and classical rhetoric and composition theory, as well as visual literacy, research methodologies, and professional writing. This minor complements any major on campus and gives students the opportunity to improve critical reading, writing, and thinking skills, as well as to conduct original, undergraduate research, to compose and interpret texts using multiple modes, including written, digital, and visual, to learn to tutor or teach writing, and to acquire competence in critical analysis and effective communication.
Film and Media Studies Minor
Cinema Studies Minor
Film and Media Studies involves critical attention to the art of motion pictures designed for public, theatrical projection--that is, movies. The minor degree program and the closely aligned certificate program include study of cinematic genres and forms, critical vocabulary, historical perspectives, worldwide cultural contexts, and directorial achievements inside or outside the film industry. Advising and instruction draw on faculty from the Departments of Art, English, Speech, and Modern Languages, but most of the coursework in this program is offered by the Department of English.
The Linguistics minor may choose an emphasis in one of the following:
The language and linguistics minors offer concepts about, theories of, and analytical techniques in natural language. The concentrations represent an intellectual discipline in itself and simultaneously serve the interests of future teachers, students of literature and writing, and others who have a continuing fascination with language as language. Taken in an appropriate order made evident by careful advising, the courses in each program educate students both to use and to appreciate their languages. The minors require students to engage in vigorous, progressively more explicit and precise analysis and synthesis as they examine facts and fallacies about the miracle of language.