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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.


Program Options


English, B.A. Major (online)

  • No concentration
  • Literature, film and media studies

English, B.A. Major (on-campus)

  • No concentration
  • Literature, film and media studies
  • Writing
  • Secondary school teaching, leading to licensure
  • Literature

Linguistics, B.A. Major

English Teacher Licensure 7-12th Grade

Minor in Film and Media Studies (online)

Minor in Film and Media Studies (on-campus)

Minor in Rhetoric, Composition and Professional Writing

Minor in English

  • Literature concentration
  • Writing Concentration

Minor in Linguistics

  • Linguistics emphasis
  • Language emphasis

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:


Faculty


Chereka Dickerson_EnglishChereka 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 Kuhn_EnglishCynthia 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 Miller_EnglishJason 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.

 

 

 

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Featured Alumni


“I’ve had wonderful professors who’ve inspired me to continue my education and get the best out of my education.”

Janet Hernandez, MSU Denver ’17, 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.

Read more about Janet.


Alumni at Work


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

  • Cesar Chavez Academy
  • 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

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