On-Campus and/or Online

You can take the English Writing 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.

A Basic Overview

The English Writing Major asks students to take one of two introductory courses, a multimedia course (two course options), a language theory/sociolinguistics course, 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 Major.


English Writing Major Requirements

General Requirements: Students majoring in English Writing (EWRT) must complete 36 hours in EWRT. Thirty hours must be earned in upper-division courses. Courses completed with a grade of C- (1.7) or better will be counted toward the major; none of the 36 hours may be taken pass/fail. A minimum of 15 upper-division hours of work in the EWRT major must be taken with the CU Denver English faculty. Core composition courses (English 1020 and 2030) do not count toward the EWRT major, nor does CLEP or AP credit. Students may not count more than 56 hours in the English department toward graduation; double majors in EWRT and ENGL are exempt (and are required to complete 63 hours). The English Department also offers a minor in Literature, Writing, Creative Writing and Film Studies.  Courses counted in a minor cannot be counted toward the major. 

Honors Program: Latin honors may be earned by working individually with a EWRT professor. Speak to a professor or see handouts regarding honors in the English Department (1015 9th Street Park). 

Internships:  Internships are also available to students who have completed over 60 credit hours; for information, contact The Experiential Learning Center at 303-315-7258 in the Tivoli, Suite 260.  Internships count as upper-division electives.

Note: This EWRT major will appear in the university course catalog in Fall 2018. We suggest all majors follow these guidelines, which coordinate with current and future offerings. If you declare your EWRT major before Fall 2018, please let your EWRT advisor know if you have a need or desire to follow the previous EWRT major guidelines.

Catalog Hyperlink: http://catalog.ucdenver.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=24&poid=7381&returnto=6775 

I. Required Course Areas (five courses in four emphases) 15 hours:

  • Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric (take ONE as you begin the major)
  • English 2060: Introduction to Writing and Digital Studies
  • English 2070: Grammar, Rhetoric and Style

A. Multimedia (take ONE):

  • English 3084: Multimedia Composition
  • English 4701: Multimedia in the Community

B. Language Study (take ONE):

  • English 3160: Language Theory
  • English 4601: Principles & Practices of Second Language Acquisition (by permission)
  • English 4651: Second Language Writing (by permission)

C. Advanced Writing Experience (take TWO, must be with different topics)

  • English 4190: Advanced Topics in Writing and Digital Studies
  • English 4190: Advanced Topics in Writing and Digital Studies

II. Elective Courses in Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies (seven courses) 21 hours:

**A course does not count here and in the Required Course Areas above. The exception is English 4190.

Two 4190s are required in the above section (A: Required Course Areas), and one additional 4190 can count below (in B: Elective Courses), if elected. (A maximum of three 4190s, in total.)

  • English 2060: Intro to Writing and Digital Studies
  • English 2070: Grammar, Rhetoric and Style
  • English 3084: Multimedia Composition
  • English 3154: Technical Writing
  • English 3160: Language Theory
  • English 3170: Business Writing
  • English 3405: Special Topics in Writing
  • English 3416: Magazine Writing
  • English 3995: Internship
  • English 4175: Scientific Writing
  • English 4180: Argumentation and Logic
  • English 4190: Advanced Topics in Writing and Digital Studies
  • English 4280: Writing, Grants and Proposals
  • English 4601: Principles & Practices of Second Language Acquisition (by permission)
  • English 4651: Second Language Writing (by permission)
  • English 4701: Multimedia in the Community
  • English 4740: Honors in Writing
  • English 4995: Senior Writing Project

Up to two courses that are either 3000- or 4000-level courses in the English Department (such as creative writing workshops, film courses, or literature courses), or up to two writing courses in other departments (prior approval from an advisor required for courses outside of English). This is an option, not a requirement.

TOTAL: 36 hours