English

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.

After Graduation

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.

Courses

 ENG 99 - BASIC WRITING (3 credits)

Provides students with practice in generating and developing writing about academic topics and preparation for ENG 102 Academic Writing. For students who do not meet the College Level Entry Standards set by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Offered through Extended Studies for an additional fee. Credit does not count toward graduation. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

 ENG 102 - ACADEMIC WRITING GC01 (3 credits)

Academic Writing: Provides students the opportunity to practice strategies for developing writing projects on unfamiliar topics in unfamiliar formats to become more effective and efficient writers.Writers learn to practice strategies for making the writing more comprehensible for readers and to use a wide range of writing processes for getting started, developing, organizing, and polishing writing projects. Prerequisites (one of the following): ENG 099

 ENG 102 - ACADEMIC WRITING GCO1 (3 credits)

Academic Writing: Provides students the opportunity to practice strategies for developing writing projects on unfamiliar topics in unfamiliar formats to become more effective and efficient writers.Writers learn to practice strategies for making the writing more comprehensible for readers and to use a wide range of writing processes for getting started, developing, organizing, and polishing writing projects. Prerequisites (one of the following): ENG 099

 ENG 150 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (3 credits)

An introduction to literature with focus on a specific theme, form, or topic. Prerequisites (one of the following): ENG 099

 ENG 197 - ST:CREATIVE WRITING (3 credits)

A study of a particular topic of interest to students of English to be announced each time the course is offered.

 ENG 205 - CREATIVE WRITING (3 credits)

An introduction to the basic techniques of writing fiction and poetry. Models of each are studied, and students write and share pieces in both of these literary forms. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of "C-".

 ENG 238 - LIT CULTR OF THE AMERICAN WEST (3 credits)

A study of traditional and nontraditional forms of Western literature. Specific titles to be announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of "C-."

 ENG 248 - FILM AS LIT LIT AS FILM (3 credits)

A focus on the development of film and its cultural impact, with special emphasis on the relationship between film as a visual medium and literature as a verbal medium. After examining a selection of short stories and novels and the film adaptations based upon them, students are given the opportunity to write some film criticism of their own. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of "C-."

 ENG 250 - CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LITERAT (3 credits)

Students study a variety of genres as a basis of learning to write literary analysis. Focus is on an understanding of the varied perspectives from which a text can be approached, and how readers construct meaning based not only upon the text itself, but also the context in which it is studied. The critical approach as well as theme or topic may vary. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of "C-."

 ENG 255 - ANCIENT WORLD LITERATURE GAH3 (3 credits)

A study of ancient texts and their relation to their own time, and to ours. Since an understanding of these writings is important for reading English literature, the focus of the course is on Western texts central to that tradition. However, students may also read selected works from non-Western cultures in order to give them a taste of the diversity of the ancient world. Works studied may include selections from the Bible (Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament), Homer's writings, poetry and theatre of Classical Greece, Chinese poetry from the Book of Songs, a selection from the Mahabharata, and Roman poetry, particularly Virgil and Ovid. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of "C-."

 ENG 300 - CREATIVE WRITING:FICTION (3 credits)

Models are studied, and students read and respond to one another's writing. This course may incorporate narrative theory. Prerequisite: ENG 205 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 337 - WOMEN WRITERS (3 credits)

Analysis of the poetry, drama, or fiction of women writers. Emphasis is on 19th century, 20th century, or contemporary writers. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 371 - LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM (3 credits)

An introduction to some of the primary conversations structuring debates in literary theory and criticism. Students learn to identify central questions, assumptions, and conflicts in theoretical and critical texts. Students also gain an understanding of the ways that theory and criticism influence their immediate experiences in English courses. Prerequisites: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C" and at least one 300-level literature course, or instructor permission.

 ENG 372 - BRIT LIT:MEDVL RENAISSN TEXTS (3 credits)

A study of British Literature focusing on the major genres for the Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and Renaissance periods, ending with the Metaphysical poets (800 A.D. to early 1600s). Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 463 - MAJ BRIT AUTH: Contemporary (3 credits)

An in-depth study of selected, significant authors that approaches works from similar or cross-historical periods of British literature. Course may be repeated once for credit when taken with a different emphasis. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C" and junior standing.

 ENG 475 - THEORIES RDG WRTNG DISCOURSE (3 credits)

An in-depth study of selected, significant authors that approaches works from similar or cross-historical periods of American literature. Course may be repeated once for credit when taken with a different emphasis. Prerequisites: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of ¿C¿ and minimum junior standing.

Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Cope/Chevron Scholarship

Available to:
English majors at Western State Colorado University who have full junior or senior standing and who have completed or are currently completing two full years as a student of a modern language other than English.

Provided by:
Dr. John Cope, Sr., long-time employee of Chevron Corporation and father of John Q. Cope, Associate Professor emeritus of English at Western State Colorado University.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Communication Arts, Languages and Literature.

Application:
Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943- 2025 - Taylor Hall 216

 Gerhardt, Charles Memorial Scholarship

Available to:
Applicants for the Charles J. Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship must be full time, junior or senior level sudents majoring in either Art or English and must be maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. The award will alternate every year between an Art and English major.

Provided by:
Family and friends to honor the memory of one of Western's most outstanding students and to perpetuate his name as a symbol to other young men and women of outstanding achievement.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Art and Music or Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Communication Arts, Language and Literature.

Application:
Submit a letter of application and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the appropriate department to the chairperson of the appropriate department (see other below). Deadline is April 1st.

Other:
Award is rotated among the two departments. For Spring 2012 students need to contact the English Department.

 Gerhardt, Charles Memorial Scholarship

Available to:
Applicants for the Charles J. Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship must be full time, junior or senior level sudents majoring in either Art or English and must be maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. The award will alternate every year between an Art and English major.

Provided by:
Family and friends to honor the memory of one of Western's most outstanding students and to perpetuate his name as a symbol to other young men and women of outstanding achievement.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Art and Music or Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Communication Arts, Language and Literature.

Application:
Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943- 2025 - Taylor Hall 216

Other:
Award is rotated among the two departments. For Spring 2012 students need to contact the CALL Department.

 Haley, Glen W. & Borland, Dr. Lois, English Memorial Scholarship

Available to:
Upper division English majors who have maintained a 3.0 GPA. Recipient must be dedicated to and have demonstrated exceptional ability in some genre of creating writing, including, but not necessarily limited to: fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, playwriting (as judged by the English Department faculty).

Provided by:
The estate of Evelyn L. Haley.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
The English Department faculty in consultation with the Director of Financial Aid.

Application:
Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943- 2025 - Taylor Hall 216

 Mitchell, Valerie Ann Memorial English Scholarship

Available to:
Full time students majoring in English who have earned a 3.5 GPA in a minimum of 75 semester hours. Students should also be able to demonstrate the highest standards of personal conduct, leadership within the division, academic achievement, and potential for service to mankind.

Provided by:
An anonymous donor to perpetuate among contemporary young people the memory of Valerie Ann Mitchell, who was an outstanding example of performance in scholarship and citizenship.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Scholarship Selection committee, Department of Communication Arts, Languages and Literature.

Application:
Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943- 2025 - Taylor Hall 216

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Senior Lecturer in English
B.A., Western State College of Colorado; M.A., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-2099
Office Location: Taylor Hall 225B
Lecturer in English
B.A., Saint John's College; Ph.D., University of Denver.
Phone: (970) 943-2585
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208A
Professor of English
B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University.
Phone: (970) 943-2088
Office Location: Taylor Hall 220B
Chair, Department of Communication Arts, Languages, and Literature; Professor of English
B.A., Russell Sage College; , Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany.
Phone: (970) 943-2456
Office Location: Taylor Hall 216A
Lecturer in English, Director of the Writing Program
B.A., University of New Hampshire; , M.A., Northern Arizona University
Phone: (970) 943-7140
Office Location: Library 120
Lecturer in English
B.A., University of Denver; M.A., Temple University
Phone: (970) 943-2579
Office Location: Taylor Hall 225C
Professor of English
B.A., M.A., Eastern New Mexico University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
Phone: (970) 943-2016
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208G
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
B.A., University of Bergen, Norway; , M.A., Ph.D., University of Munich, Germany
Phone: (970) 943-2091
Office Location: Taylor 322E
Phone: (970) 943-2025
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