Together Apart: A record of resilience

This clearinghouse for creative expression aims to record stories of the human spirit, experiences, and the ways in which students, faculty, and staff have come together as social distancing and a university closure mark the COVID-19 pandemic of spring 2020.

English@80: A year of celebration

Join the Department of English 2019-2020 as we celebrate 80 years as an independent academic department. Click the button below for free special events, department histories, video commentaries and an opportunity to share your story.


Assistant Professor Ramona Ausubel captures the world and the human condition in books; she teaches students to do the same.


The Department of English is a vibrant community of critical thinkers pursuing works of creative artistry and interdisciplinary scholarship within and beyond the walls of Willard O. Eddy Hall — our primary residence at CSU.


Assistant Professor Erika Szymanski studies how our perception of microbiomes can shape reality.


The Center for Literary Publishing wins a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Three degrees  |  Five areas of study  |  A world of possibilities

Flexible Experience

Find What You Seek

Whether you are looking for a multi-dimensional undergraduate major or graduate program, a complementary minor, or an interesting course, you can find what you seek in the CSU English department.

The English department and the University Composition Program offer a wide range of courses and experiences. As an undergraduate, you choose one of five concentrations for your BA. Graduate students likewise choose from four MA programs or an MFA in Creative Writing.

Throughout your program, participate in internships, clubs, workshops, and more. Attend an event in the Creative Writing Reading Series. Discover the limitless possibilities of an English degree.

The English department supports and abides by The Principles of Community, which in turn support the CSU mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service and engagement.

Ready to 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 your English education at Colorado State University.

Click one of the options below to schedule a visit, apply to CSU or find more of the information you seek.

Thinking about an education in English but need a little more information? We would love to hear from you.

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Humans of Eddy: Michael Hedemark

By | May 13, 2019

Most likely if you’ve spent any time at all in the main English department office, you recognize this person. Michael Hedemark has been a loyal workstudy in the English department every semester since his freshman year — and he’s not […]

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10 Things to Do Before You Study Abroad

By | May 13, 2019

~by Caitlyn BucknerBackstrom Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, but it does come with a lot of organizing and planning. There are countless things that you will need to do before spending time in […]

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News of Note May 2019

By | May 13, 2019

The latest issue of Interim was devoted in part to Sasha Steensen’s work. The issue includes six poems by Sasha, as well as an essay she wrote on Magurerite Duras. The issue also includes a book review of her latest […]

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Student Spotlight: Robin Walter

By | May 8, 2019

Robin Walter is a first year MFA student in the poetry program. Robin has a deep connection to horses, adventure, art, and conservation. In an effort to combine these interests, she founded Cloud Peak Expeditions, an education-centered organization that offers […]

A Day in the Life of an English Major with a Concentration in Language (and a Mom)

By | May 8, 2019

Zahra Albajhan English major, Language Concentration Hello, I am Zahra Albajhan. I am an Arabic student from Saudi Arabia, and majoring in English linguistic studies. Besides college, I am a mom of two kids and my third kid is on the […]

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Alumna Profile: Cara McDonald

By | May 7, 2019

Cara McDonald Editorial Director Evergreen Custom Media MA English: Communication Development, 1998 Where are you working now? I’m self employed; I work with a business partner, and we own Fort Collins, Winter Park Mountain Living and Breckenridge magazines. How did your […]