English at CSU

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.

Each fall, roughly 500 majors, minors, and graduate students enroll in English classes. Thousands of additional students across CSU enroll in composition courses. All English students receive superior quality instruction from our faculty of professional writers and linguists, who continue to garner teaching and advising awards from the College of Liberal Arts and the university. At the same time, many English majors qualify for scholarships and other support. Each academic year, English undergraduates and graduates hold roughly 150 university and departmental scholarships.

Why Study English at Colorado State University?

Cultivating Connections

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.

Undergraduate Programs

Just the Beginning

Whether you are taking English or Composition courses to fulfill requirements, taking elective courses because of your interests, or deciding to become an English major or minor, you will find many opportunities in the courses, programs, and people of the English Department. We welcome your participation in our classes and look forward to teaching you.

Graduate Programs

Our MA and MFA fields of study speak to our core values: academic excellence; innovative instruction; a collaborative, creative, and engaged learning environment; and commitment to the professional success of each student.

We offer four different two-year graduate programs and a three-year MFA within the English Department


The Composition Program is a vital part of the English Department at Colorado State University. We offer more than 250 sections of writing courses to about 6000 students each year, as well as serving between 2500 and 3000 students a year in our Writing Center.

In addition to offering courses that fulfill the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements, the English Department also offers undergraduate and graduate degrees focused on writing.

Looking for more information about the Composition Placement Program? On the composition website you can find out about Composition Program news and events, faculty, courses, and degrees, as well as access contact information and related resources.


gtPathways offers resources that address how and why writing can be effective catalysts for learning in any discipline.

Faculty, instructors, graduate teaching assistants, and anyone else involved in this initiative will find useful resources on this site related to assigning writing, grading and responding to student writing, the importance of critical thinking, the challenges associated with integrating writing into a course, and much more.

The Rambler

The Rambler is a newsletter that includes what you need to know about registration, such as course offerings for the upcoming semester(s), registration details, advising information, important dates, Composition Placement Challenge & Re-Evaluation Essay information, and details about awards and internships.

Statements of Solidarity

The faculty and staff of the Department of English stand in solidarity with marginalized communities at Colorado State University and beyond. We are committed to understanding systems of oppression and rooting out the injustices and biases within our Department and the broader community. Click the button below for our messages of solidarity, beginning with our support for Black Rams and Black Lives Matter.

Take the next step

If you want to join a diverse and inclusive group, which values individual voice and the power of community, and if you're curious about studying challenging ideas and texts, take the next step toward an education in the language arts. Click one of the options below to schedule a visit, apply to CSU or find more of the information you seek.