English at CSU
Diverse and Dynamic
The English department at CSU is a vibrant and diverse community. We are home to poets and linguists, literacy researchers and teacher educators, novelists and literary scholars, composition specialists and writers of creative nonfiction. We share a passion for exploring the multiple and dynamic ways that the English language is used to meet the demands of life in the twenty-first century. Students, staff, and faculty are committed to inclusive excellence, intellectual growth, and the creation of a more just and sustainable world.
In fall 2017, 550 majors, minors, and graduate students were enrolled in English classes with an additional 3,000 students university wide enrolled in composition courses. Quite a few of our 80 faculty have received teaching and/or advising awards from the college or university. Many English majors qualify for scholarships and other support. In the 2016-17 academic year, English undergraduates and graduates held a total of 169 university and departmental scholarships.
Our English department is different from departments at some other universities in that we are a comprehensive English Studies department with programs in creative writing, English Education, language/linguistics, literature, and rhetoric and composition. “We have a big umbrella,” as one faculty member likes to say. And yet, students here also enjoy accessible faculty and relatively small classes.
Career experts explain that employees need both hard skills, which are specific to a field or job, and soft skills, which are harder to define and more broadly applicable. Soft skills include the ability to work with a team, flexibility, problem solving, creative thinking, and excellent communication skills, to name a few. Throughout your course work and experiences in the English department and beyond, you acquire and hone the skills and talents that many employers require.