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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of English and Literary Arts

Department of English

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Majors


Students majoring in English declare one of the four concentrations depending on their prospective career interests. Descriptions of the concentrations and their requirements are listed below.

Study Abroad

Students in good academic standing may participate in the University's Cherrington Global Scholars Study Abroad Program at standard DU tuition costs, with travel expenses paid by the University. Upper division Study Abroad credits in English literature, international/ethnic literature, or creative writing may count toward the major, although in unusual cases they may be designated as fulfilling the University's unrestricted electives requirement.

The National English Honor Society

The English Department is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for details.

Pre-Admission Program for Majors to the MA

Beginning in Fall 2018, the Department offers pre-admission to our MA in Literary Studies. Extraordinarily high-performing majors with a 3.9 GPA or above and good Departmental standing will receive an offer of pre-admission to the MA. These exceptional students in the major are fast-tracked for admission into the MA and will have several admission requirements waived (including the GRE). For further information, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Adam Rovner.

Foothills, The Undergraduate Literary Journal

All undergraduate students at the University of Denver who are interested in creative writing, journalism, or visual arts are encouraged to become involved in Foothills. This annual literary journal is managed, edited, and published by a committee of undergraduate English students who work in consultation with a faculty advisor from the Department of English.

Internship Opportunities

Majors are encouraged to apply for an internship with our partner Tethered by Letters, an organization that allows our students to fulfill “distance” internships in publishing and editing. For more information, see