English Major, B.A.
What comes to mind when you think about studying English? Do you think: grammar and spelling and books by dead white men? Do you think: dead-end jobs and vows of poverty? Do you think: boring, antiquated and irrelevant?
Then you haven’t attended an English class at MSU Denver.
At MSU Denver we are out to change the stereotypes of what it means to study English. Offering a well-rounded, diverse curriculum that will ask you to think harder, write better and read wider than you ever have before, you will encounter works across genders, genres, cultures and ethnicities that will expand your mind and your world.
You will also have the chance learn outside the classroom. Complete an internship at a local magazine. Travel to India to study Bollywood cinema. Present your research at a national conference. These are just a few of the ways you can build on the analytical, creative and communication skills you will develop as a MSU Denver English major.
Better yet, as an English major, you can study what you love while amassing a resume and portfolio you can take with you into graduate school, law school and compelling careers in fields such as digital media, marketing, advertising, law, education, publishing, fundraising and many more.
MSU Denver’s English program offers the choice of four concentrations and several minors so you can customize your English degree to your goals.
Explore widely in this flexible concentration that allows you to individualize your degree with classes in literature, linguistics, professional writing, creative writing and cinema studies.
Develop strong analytical and communication skills by studying a wide range of British, American and World literary works.
Evolve as a writer through the study and practice of professional/scholarly writing (composition and rhetoric), creative writing (fiction, poetry, screenwriting and nonfiction) or a mixture of both.
Prepare to become a passionate advocate of the written word and a licensed secondary school teacher.
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
The English degree 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:
- MSU Denver’s Annual Writing Contest
- Writing Center Internships
- Annual Undergraduate English Conference
- Metrosphere Arts and Literary Magazine
- Indian Cinema Study Abroad Course
- Student Organizations
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
An MSU Denver Bachelor of Arts in English can be your springboard to careers ranging from writing and teaching to law and public service. Here are a few career paths to consider:
- Web content strategist
- Social media manager
- Technical writer
- Higher education consultant
- Nonprofit administrator
- Brand manager
- Grant writer
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Alumni at Work
MSU Denver English program alumni have been hired by the following organizations:
- Colorado Office of the Attorney General
- Servicios de la Raza
- Brain Balance Achievement Center
- Aurora Public Schools Foundation
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Colorado Historical Society
- Cesar Chavez Academy
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
- California Department of Justice
- Colorado Office of the Governor
- Neighborhood Solutions
- University of Chicago Press
- 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
As an English major, the spectrum of courses you can choose from is staggering. Here’s a small sample:
- LGBT Literature
- The English Bible as Literature
- Harlem Renaissance
- Cinema Genre: Horror
- Gender in the Graphic Novel
- Classical Mythology
- Hip Hop and Literature
- Young Adult Literature
- Writing Reviews and Criticism
Facilities and Resources
Adjacent to downtown Denver, MSU Denver’s campus is within walking distance from the city’s many cultural and entertainment attractions such as the Denver Public Library, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex, Denver Art Museum and the Colorado History Museum.
The MSU Denver Department of English also houses the MSU Denver Writing Center, a writing-help resource for all MSU Denver students.