Literature is essential.  Whether we read novels and books of poetry, watch movies, or simply listen to our iPods, we all need some form of narrative or lyric art in our lives.  This is because fiction and poetry feed our imagination, teaching us about ourselves by fostering our creativity and individuality.  No matter who we are or who we plan to become, we need the stories and poems that constitute the literary arts.

The Department of English is home to the literary arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  It offers two major concentrations culminating in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), one in literary criticism and one in creative writing.  The concentration in literary criticism emphasizes the history and analysis of literature from Chaucer and Shakespeare through Comic Books and Hip Hop poetics.  The concentration in creative writing teaches the skills of fiction and poetry through small, workshop-based studio courses.  These two concentrations overlap so that all English majors learn the skills of literary criticism and the art of excellent writing.  The department also offers minor programs in literature and creative writing.

If you can articulate your ideas, you can succeed.  No matter what career challenges lie ahead of you, the skills of open-ended problem solving, rhetorical analysis, and synthetic writing are extremely powerful.  Ultimately, it is very difficult to learn these skills after graduation, and thus students who major in English are prepared to develop professional careers in law, publishing, advertising, public relations, journalism, broadcasting, teaching, public administration, and sales, as well as creative and technical writing. 

Career Services (www.colorado.edu/career) helps students discover who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there. They are the bridge between academics and the world of work.

Career Services offers free services for all CU-Boulder degree-seeking students, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Meet individually the staff to discuss major and career exploration, internship or job searching, and graduate school preparation.

The Department of English is located in Hellems, the building surrounding the Mary Rippon Shakespeare Theatre.  In addition to the two major concentrations and the minor, the department actively supports a number of university programs, such as Honors and study abroad.

English majors can apply to write a creative or critical honors thesis, the successful defense of which results in the designation of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude at graduation.  The Honors thesis is an independent project that the student designs by working one-on-one with a faculty director. Information on honors is available on the English department website, the Honors website, or by visiting the Student Services Office in Hellems.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers students a chance to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research. Learn to write proposals, conduct research, pursue creative work, analyze data and present the results. For more information, call UROP at 303-492-2596, (http://enrichment.colorado.edu/urop/).

The experience of studying abroad can prove invaluable for an English major.  Your first-hand experience abroad can provide you with new insights into the study of English and American Literature. This is true whether you study in an English-speaking country or in a country where another language is predominant. The university offers more than 100 programs throughout the world – many for academic credit. You may spend a few weeks to a full academic year abroad, depending on the program you select.  Prior language study or other prerequisites are necessary for some programs, so early planning for study abroad is essential. Further information about study abroad is available from the Office of International Education which is located in the Center for Community. Visit the homepage at: http://studyabroad.colorado.edu/.

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan.
 

English Literature 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

 

First Year – Fall Semester
ENGL 2102
(3): Literary Analysis
ENGL (3): Required Elective (see Degree Audit for details)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower Division Written Communication)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year – Spring Semester
ENGL
(3): Historical Requirement (e.g., American Literature; see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Second Year – Fall Semester
ENGL 2112
(3): Intro to Literary Theory
ENGL (3): Historical Requirement (e.g., British Lit 1660-1900; see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science  http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)
Elective/MAPS (3)  

Second Year – Spring Semester
ENGL
(3): Historical Requirement (e.g., British Lit to 1660; see Degree Audit for choices)
ENGL (3): Genre, Media, and Advanced Writing course (see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science) 
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year – Fall Semester
ENGL
(3): Historical Requirement (e.g., Literatures in English, 1900-Present; see Degree Audit for choices)
ENGL (3): Required Elective (see Degree Audit for details)
CORE (4): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab) 
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
Elective (3): Upper-Division

Third Year – Spring Semester
ENGL
(3): Historical Requirement (e.g., Studies in Ethnicity, Race, Disability, Gender, & Sexualityl see Degree Audit for choices)
ENGL (3): Genre, Media and Advanced Writing (see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division


Fourth Year – Fall Semester
ENGL 4039
(3) Critical Thinking in English Studies
ENGL (3): Optional Elective* (consider 4000-level ENGL, internship, honors, etc.)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division

Fourth Year – Spring Semester
ENGL
(3): Optional Elective* (consider 4000-level ENGL, internship, honors, etc.)
ENGL (3): Optional Elective* (consider 4000-level ENGL, internship, honors, etc.)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division

*Students following the Literature track of the English major can take up to 3 optional ENGL electives, with a maximum of 45 total hours in ENGL cour

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan.
 

English Creative Writing 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

 

First Year – Fall Semester
ENGL 2102
(3): Literary Analysis
ENGL 1191 (3): Intro to Creative Writing
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year – Spring Semester
ENGL
(3): 2000-level Creative Writing Workshop (see Degree Audit for choices)
ENGL (3): Optional Elective*
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: US Context)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Second Year – Fall Semester
ENGL 2112
(3): Intro to Literary Theory
ENGL (3): 2000-level Creative Writing Workshop (see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science  http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science)
Elective/MAPS (3)  
Elective/MAPS (3)  

Second Year – Spring Semester
ENGL
(3): British Lit Requirement (see Degree Audit for choices)
ENGL (3): Upper-Division Creative Writing Workshop (see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science) 
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year – Fall Semester
ENGL
(3): Literature Requirement (see Degree Audit for choices)
ENGL (3): Optional Elective*
CORE (4): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab) 
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
Elective (3): Upper-Division

Third Year – Spring Semester
ENGL
(3): Upper-Division Creative Writing Workshop (see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division


Fourth Year – Fall Semester
ENGL
(3): 4000-level Creative Writing Workshop (see Degree Audit for choices)
ENGL (3): Genre, Media and Advanced Writing (see Degree Audit for choices)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideals & Values)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division

Fourth Year – Spring Semester
ENGL 4039
(3) Critical Thinking in English Studies
ENGL (3): Optional Elective* (e.g., another 4000-level Creative Writing workshop)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division

*Students following the Creative Writing track of the English major can take up to 3 optional ENGL electives, with a maximum of 45 total hours in ENGL coursework allowed.