The English Department at CU Boulder is an inclusive culture that welcomes all, and is committed to providing essential skills in language, writing, research, close reading, and critical thinking across multiple genres, applicable to a multitude of career fields, while allowing students to study what they love. Our priority is to cultivate empathetic and responsible engagement with texts, peers, and community on a variety of scales, from local to international in a changing world to solve longstanding and emerging problems.

In small classes, with faculty who will get to know each student, they will get to read, think and write about questions central to the humanities such as: what makes us human? how can we act ethically? what is the place of art in social and political life? 

The life-long skills and ideas acquired in the English Department prepare students for a variety of career paths while encouraging them to contribute to scholarly, creative, and civic life in Boulder and beyond in their future endeavors.

The PhD program in English at the University of Colorado Boulder has suspended admissions for Fall 2021, for this year only.  We will resume admissions next year for Fall 2022.  We’ve decided to take this pause in order to support our current PhD students to the best of our abilities during challenging times. We will continue to admit students to our MA and MFA programs. Applicants who have either begun or submitted applications will be contacted directly.

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