Wondering what it might look like to be an English major at CSU? This creative, deep-thinking major finds itself occupying the lesser-known spaces around campus, quietly analyzing literature, passionately writing stories and poems, learning the art of the narrative essay, and taking a deep dive into the fascinating world of literacy, rhetoric, and linguistics. You’ll find our English majors all over campus, studying and learning in classic CSU buildings like Eddy hall and Clark, to pondering the history and stories behind the art in the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising. It’s so much more than a major for book lovers. Take a look into the academic spaces of CSU’s English major.
Welcome to Eddy Hall! This is one of the main buildings you’ll find a CSU English major in, a colorful, multi-story space with classrooms, study nooks, and meeting rooms that have been the birthplace to so many inspired works and deep, analytical discussions.
If our visit to the English major’s academic spaces told us one thing, it would probably be this: English majors at CSU do their learning, their deep thinking, their literature discussions, and their creative wordsmithing everywhere from tucked-away meeting rooms to quiet, unassuming classrooms to CSU’s prettiest outdoor spaces, inspiring museums, studios, and even at events. Where do English majors learn at CSU? Literally everywhere.
In the Advanced Fiction Writing workshop, students take a deep dive into the structure of stories, and even deeper, society’s expectations of the structures of stories. From start to finish, the professor and students look at the bones of storytelling, and then they question the idea of what constitutes “good storytelling” in the first place. Get ready to peel back some layers in this one.
This short fiction class reads (you guessed it) short stories and discusses the various ways the authors created scenes, themes, and beyond. In this particular class, small groups were formed to discuss the objects of a story: What objects exist in this story? Why do you think the author included them? How do the move the story forward? Overheard: “Hmm, but is God an object in this story?”
The Short Fiction class took a field trip to CSU’s Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, where they did a writing exercise around the various displays. This particular display was showcasing historic garments from the women’s suffrage movement.
Students are encouraged to think of objects in three ways as they walk around the museum: How do objects become stories themselves? How do objects fit into stories and how do they work to carry the story forward? What are the existing stories of these objects?
If you haven’t heard of the Greyrock Review yet, get excited. English majors primarily make up the staff of this literary journal, and it gets really hands on really fast. Greyrock Review staff does all the work in selecting poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and artwork for each final publication, as well as going through the entire publishing and book-creation process with a local book press.
These Greyrock staff members make tough calls like how to organize the final art and writing selections in the publication, as well as what the cover design and size should be, and which press they should hire to make the books.