Dec 04, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

English Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology BA

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The English Writing, Rhetoric and Technology major asks students to take one of two introductory courses, a multi-media course (two course options), a language theory/sociolinguistics course (three course option), and two advanced topics courses (with a range of options). The remainder of the degree is seven courses chosen from a long list, which can include two courses outside the English Writing focus (such as creative writing workshops, film courses, or courses in related majors). For all the details, please review the advising sheets for the English Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology major. Especially designed for future writers, the major offers a wide range of intensive writing experiences, combining such areas as rhetoric, and professional, general, and creative writing.

These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and their CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

Program Delivery

  • This program offers courses both on-campus and online. You can take the English Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology Major fully online or fully on campus. Most of our students, however, end up taking a mix of online and on-campus courses in order to juggle changing work schedules and busy lives. You can decide what’s best for you.

Declaring This Major

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General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 36 ENGL credit hours toward the major.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 30 upper division (3000-level and above) ENGL credit hours.
  3. Students must earn a minimum grade of C-(1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 15 ENGL upper division (3000-level and above) credits hours with CU Denver faculty.

Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations

  1. ENGL 1010, 1020 and 2030 do not count toward the major, nor does CLEP or AP credit.
  2. Students may not count more than 56 credit hours of ENGL credit toward the major; double majors in English Writing and English are exempt and are required to complete 63 credits of ENGL credit hours.
  3. A maximum of 6 credit hours of Internship/cooperative education courses may be counted toward the major for students who have completed 60 or more credit hours. Internships count as upper-division electives.  
  4. Courses may not be used more than once between the Required Course Area and Electives. The exception is English 4190. Two 4190s are required in the Required Course Area, and one additional 4190 can count as an Elective Course. A maximum of three 4190s may count, in total and all must have different topics in order to count.
  5. Courses toward the major may not be counted toward an English minor (Literature, Writing, Creative Writing or Film Studies).
  6. A minimum of 15 upper division (3000-level and above) ENGL credit hours must be taken with CU Denver faculty.

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