Department of English

Welcome to the Department of English

Departmental Mission Statement

The English Department is committed to exemplary teaching, research, creative work, and service. Through engaged study of diverse texts and contexts, we foster a love of language, critical research, respect for evidence, thinking at multiple levels and across multiple genres, and strong close reading. In learning to read and write critically and imaginatively, UCCS English majors will express themselves with clarity, agility, and confidence in diverse settings. The English Department educates students campus-wide in their development as writers and cultivates a responsible and empathetic approach to peers, texts, and communities. We contribute to a scholarly, creative, and civic life in the Colorado Springs community and to the discipline of English Studies nationally and internationally.

Chair's Message

The Department of English at UCCS offers a Bachelor of Arts in English with distinct emphases:

  • Literature
  • Professional and Technical Writing
  • Rhetoric and Writing
  • Secondary Education
  • Pre-Licensure Elementary Education and Pre-Licensure Special Education

Many of our graduates have gone on to teaching careers in elementary education, secondary education, special education, and higher education. Alumni who pursue teaching careers have placed well locally and nationally. Teaching at any level is an important and meaningful career. Yet the English major provides transferrable skills adaptable to a variety of careers and has been called the most useful pre-professional degree.

Aside from those who pursue teaching careers upon graduation, our alumni have been accepted into some of the finest graduate schools in the nation. Additionally, our graduates have found careers in business, technical writing, publishing, creative writing, law, journalism, non-profit foundations, government, and library sciences, among others.

The English major focuses on the development of a variety of skills, including the following:
  • Analyzing texts from a range of genres that represent various literary cultures, historical periods, and civic movements
  • Reading written, visual, and digital texts closely and critically
  • Conducting scholarly research
  • Evaluating and synthesizing evidence
  • Composing writing that responds effectively to an array of rhetorical contexts, purposes, and audiences
We also offer minors in English in a variety of areas:
  • Creative Writing
  • Professional and Technical Writing
  • Rhetoric and Writing
  • Literature
Our faculty comprises experienced and engaged teachers who are professionally active and who publish research and/or creative work in their respective fields:
  • British and American literature
  • Rhetoric and Writing
  • Professional and Technical Writing
  • Gender Studies, Critical Theory, and Critical Race Studies
  • Rhetoric and Writing Theory and Pedagogy
  • Eco-Criticism and Sustainability
  • The literatures of diversity and inclusion
  • Creative Writing
Please visit the links on our web site for more information about our Department and our courses.



On Memory: A Scholarship Power Hour

Stephen Carter, Christine Robinson, Dustin Stewart, and Susan Taylor
Fascination, Posthumanism & the Memoir, Blake & Time, the “Trace”…
The Heller Center
7 to 8:30 pm

Poets, Poems & a Poetry Store

Jonathan Fey, Tony Friedhoff and his advanced poetry students
Original work and a close reading in the store that an alumnus co-founded
Mountain Fold Books
121 E. Costilla Street
3-4 pm

Travelwriting Workshop

Catherine Grandorff
What makes for good travel writing? Try this generative workshop!
Room 300 in the Kraemer Family Library
2-4 pm

Persuasion: A Movie & Talk

Joan Ray
Come hear a world-renowned Austen expert introduce this film.
Room 106 in Dwire Hall
7 pm

Map This Walk

Nate Seibert leads a “poetics of cartography.” Learn with your feet.
Meet outside of Columbine Hall
10-11 am

Make It New: Painting a Poetry Mural

Mia Alvarado
Put on your grubby clothes, grab your brushes and come paint!
Location TBA
8 am- 4 pm


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College of Letters, Arts & Sciences | Department of English
Phone: (719) 255-4018 | Location: CoH 1045
Department Chair Dr. Lesley Ginsberg | Phone: (719) 255-4004 |
Administrative Contact: Rose Johnson | Phone: (719) 255-4018 |