English Bachelor of Arts
Department of English
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Do you love to read great literature? Do the insights of literary figures from different cultures and time periods interest you? Do you enjoy communicating your ideas imaginatively and effectively? Does analyzing works of prose and poetry intrigue you? Would you like to develop a career in writing, editing or teaching? Does poetry awaken your spirit? Have you dreamed about writing a play or a novel one day? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then a major in English may be for you.

English majors develop an understanding of diverse cultures, literary traditions, and great works of English, American, and world literature. Students expand their ability to analyze a variety of kinds of texts and view them through the lenses of diverse, critical perspectives. Graduates have the ability to write for both specialized and general audiences. There are five concentrations from which students can choose.

In the Creative Writing concentration students study fiction and poetry, as well as the writing of literary nonfiction. The concentration is designed for students who wish to combine the study of creative writing with the study of literature.

The Language concentration focuses on linguistics and TESL/TEFL. It is designed for students interested in all aspects of language and linguistics. It offers students the ability to study key theories in linguistics and second-language learning, functional aspects of language production and reception, and the impact of social and cultural contexts on language production and reception.

The Literature concentration is for students who wish to focus on literature and literary theory. The English Department’s strength in British, American, and world literatures reinforces an interesting and challenging curriculum. Students will not only become familiar with major figures and forces, but also with non-traditional writers outside the established canon. Courses in literary theory, in addition to literature courses, will give students a sense of the wide variety of approaches that can be applied to the interpretation of texts. In all courses, students practice a number of different types of analytical and critical writing. Three courses in writing, literature, or language are taken as electives.

The Writing concentration provides an opportunity for students who wish to study writing within the framework of English studies. It allows students to take a wide range of writing and writing theory courses. Students can enroll in writing courses that focus on argumentation, informative writing, literary nonfiction, nature writing, and writing in online contexts. They can also enroll in writing theory courses that explore the influence of gender, politics, culture, technology, and educational policies and practices on writing and writing instruction.

The English Education concentration provides students with preparation for teaching in secondary schools. It is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching language arts, offering a range of courses in language, literature, and writing. Students may receive an endorsement from the State of Colorado in English Language Arts. In addition to the common requirements for the English major, students pursuing teaching licensure take several extra courses in English, as well as education classes through the Center for Educator Preparation.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Enjoy reading
* Enjoy writing
* Ability to generate creative ideas
* Ability to see connections among ideas
* Ability to influence and persuade
* Logical argumentation skills
* Independence in thought and work
* Critical listening and reading skills
* Problem solving skills
* Enjoy working in groups

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
A major in English prepares students for business, government, or education careers which require broadly educated people, who can think critically, communicate effectively, analyze texts, and write well. Many employers appreciate liberal arts majors for their multiple skills and their ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and work environments.

The Department encourages experiential education by offering a variety of internship opportunities. Students are also invited to generate their own positions in fields of interests as well as pursue established local, regional or national internships. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Depending on your interests, the electives you take or the concentration you select, available career choices include but are not limited to:


Publishing
* Copy editor
* Project editor
* Manuscript reader or story analyst
* Sales representative
* Publicity and promotion specialist
* Advertising coordinator
* Production specialist
* Assistant book publicist
* Contracts and permission specialist

Human services
* Agency or arts administrator
* Human resource manager
* Program developer

Business
* Communications
* Public relations
* Advertising
* Telecommunications

Education
* English Teacher
* Teacher of English as a second language
* Curriculum developer
* Administrator

Writing
* Grant writer
* Technical writer for business, industry or science
* Writer for magazines, newspapers, television, education, government, etc.
* Biographer or writer of prose, fiction and nonfiction
* Lyricist (song writer)

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* English Lit Club
* Greyrock Review
* Liberal Arts College Council

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of English
359 Willard O. Eddy Hall
1773 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1773
970-491-6428
http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/English/
* Academic advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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