English Major

Study and harness the voice of change, refine your communication skills, and explore the world from the eyes of literature and creative writing.

At a glance

There’s a reason why the English degree is so diverse and applicable. English majors at CSU share a passion and curiosity for exploring the multiple-and-dynamic ways that the English language is used to meet the demands of life in the 21st century. They develop an understanding of cultures, literary traditions, and they learn how to write for diverse audiences. There’s a world of options open to them in almost any field.   

Degree typeBachelor of Arts
FormatOn campus
Part ofCollege of Liberal Arts
Competitive major?No
Accelerated option?No
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A concentration allows you to specialize in a certain area within your major, offering a depth of information and hands-on experiences that you may not otherwise get. Many students in this major will concentrate in one area to work in a specific field after college, as well as find mentors and internships before they even graduate.

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing concentration gives you the opportunity to strengthen your creative writing in three different genres while deepening your reading skills, approaches to craft, and imaginative voice. 

English Education

The English Education concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching language arts, and offers a range of courses in language, literature, and writing. You may receive a teaching endorsement from the state of Colorado in English/Language Arts through your studies here.  


The Linguistics concentration is for students who wish to focus on linguistics and teaching English as a second or foreign language, as well as literature, writing, and education. 


The Literature concentration allows you a deep and critical study of literature (from ancient to contemporary) in poetry, prose, and drama. You will become familiar with major figures and forces, but also with non-traditional writers outside the established canon. 

Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy

The Writing, Rhetoric and Literacy concentration builds on strengths in writing theory and design, composition, public writing, and rhetoric and writing instruction. 

Some Career Options

A major in English prepares students to be engaging communicators, creative writers, empathetic collaborators, ethical decision makers and problem solvers, and compassionate global citizens. These skills translate to a wide variety of careers in environmental justice, tech, business, healthcare, education, law, marketing & PR, policy, and more. As an English major, you will not only learn how to cultivate a meaningful life, but also build a fulfilling career.  

Tour and info session options

Tours may be available as part of Admissions tours and info sessions, offered throughout the year.

For additional opportunities, please reach out to:

College of Liberal Arts recruiter at CLA_Recruitment@colostate.edu or (970) 821-5276 (Text friendly. Please include your/the student’s full name in the message.)

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Want a more in-depth look at this major? Take a look at the program website to learn more.