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Personal Pursuits

Our alumni find themselves in exciting professional and personal pursuits. They publish and win awards; they become Fulbright Scholars and travel; they research and study in prestigious Ph.D. programs; they find successful work as professors, editors, authors, literary agents, copywriters, and teachers.

In addition to finding success in traditionally “English” paths, our alumni serve as CEOs, create tech start-ups, lead non-profit organizations, become lawyers, devise communication and training for government programs, coordinate medical programing, and rise through the ranks of Fortune 500 companies.

CSU English Department Alumni prove that a BA, MA, or MFA in English opens doors to professions that not only provide material and professional success, but also intellectual satisfaction and cultural engagement.

English Alumni: Beyond CSU

The stories below provide a glimpse of the broad array of exciting and impactful endeavors undertaken by CSU English alumni across the globe. The interdisciplinary scholarship and creative artistry developed by English educations are instrumental in bolstering these important initiatives.

Abigail Chabitnoy

In Poems: Claiming a culture

By | January 19, 2020

In how to Dress a Fish, Abigail Chabitnoy examines effects of forced assimilation of Native American People on descendents like herself. Click for excerpts.

John Mattos

Legendary CSU coach John Mattos elected to hall of fame

By Louann Reid | February 1, 2019

Legendary CSU swimming coach John Mattos has been elected to the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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You can change a student’s life on Giving Tuesday

By Louann Reid | November 26, 2018

Help a student succeed by supporting Rams Against Hunger on Giving Tuesday.

(Almost) Alumni Profile: Ashley Alfirevic

By | May 6, 2016

~From Communications Coordinator Jill Salahub English major and department communications intern Ashley Alfirevic will be graduating next week. I am incredibly sad to see her go. Ashley has worked with me as an intern doing department communications for the past […]

Rams Leading Rams Event, Reflections from Interns Beth Campbell and Ashley Alfirevic

By | April 13, 2016

Rams Leading Rams at LSC! @CSUCareerCenter — CSU English (@english_csu) April 5, 2016 ~Tweeted by intern Ashley Alfirevic on the day of the event ~By Beth Campbell I strolled into the Lory Student Center that afternoon, drawing confidence from […]

Alumni Profile: David Theis

By | October 16, 2015

David Theis English major, graduated 1989 Chief of Media, The World Bank   How did you get from your major to the work/the life you have now? Funny thing about being an English major, in my experience, was always being […]

Alumni Profile: Felicia Zamora

By | October 15, 2015

Felicia Zamora MFA Creative Writing (Poetry), May 2012 Assistant Director, Beverage Business Institute/Center for Professional Development and Business Research College of Business, Colorado State University   How did you get from your major to the work, the life you have […]

Alumni Profile: Brittany Goss

By | October 13, 2015

Brittany Goss Content Creation Manager, Association of National Advertisers (NYC) MFA: Fiction, 2013 How did you get from your major to the work, the life you have now? My current day job is in the advertising industry. I write for a trade […]

Alumni Profile: Angie Hodapp

By | October 6, 2015

Angie Hodapp MA English: Communication Development, (“Completed my graduate coursework in 2002 but didn’t defend my thesis and actually earn my MA until spring 2010”) Contracts and Royalties Manager, Nelson Literary Agency   How did you get from your major […]

English Alum? Share Your Story

When stories about our alumni hit the news or our inbox, we love to share them. Teachers, staff, and fellow alumni are excited to learn about how our friends are doing. Current students appreciate examples of English alumni making a life and making a difference. At the same time, information about English offerings and degree opportunities encourages prospective students to engage, and stories of your impact and success illustrate the true value of English education.

Career Exploration

Qualified English undergraduate and graduate students are offered for-credit opportunities to explore possible career paths before graduation. The English Department boasts an excellent array of rigorous, professional, and intriguing internships. Internship areas include – but are by no means limited to – supervised college teaching; community literacy; teaching English as second/foreign language; editing and publishing; grant-writing and research; online course development and editing; and public education.