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  • Contemporary Writer Series: Emerging and established literary artists visit campus and community venues.
     
  • Playwriting: Script plays for the Theatre program.
     
  • Sigma Tau Delta: Join the international English honor society.
     
  • Teaching Assistantships: Students help fellow students in challenging writing courses.
     
  • Wordehorde: This group hosts slam poetry and fiction at open-mic nights.
     
  • Writing Center: Work as a writing consultant for the greater campus community.

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: Amount TBD

Eligibility

  • English majors at Western Colorado University who have full junior or senior standing 
  • Have completed or are currently completing two full years as a student of a modern language other than English

Description

This scholarship is 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. 

Award depends on funds available.

Selected By: Scholarship Selection Committee of the Department of Communication Arts, Languages & Literature.

Application:

Contact the CALL Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2025 | Taylor Hall 216

Gerhardt, Charles Memorial Scholarship: Amount TBD

Eligibility

  • Full-time student
  • Must be a junior or a senior majoring in wither Art or English
  • Must have and maintain a 3.25 or above cumulative GPA

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends to honor the memory of one of Western's most outstanding students and to perpetuate their name as a symbol to others of outstanding achievement. The award will alternate every year between an Art and English major.

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 (follow links below).

Deadline is April 1st.

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

Eligibility

  • Upper-division English majors
  • Maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • 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 or playwriting. 

Description

This scholarship is provided by the estate of Evelyn L. Haley.

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: Amount TBD

Eligibility

  • Full-time students majoring in English
  • 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

Description

This scholarship is 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.

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

Michiko Jo Arai headshot
Senior Lecturer in English
Office Location: Taylor Hall 225B
Elisabeth C. Bell, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in English and Communication Arts
Phone: 970.943.2087
Email:
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208C
Kelsey L. Bennett, Ph.D. headshot
Honors Program Director
Phone: 970.943.7021
Office Location: Taylor Hall Honors Center 110A
Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D. headshot
Interim Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing
Phone: 970.943.2298
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
Elizabyth  Hiscox, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of English; Director of the Contemporary Writer Series
Phone: 970.943.2178
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208E
Christine Jespersen, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of English
Phone: 970.943.2088
Office Location: Taylor Hall 218
Douglas S. Jones, MFA headshot
Lecturer in English
Phone: 970.943.2171
Office Location: Taylor Hall 220A
Michael King, J.D. headshot
Instructor in Behavioral & Social Sciences Department
Phone: 970.943.2041
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208B
Alina M. Luna, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of English
Phone: 970.943.2456
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208F
Terry Schliesman, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of Communication Arts, Chair of CALL Department
Phone: 970.943.2036
Office Location: Taylor Hall 216
Liz Smith, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in English
Phone: 970.943.2124
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208A
Mark Todd, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of English
Phone: 970.943.2016
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208G

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

 ENG 205 - Introduction to 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 230 - Environmental Literature (3 credits)

A study of environmental literature. Students analyze the formal and thematic characteristics of the literature. To inform critical interpretations, students read relevant cultural and environmental theory. The theme or topic is announced each semester. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of "C-."

 ENG 232 - Borderlands: Race, Class and Gender (3 credits)

A focus on multicultural literature representing literal and metaphoric borders and crossings. Students examine how culture and ideology inform representations of the interconnections among race, class, and gender. Examples include literatures of migration, mixed identities, and racial and gender crossings. Prerequisite: ENG 102with a minimum grade of ÒC-.Ó

 ENG 237 - Women and Literature (3 credits)

Critical study of selected topics, themes, or issues about women as they are interpreted in popular and classic literary works. Specific titles to be announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of "C-".

 ENG 238 - Literary Culture 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 250 - Critical Approaches to Literature (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 (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 297 - ST: WTR PROGRAMMING STAFF (3 credits)

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

 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 301 - Creative Writing: Poetry (3 credits)

Instruction is given on the techniques and terminology of poetry writing. Models are studied, and students read and respond to one another's writing. Prerequisite: ENG 205 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 303 - Environmental Writing (3 credits)

A workshop approach to help writers develop a portfolio of essays suitable for publication in outdoor, environmental, and other appropriate magazines. To enhance their essays, writers read and analyze theoretical and published environmental texts. Prerequisite: ENG 205 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 305 - Creative Writing: Non-Fiction (3 credits)

Models are studied, and students read and respond to one another's writing. 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 358 - Global Literature: Studies in: (3 credits)

A study of literatures from around the globe that considers the artistry, culture, and diverse social conditions of various countries. A specific focus is announced each time the course is offered. Possible topics may include "Colonialism and Globalization," "The Sacred Texts," and "War and Revolution." Course may be repeated once for credit with a different title, but may be counted only once toward the major. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 370 - Myth and Culture (3 credits)

An introduction to the role of myth in literature and in our contemporary world.Examining myth from various perspectives, including the archetypal, the course focuses upon myth as a means for understanding aspects of our society's cultures. Offered in alternate years. 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 - British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance 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 373 - British Literature: Milton through the Romantics (3 credits)

A study of British works of poetry, fiction, drama, and essay produced from 1660 to1830. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 374 - British Literature: The Victorian to the Present Day (3 credits)

A study of British works of poetry, fiction, drama, and essay produced from 1830 to the present day. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 384 - American Literature: Early to Civil War (3 credits)

An exploration of authors and texts in American literature up to 1865. Prerequisite:ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 385 - American Literature: Civil War to Present (3 credits)

An exploration of authors and texts in American literature from 1865 to the present. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 394 - Junior Seminar: Studies in: (3 credits)

Students comprehensively engage a given topic and the critical conversations pertaining to it. The research component of the course allows students to participate in and extend scholarly dialogue. A specific focus is announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisites: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C" and ENG 371.

 ENG 397 - ST: REGENERATIONS (1 credits)

A study of a particular topic of interest to students of English to be announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 397 - ST: WRITING ROCKIES STAFF MNGR (3 credits)

A study of a particular topic of interest to students of English to be announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 397 - ST: WRITING THE ROCKIES (3 credits)

A study of a particular topic of interest to students of English to be announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 397 - ST: WTR PROGRAMMING STAFF (3 credits)

A study of a particular topic of interest to students of English to be announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of "C."

 ENG 463 - Major British Authors: (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 494 - Senior Seminar: Studies in: (3 credits)

The Senior Seminar serves as the Standard Major's capstone experience and focuses on announced thematic topics that allow students to demonstrate competencies developed in the major. The theme or topic is announced for each spring. Prerequisite: ENG 394 and senior standing; or instructor permission.

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
    • Major
    • Minor
    • Secondary Licensure

    Overview

    English is a discipline for those willing to take risks with their interpretations and provide support with text- and theory-based evidence. Students hone their critical-thinking abilities and formulate arguments that reflect independent and original ideas. You will gain powerful tools for analyzing literature, culture and society. You will also be challenged to write creatively: all students explore creative writing as both reader and author. You will leave the program with a strong ability to write purposefully and effectively to communicate your thoughts.

    The Program

    The English program pairs well with minors from other disciplines and also offers two comprehensive emphases: Creative Writing and Secondary Licensure.

    • The Creative Writing emphasis helps students gain solid credentials in literary analysis while broadening their creative writing, media writing and editing.
       
    • The Secondary Licensure emphasis is geared for students looking to become English teachers. Majors will earn the credentials necessary for graduate school, or for careers that require strong speaking, language and analytical skills.

    Careers & Opportunities

    Because writing and communicating are implicit values, our graduates have chosen paths that reflect their passions. They pursue graduate degrees and careers in:

    • International Instruction
    • Secondary Education
    • Publishing
    • Editing
    • Journalism
    • Business
    • Marketing
    • Technical/Science Writing
    • Web Content Writing
    • Nonprofit Leadership
    • Authorship
    • Public Relations
    • Law
    • Social Media Management

    Learn More

    Reach out to Terry Schliesman, Ph.D. or Elizabyth Hiscox, Ph.D. for more information.