Department of English
English Major for Bachelor of Arts
The English major may choose an emphasis in one of the following:
- secondary school teaching, leading to licensure.
English Major without a Concentration (Open Major)
For students majoring in English without a concentration, the program provides a foundation in literature, language, writing, visual literacy, and teaching. Thus, students’ command of written language, their ability to analyze concepts, and their broad understanding of human nature and social realities will enable them to be competitive in a variety of fields, including education, business, and civil service or, with appropriate graduate work, in professions such as law and higher education.
English Major with a Literature Concentration
The literature concentration encompasses a range of American, British, and World literatures; students examine how written texts record the complex interactions between particular people and cultures in history. The curriculum explores major periods, movements, issues, forms, and innovations, as well as a large number of important authors of diverse backgrounds. Through the analysis of such literatures, students develop the critical skills to negotiate texts in contexts, in order better to engage with writing and with life in the world. 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, law, and business.
English Major with a Writing Concentration
The writing concentration major 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 in English. The program immerses students in reading, writing, and language and helps prepare them for graduate school or vocation while clearly placing them in the tradition of the liberal arts.
English Major with a Secondary School 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.