Five Concentrations

Bachelor's Programs

Chapter One

When you declare English as your major, you specify a concentration, (a specific area of specialization within the major).  The English department offers five concentrations:

Along with courses specifically for a concentration, all English majors take the same core courses:

  • E 240: Introduction to Poetry
  • E 270: Introduction to American Literature
  • E 276/277: Survey of British Literature I or II
  • CO 300 or CO 301 A-D: Upper-Division Composition
  • E 341: Principles of Literary Criticism

For undergraduate programs information please contact our Undergraduate Programs Assistant

Sheila Dargon

Undergraduate Internship Application

To declare or change a major, contact the Academic Support Center 


The University 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 lower and upper division courses that fulfill the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements, the English Department also offers an undergraduate concentration in Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy and an MA focused on Writing, Rhetoric, and Social Change.

On the composition website you can find out about the University Composition Program including faculty, courses, and composition placement 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.

Jessica Patterson




“It is a phenomenal program in which you can really find support for your passion, your voice, and your contribution to the world.”

~Jessica Patterson, BA English and MA English: Communication Development

Ashley Alfirevic


“The Humanities are crucial in teaching empathy and understanding. They both force and allow you to explore different points of view and challenge your own beliefs.”

~Ashley Alfirevic, BA English: Literature

Declaring an English Major

To declare an English major, make an appointment with one of our English Academic Success Coordinators by calling 970.491.3117.