Any college can change your resume. Western State Colorado University will change your life.
Our English Standard major combines literature, theory and creative writing, fostering a community in which every voice is heard and valued.
You will learn from professors who share not only their knowledge, but who also extend themselves as real people with diverse interests and widely varying backgrounds.
What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?
Hone your critical-thinking abilities and formulate arguments that reflect independent and original ideas. The English Standard program is for those willing to take risks with their interpretations and provide support with text- and theory-based evidence. You will leave the program with a strong foundation, writing purposefully and effectively to communicate your thoughts.
Beyond the Classroom
You don’t have to be in the English Creative Writing emphasis or Secondary Licensure track to participate in their sponsored events and programs. Our Standard majors are WordHorde performers who slam poetry and fiction at open-mic nights. They are teaching assistants for writing courses, proud members of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta and playwrights for the Theatre program’s stage productions.
Your English education sticks with you long after you’ve left Western. Thinking critically, with conviction, and being able to analyze complexity will extend beyond literature to your life choices.
Because writing and communicating are implicit values, our graduates have chosen paths that reflect their passions. They pursue graduate degrees in English, education, fashion, interdisciplinary studies, medicine, law, mental health counseling, copywriting and the culinary arts. They work for non-profits and the hospitality industry. And they travel abroad, teaching English as a foreign language.