Upon the successful completion of the undergraduate degree (major) at CU Boulder English, students will be able to demonstrate, in speech and in writing, a comprehensive understanding of:

  • canonical and non-canonical works of English and American literature;
  • the history of British and American literature;
  • literary theories, including recent theoretical developments;
  • the social and historical contexts in which the traditions developed; and
  • the summary, analysis, and interpretative process, including contextualizing written interpretation comparatively to other texts.

Upon the successful completion of the undergraduate degree in creative writing, students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of:

  • literary works, including the genres of fiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting, and the major texts of contemporary writers;
  • literary history, including the origins and development of genres, major writers of the past, and the role of the writer in society; and
  • literary analysis, including theories of literary composition and critical theory.
  • In addition, students are expected to demonstrate the abilities to write in various poetic modes and styles, fictive styles, nonfiction styles, and evaluate other students' written work.