Nov 26, 2020  
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog 
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Chair:  Nancy Ciccone
Associate Chair: Michelle Comstock
Program Assistant: Francine Olivas-Zarate
Program Assistant: Elaine Beemer
Office: 1015 9th Street Park
Telephone: 303-556-2584
Fax: 303-556-2959


Jeffrey Franklin, PhD, University of Florida  
Bradford K. Mudge, PhD, University of Texas, Austin  
Associate Professors:
Joanne Addison, PhD, Purdue University
Pompa Banerjee, PhD, University of Massachusetts
Nancy Ciccone, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Michelle Comstock, PhD, Purdue University
Colleen Donnelly, PhD, University of Washington
Philip Joseph, PhD, State University of New York, Buffalo
Gillian Silverman, PhD, Duke University
Catherine A. Wiley, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Cynthia Wong, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Ian Ying, PhD, University of Arizona
Assistant Professors:
Brian Barker, PhD, University of Houston
Nicole Beer, PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia
Teague Bohlen, MFA, Arizona State University
James Fiumara, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Hagelin, PhD, University of Virginia
Rodney Herring, PhD, University of Texas, Austin
Amy Vidali, PhD, University of Washington


English majors learn to acquire and synthesize information and to present their ideas and opinions skillfully. They find employment in fields in which the sophisticated use of language is necessary for achievement and advancement. Many graduates go on to postgraduate study, not only in writing, film studies and literature, but to schools of medicine, law, education, journalism and business.




Undergraduates wishing to major in English must declare the major and option by the time they have completed 60 semester hours. The English major allows a student to choose from one of three options: literature, creative writing or film studies. Students interested in a double major must choose one option in English as well as the English writing major and are required to complete 21 different courses (63 hours).



BA in English With Secondary Teacher Licensure

Students seeking secondary English teacher licensure may pursue a BA in English with a restricted literature option. This enables them to complete their English major as well as fulfill requirements for licensure at the undergraduate level. See the description of Undergraduate Teacher Licensure  on the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) Urban Community Teacher Education program page for more information.

Departmental Honors

Latin honors may be earned by participating in the department’s honors program. Students with a 3.5 GPA in English are encouraged to begin the program in their junior year. The program requires additional course work (1-3 hours) and affords students the opportunity to work individually with the professor of their choice. Detailed information is available in the English department office.


The Department of English also offers four separate minors. No courses taken for a minor may be counted toward an English major.

Literature Minor 

Writing Minor 

Creative Writing Minor 

Film Studies Minor 





The English department also offers a graduate certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Teaching English Language Learners Graduate Certificate ( CTELL) 


Additional Information

For additional information on majors, options, minors and certificates call the Department of English office at 303-556-2584. 



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