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Here are exciting Spring 2020 courses:

  • ENG 390F Language and Law, TR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. with Dr. Andrew Pantos. The language of laws, contracts, and crime investigations such as authorship, ambiguity, forensic phonetics, and more.
  • ENG 394F Star Trek, online with Dr. Vincent Piturro. TOS, TNG, DS9, the old movies and the reboots. Learn how the shows were ahead of their time and changed television in many ways. 
  • ENG 463A Hitchock, online with Dr. Vincent Piturro. Study the master of suspense from his silent film days to all of his greats: Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Birds, and more.
  • ENG 2150 39188 Legends of Troy, MW 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. with Dr. Pam Troyer. Paris judges a rigged beauty contest. Aphrodite wins. Helen is his reward. Everyone wants in on the action! Achilles, Odyesseus, Hercules, Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo, Athena. The rest is epic!
  • ENG 2500 30122 Introduction to Creative Writing, MW 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. with Prof. RenĂ©e Ruderman. Enjoy your coffee while writing early in the morning, the best time to write. Share your writing in workshops; experiment in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama.
  • ENG 2850 International Film, online with various instructors. This General Studies course also fulfills the Global Designation; you get to screen films from Italy, France, Germany, China, Japan, Iran, Senegal, among other countries.
  • ENG 2860 Intro to Film and Media, online with Dr. Vincent Piturro. This course in the Film and Media Studies Minor covers essential elements of TV and film. Films screened include Hidden Figures, Arrival, The Revenant, and Citizen Kane. TV shows include Game of Thrones and Star Trek.
  • ENG 3501 Rhetoric & Writing: Style, TR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. with Dr. Elizabeth Kleinfeld. What arguments do your favorite style guides make? What arguments does your style make?
  • ENG 3507 39196 Writing Reviews & Criticsm, T 5:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. with Dr. Jane Chapman Vigil. In this course, students learn the basics of writing reviews and criticism, focusing on purposes, conventions, and techniques.  Emphasis will be placed on writing literature reviews, book reviews, and reviews of other cultural artifacts, including film, food, and art, for both scholarly and popular audiences. #writingforthemasses.
  • ENG 3712 History of Cinema II, online with Dr. Vincent Piturro. This course covers film from 1938 to present, including important movements like Classic Hollywood, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, American Independent Cinema, and other recent world cinema.
  • ENG 3770 Multicultural Cinema, online with Dr. Chereka Dickerson. Counts as the University's Multicultural credit. The course will cover four areas: African American, Asian American, Latinx American, and Native American films
  • LING 2011 37977 Origins of English Words, TR 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. with Dr. Pam Troyer. Explore the origins of words such as: Nike - Greek Goddess; Hoodie - Old English; Coffee - Arabic; Chocolate - Aztec; Bagel - Yiddish; Plaid - Celtic; Library - Latin; Chipmunk - Algonquin.



Even from this Distance

The English Department is hosting Even from this Distance, literary salon at Emmanuel Gallery on Tues., Nov. 5, beginning at 3:30 p.m.. For more information, please email Prof. Renee Ruderman.

Free Admission

Event sponsored by MSU Denver Department of English, Emmanuel Gallery, and Sigma Tau Delta Alpha Psi student affiliate chapter


English Major Career Panel

Meet with professionals who have made successful careers with their English or linguistics degrees. Come by for sound advice regarding career paths and ways to leverage the skills you are acquiring now into great careers later.

Tues., Nov. 12, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., King Center Rm 305. Questions? Ask Prof. Renee Ruderman.

Free Admission


As We Have Always Done:A Lecture by Indigenous Scholar and Artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

"Leeanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renown Michi Saagiig Nishnaaberg scholar, writer and artist, who is widely recognized as one of the most compelling indigenous voices of her generation."

Mon., Nov. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tivoli Rm 440

This event is co-sponsored by MSU Denver Department of English, CU Denver departments of Political Science, Philosophy, and a Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Grant


Associate Professor Renee Ruderman reads her poetry during a Sigma Tau Delta literary salon.

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