Literature Concentration

Literature & Theory

The Literature concentration invites students to engage in the critical study of literature in English produced in a range of historical eras and geographical locations. In addition to poetry, prose, and drama, students will also encounter contemporary and historical texts that challenge their definitions of literature. Students will learn new ways of approaching familiar figures while also gaining exposure to writers and thinkers whose work has not always been recognized.

Students can expect guidance in developing their critical and analytical writing skills and in becoming conversant with theories and methods for analyzing texts.

To find out what classes you take in this concentration, take a look at the Literature Advising Checksheet:

What Are Students Saying?

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Catherine Hackney

"English majors do not only have to become professors and writers. I have held positions where I worked with grant writing, television commercials, magazine publishing, healthcare, big corporations, smaller nonprofits. There is a whole world full of interesting careers to consider for which an English major is ideal. My ability to enter a new environment and learn new skills is really the best asset I have, not just at my job, but for life in general. So many doors are open to me that I can choose and change my path as I desire.”

~ Catherine Hackney, BA English: Literature

"The warmth of the material, the talent of the department, and the challenge of studying English literature was the perfect scenario for me. I can say I am proud to be a CSU Ram, especially one who has a diploma from the Department of English. My time in the CSU English department was one of the happiest times in my life.”

~ Caleb Harrison, BA English: Literature

Caleb Harrison
Ali. Niaz

"Literature and storytelling are things that I've always loved. At CSU, I've been able to develop that passion and dive into the literature and stories that have shaped the world as we know it. I get to fight dragons while reading Beowulf, or I can journey through the vast American wilderness with my companion Hawkeye. No matter what we're doing, or what we're reading, it's always an adventure here at Colorado State!”

~ Ali Niaz, BA English: Literature