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2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog 
2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English BA

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The course of study offered by the Department of English is designed to develop a student’s ability to read literature responsibly and imaginatively, to foster an understanding and appreciation of our literary inheritance and to provide the historical perspective from which to evaluate contemporary writing. Careful study of the use of the English language also should help a student to resist the misuse and corruption of language in politics, the media and elsewhere. Students who complete the program in English are expected to have mastered the ability to express their ideas in clear and succinct prose.

Requirements for the English Major

Students majoring in English must present a total of 39 hours in the literature, film studies and/or creative writing options (excluding ENGL 1010, 1020 and 2030), of which 27 hours must be earned in upper-division courses. None of the required 39 hours may be taken on a pass/fail basis. Only courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or above may be counted toward the major. At least 15 upper-division hours of the student’s work in English must be taken from English faculty at CU Denver. Students planning to major in English must consult with an advisor as soon as possible. Students may choose only one of the three options in the English major.


Total: 9 Hours


Choose one course from each area below. No course is repeatable.

Old English, Medieval Language and Literature

Renaissance, Restoration and 18th Century British Literature

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Total: 18 Hours


     Choose any four English courses: two at the 3000 or 4000 level, and two at any level.

Total: 12 Hours

Literature Option Total: 39 Hours

Additional courses, total not to exceed 48 hours (any level). 



Total: 9 Hours


Complete all courses in either poetry or fiction.



Area Requirements Total: 15 Hours


     Choose any five 3000 or 4000 level English courses.


Electives Total: 15 Hours

Creative Writing Option Total: 39 Hours

Additional courses, total not to exceed 48 hours (any level).



The film studies option within the English major is designed to prepare students for a range of professional careers in areas such as screenwriting, film criticism, video production and the teaching of film, as well as those students who plan to pursue graduate programs in film studies. Required courses give students a strong grounding in film history, verbal and visual narrative, and the critical terms and techniques used in both film and literary analysis. Electives give students the option of emphasizing either the creative approach or the critical approach to moving-image media, or a combination of the two. The film studies option also affords students the opportunity to create video productions using state-of-the-art digital video and editing equipment and the possibility of airing their productions on cable TV. Offered in cooperation with the College of Arts & Media (CAM) , the film studies option can be completed entirely on the Auraria Campus.

Total: 15 Hours


Choose eight courses. Students may take courses in all areas. Eighteen of the 24-hour minimum must be at the 3000/4000 level. Production courses must be taken through the College of Arts & Media (CAM). Equivalent screenwriting courses may also be taken through CAM. [Courses marked by an asterisk are repeatable if taken as a different genre/director/topic.]

A. Critical Studies

Total: 24 Hours

Film Studies Option Total: 39 Hours

Additional courses, total not to exceed 48 hours (any level).


College Core Courses for English Majors

Students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences core curriculum requirements as specified in the CLAS Core Curriculum/Graduation Requirements chart . Check the online schedule for specific course offerings.


Elective hours may be selected at the student’s discretion, but students are urged to work with their advisor in outlining a program in which electives and requirements support each other. Six hours earned in the internship/cooperative education program may be counted toward the major.


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