This 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 and to produce it.

Program Learning Goals

English Major Creative Writing Requirements

General Requirements

Students majoring in English must complete a minimum of 39 hours in English. A minimum of 27 hours must be earned in upper-division courses. None of the required 39 hours may be taken Pass/Fail. Only courses completed with a grade of C- (1.7) or better may be counted toward the major. A minimum of 15 upper-division (3000-level and above) ENGL credit hours must be taken with the CU Denver English faculty.  Core composition courses ENGL 1010, 1020, and 2030 do not count toward the English Major.  NOTE:  While students need only 39 hours to complete the major, they may not count more than 56 hours in the department toward graduation.  Double majors in English and English Writing are exempt from the 56-hour rule and must complete 63 hours total for both majors.

Advanced Standing:  CLEP and AP credit will not count toward the English Major or the English Writing Major.  Such credit may apply toward the College writing requirement (ENGL 1020 and 2030) or be counted as general electives. Check with CLAS Advising for details.


The English Department also offers a minor in English Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology.  Courses counted in a minor cannot be counted toward the major. 

Honors Program 

Latin Honors may be earned by participating in the department’s Honors Program.  You are encouraged to begin the program in your junior year.  The program requires additional coursework and affords you the opportunity to work individually with the professor of your choice.  Handouts are available in the English office.


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.


I.  Required Courses (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 2450 Introduction to Literature

II. Area Requirements (18 hours) Choose 1 track: A. Fiction OR B. Poetry

A.  Fiction

  • ENGL 3020 Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 3050 Fiction Workshop
  • ENGL 4055 Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • ENGL 4610 Narrative: Form & Theory
  • ENGL 4850 Senior Fiction Workshop

Choose 1 course

  • ENGL 4200 Survey of the English Novel to 1900
  • ENGL 4230 American Novel
  • ENGL 4236 American Short Story
  • ENGL 4800-4805 Special Topics in Creative Writing (emphasis in fiction)

B.  Poetry 

  • ENGL 3020 Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 3050 Fiction Workshop 
  • ENGL 4025 Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 4160 Poetics
  • ENGL 4820 Senior Poetry Workshop                     

Choose 1 course.

  • ENGL 4080 History of the English Language
  • ENGL 4166 History of American Poetry
  • ENGL 4320 History of Poetry in English
  • ENGL 4800-4805 Special Topics in Creative Writing (emphasis in poetry)

III. Required Electives (18 hours) Choose 6 courses with an emphasis in Fiction or Poetry

Any 3000- or 4000-level ENGL course will count unless previously taken. These courses cannot be repeated. 

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  • ENGL Any 3000 or 4000 level ____________________________
  • ENGL Any 3000 or 4000 level ____________________________
  • ENGL Any 3000 or 4000 level ____________________________
  • ENGL Any 3000 or 4000 level ____________________________
  • ENGL Any 3000 or 4000 level ____________________________
  • ENGL 3001 Critical Writing 
  • ENGL 3106 Writing for Print Media
  • ENGL 3416 Magazine Writing
  • ENGL 4800-4805 Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • ENGL 4810 Literary Editing Practicum

To complete this major: 39 Credit Hours