Chair's Message

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

  • Literature
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Katherine Mack, Ph. D.

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