CSU English student Grace Detwiler used her keen sense of initiative to open the ominously creaking door to writing opportunities in the realm of the macabre.


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.

LIVE ONLINE: Creative Writing Reading Series 2020-2021

Each fall and spring semester, the Department of English welcomes distinguished literary voices to share their work and engage with the local community. Visiting writers hold audience question-and-answer sessions, book signings, and more.


As CSU English professor Andrew Altschul prepared to publicize his new novel in person, the outbreak of COVID-19 set the stage for a summer at home.


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.

Need help with a writing project?

The Colorado State University Writing Center is here to help. Visit the Writing Center website to schedule a free online appointment with a consultant today.

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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.

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English Department Events

Ann Diaz

English Alumna Serves up History in Cookbook

By Gabriel Saldana | May 13, 2020

Inspiration from her master’s thesis led CSU Alumna Ann Diaz into a two-year project aiming to bridge the “civilian-military gap.” Proceeds from the anthology cookbook support veterans’ programs.

Ryan Lanham leading workshop

Continue mission: A voice for veterans

By Gabriel Saldana | April 11, 2020

Student-veteran Ryan Lanham continues his mission by giving voice to others affected by military life through the Veterans Writing Workshop. Click to join.

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University Writing Center seeks Graduate Student Consultants: Apply by April 20

By Gabriel Saldana | March 30, 2020

The University Writing Center is hiring grad-student consultants. This page includes all the information you need to apply by April 20.

Center for Literary Publishing NEA Grant 2020

CSU Center for Literary Publishing wins $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

By Gabriel Saldana | January 28, 2020

The Center for Literary Publishing at CSU has been awarded a $10,000 Art Works grant from NEA to support national and regional publications in 2020. Click for the story.