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BA in English

Bachelor of Arts in English


The course of studies offered by the Department of English is designed to develop a student's ability to read literature responsibly and imaginatively, to foster an understanding and appreciation of our literary inheritance, and to provide the historical perspective from which to evaluate contemporary writing. Careful study of the use of the English language also should help a student to resist the misuse and corruption of language in politics, the media and elsewhere.

General Requirements:  Students majoring in English must complete a total of 39 hours in English. 27 hours must be earned in upper-division courses.  None of the required 39 hours may be taken Pass/Fail.  Only courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better may be counted toward the major.  A minimum of 15 upper-division hours of work in the English Major must be taken with the CU Denver English faculty.  Core composition courses ENGL 1010, 1020, and 2030 DO NOT count toward the English Major.  NOTE:  While students need only 39 hours to complete the major, they may not count more than 56 hours in the department toward graduation.  Double majors in English and English Writing are exempt from the 56-hour rule and must complete 63 hours total for both majors.

Focus of Study: One of Three Options

Students must choose one of three options:

  1. Literature
  2. Creative Writing (not the same as majoring in English Writing)
  3. Film Studies