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Department of English

Department of English

Undergraduate Majors

Further information on the English Major

Credit Hours

All English majors are required to take a minimum of 44 credit hours in the English Department. However, a student may take up to 60 credit hours in English courses toward meeting the 183 quarter hours required for the Bachelor's degree at the University of Denver. Students must earn a C- or better for each course to satisfy the requirements of the English Major. English 2021: Business Technical Writing does not count toward the Major. Each English major student is assigned an academic advisor from the department.

Departmental Distinction in English

Students with a 3.5 GPA or above in the English major are eligible for Departmental Distinction.

Thesis Requirement

Students seeking recognition for "Distinction in English" are required to complete a 40-page thesis during the fall and winter quarters of their senior year. See "Instructions for Distinction in English," "Undergraduate Distinction Statement of Intent" and "Summary of Thesis" forms for complete details of the English Honors program. Please note that by the end of the 1st week of the Spring Quarter, students submit either:

  • a 40-50 page analytic research thesis or
  • a fiction and/or poetry project of a length to be determined by the student and the faculty director

Two copies of the work are to be submitted, unbound, to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Each thesis will be read by the student's thesis director and one other faculty member. Written reports and recommendations for "Distinction" will be returned to the student and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. A final, bound copy of the thesis, with all required revisions and corrections, must be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by May 15 of the Spring quarter of the student's senior (or final) year.

Course Requirements

Students who intend to write a critical literary thesis must also complete:

  1. 3800 Bibliography & Research (offered only in the Fall quarter)
  2. 3995 Independent Research [Distinction Colloquium ] (2 hrs., Winter quarter)
  3. One 3000-level Literary Theory course [e.g., 3035, 3036, 3823, 3825]
  4. One additional 3000-level course

Students who intend to write a creative thesis must also complete:

  1. 3852 Topics in Poetics or 3800 Bibliography & Research
  2. 3991 Independent Study with Thesis Director (2 hr.)
  3. One 3000-level Literary Theory course [e.g., 3035, 3036, 3823, 3825]
  4. One 3000-level Creative Writing course