Department Chair Message

Welcome to the web page of the Department of English at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  We offer the B.A. in English with options in Literature, Professional and Technical Writing, Rhetoric and Writing, Secondary Teaching, Pre-Licensure for Elementary Teaching, and Pre-Licensure for Special Education . We also offer minors in Creative Writing, Professional and Technical Writing, Rhetoric and Writing, and Literature.

It is often assumed that teaching is all you can do with an English degree. Teaching at any level is an important and meaningful career, and our graduates place well.  But the English major offers a lot of flexibility; indeed, it has been called the most useful pre-professional degree.

Besides education, students with the B.A. in English go on to graduate school and/or to careers in publishing, business, creative writing, journalism, law, non-profit foundations, government, and library sciences. 

WHY? The English major gives you experience in

  • textual inquiry into literatures from cultures besides our own, as well as those representing various historical periods,
  • close reading,
  •  oral communication, 
  • the skills needed to conduct research and to evaluate evidence,
  • and perhaps most usefully, the techniques of writing clearly, cogently, and correctly so that you put all of your experiences into play

Our faculty is comprised of great teachers who are professionally active with research in their fields in British, American, and Ethnic/Minority literature, as well as Rhetoric and Writing. We offer a state-of-the-art Writing Program in academic writing, as well as courses in Creative Writing (poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose) and the Professional Writing Track (to meet the needs of various businesses).

Please visit the links that describe all that is available to you in the Department of English. 

We look forward to teaching you.