English Writing, Rhetoric and Technology

On-Campus and/or Online

You can take the English Writing, Rhetoric & 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.

A Basic Overview

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

Program Learning Goals

English Writing Major Requirements

General Requirements: Students majoring in English Writing, Rhetoric & Technology (ENWT) must complete 36 hours toward the major. Twenty-seven hours must be earned in upper-division courses (3000 level and above). 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. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. A minimum of 15 upper-division hours of work in the ENWT major must be taken with CU Denver English faculty. Core composition courses (English 1020 and 2030) do not count toward the ENWT major, nor does CLEP or AP credit. Double majors in ENWT and ENGL are required to complete 63 hours.

Minors: The English Department also offers minors in Literature, 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 an ENWT professor. Speak to a professor or click on this link (https://clas.ucdenver.edu/english/latin-honors) for more information on honors in the English Department.

Internships: Internships are available for students who have completed over 60 credit hours, and a maximum of 6 credit hours count toward upper-division electives in the ENWT major. For information, contact The Experiential Learning Center at 303-315-7258 in the Tivoli, Suite 260.  A faculty sponsor is required for all internships.


I. Required Course Areas (six courses in three emphases) 18 hours:

A. Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric (complete the following courses)

  • ENGL 2060: Introduction to Writing and Digital Studies

  • ENGL 2070: Grammar, Rhetoric and Style

  • ENGL 3084: Digital Writing and Storytelling

B. Language Study (take ONE):

  • ENGL 3160: Language Theory

  • ENGL 4601: Teaching English Language Learners: Theory and Practice (by instructor's permission)

  • ENGL 4651: Second Language Writing (by instructor's permission)

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

  • ENGL 4190: Advanced Topics in Writing and Digital Studies

  • ENGL 4190: Advanced Topics in Writing and Digital Studies

II. Elective Courses in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology (six courses) 18 hours:

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

*Courses with an asterisk can be taken more than once, if the topic/title differs. We highly recommend students pursue a certificate as they fulfill electives: 1

  • ENGL 3154: Technical Writing

  • ENGL 3160: Language Theory

  • ENGL 3170: Business Writing

  • ENGL 3405: Topics in Writing

  • ENGL 3415: Screenwriting Workshop

  • ENGL 3416: Magazine Writing

  • ENGL 3939: Internship

  • ENGL 4175: Writing in the Sciences

  • ENGL 4177: Technical Editing

  • ENGL 4180: Argumentation and Logic

  • ENGL 4190: Advanced Topics in Writing and Digital Studies

  • ENGL 4280: Proposal and Grant Writing

  • ENGL 4601: Principles & Practices of Second Language Acquisition (by permission)

  • ENGL 4651: Second Language Writing (by permission)

  • ENGL 4701: Multimedia in the Community

  • ENGL 4740: Honors in Writing

  • ENGL 4995: Senior Writing Project

TOTAL: 36 hours

OptionalStudents may complete up to four ENGL courses that are either 3000- or 4000-level that are not on this list (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), toward the 18 elective credits.