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About This Program

Giving you the information you need to make an educated decision about your English degree is a top priority for us, and so is delivering strong programs without breaking your bank. MSU Denver is among the most affordable four-year universities in the nation.


A literature concentration minor 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 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, the law, and the world of business.


A writing concentration minor provides 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 involves 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. Students must meet with a writing faculty advisor in order to understand prerequisites and select proper courses.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


The English program at MSU Denver offers you opportunities to stretch intellectually, creatively and professionally through internships, student teaching, the Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society and the following:

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

English Minor Careers Collage: Writing, Capitol building, typing on computer, lecture hall

An MSU Denver Minor in English can be your springboard to careers ranging from writing and teaching to law and public service. Here are a few career paths to consider:

  • Web content strategist
  • Social media manager
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Technical writer
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Lawyer
  • Higher education consultant
  • Fundraiser
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Brand manager
  • Grant writer
  • Screenwriter

Featured Faculty

Chereka DickersonChereka Dickerson

Assistant Professor Chereka Dickerson teaches African American literature and Black women writers. She is in the process of completing her Ph.D. dissertation in U.S. minority and women’s literature.


Cynthia KuhnCynthia Kuhn

Professor Cynthia Kuhn is the author of the Lila Maclean Mystery Series. Her debut novel, “The Semester of Our Discontent,” received the 2017 Agatha Award for best first mystery.


Jason MillerJason Miller

Professor Jason Miller is a fiction writer, screenwriter and Pushcart-Prize nominee whose work has been published in the Starry Night Literary Review, Literary Potpourri, Ink Pot #2, Burning Word and Outsider Ink among others.


Janet Hernandez (MSU Denver '17)

Janet Hernandez is the first student in MSU Denver history to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. During her Fulbright year, she will teach English and Spanish to elementary school children in South Korea.

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Alumni at Work

MSU Denver English program alumni have been hired by the following organizations:

  • Colorado Office of the Attorney General
  • Servicios de la Raza
  • Brain Balance Achievement Center
  • Aurora Public Schools Foundation
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Colorado Historical Society
  • Cesar Chavez Academy
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
  • California Department of Justice
  • Colorado Office of the Governor
  • Neighborhood Solutions
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Aurora Central High School
  • Bear Creek High School

MSU Denver English alumni have been accepted for post-graduate study at numerous schools, including:

  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • Regis University
  • University of London
  • University of Oregon
  • New York University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • McGill University

Department of English

Contact the Department of English

Email the Department of English

Phone: 303-615-1800

Fax: 720-778-5760

Campus Location:
King Center
4th floor

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 173362

Campus Box 32

Denver, Colorado 80217-3362