Graduation, Spring 2020

Celebrating graduate and undergraduate students as they complete coursework and embark on new journeys 

29th Annual English Department Awards

A digital public space for recognizing student accomplishments and donor support in 2019-2020.


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.

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.


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 engage?

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.

Portrait of Cara McDonald

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 […]

Joanna Doxey in the snow

Alumna Profile: Joanna Doxey

By | May 7, 2019

Joanna Doxey Academic Success Coordinator (i.e. Academic Advisor) for English, Ethnic Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at CSU MFA Creative Writing: Poetry, 2013 How did your major prepare you for the job, the life […]

Portrait of Caitlyn BucknerBackstrom

A Day in the Life of a Creative Writing Major

By | May 2, 2019

~by Caitlyn BucknerBackstrom Hello everyone! My name is Caitlyn and I am a junior (soon to be senior) who is pursuing a dual degree in Cultural Anthropology and Creative Writing. Along with school, I have a part-time job at a veterinary […]

The Boat Runner cover and portrait of Devon Murphy

Creative Writing Reading Series: Devin Murphy

By Ashley Benintende | May 2, 2019

~by Caitlyn BucknerBackstrom   The very last reading of the semester was a very special guest and CSU alumnus. Before Devin Murphy spoke, Andrew Altschul made a few announcements regarding the reading series next year and thanked all of the […]

Spring Comes, Why Not Hear and Read Poetry?

By | April 30, 2019

~from Frank Xia Today is the last day of April, and as such, it’s also the final day of our National Poetry Month celebration. It’s a day for us where joy and grief mix. What fun it’s been to spend a […]

Picture of Lorraine Arvizo in her office

Alumna Profile: Lorraine Arvizo

By | April 30, 2019

Lorraine Arvizo English Teacher at Northglenn High School Graduated from English: English Education, 2012 How did your major prepare you for the job, the life you have now? Majoring in English helped me gain the content of teaching English. I […]