The Department of English grounds students in the knowledge and practice of literary interpretation and history, as well as rhetorical theory and practice. 

In addition, we train teachers in a variety of pedagogical models and encourage them to reflect critically upon the teaching profession and their place therein. We produce literate citizens and teachers of exceptional merit, with the ability to interpret and contextualize acts of signification in relation to their conditions of production and reception.

News and Announcements

english honorsThe Department of English recognized outstanding students at the 2016 College of Humanities & Social Sciences Honors Convocation on April 10.

Congratulations to 2016 Student Literary Award winners: Kate Levin (poetry), Jason Keller (fiction) and Lashanah TIller (creative nonfiction). These awards are given annually at the UNC Rosenberry Writers' Conference.

Writing Center

Our mission is to foster confidence, growth, and self-sufficiency in the writer. Since we desire to see advancement in the writer’s aptitude and knowledge of writing, we do not edit but instead teach clients how to revise their own work. Tutors work with all types of writing and with writers from all levels and abilities. Clients benefit from collaborating with knowledgeable, friendly tutors in a positive atmosphere.

Writing Center Services

  • Free, confidential tutoring on an appointment-only basis
  • Tutoring assistance for all writing from essays to scholarship letters to doctoral dissertations
  • Help with all stages of the writing process
  • Help with understanding and using documentation styles
  • Useful handouts covering almost every writing concern from punctuation to documentation
  • Help for those writing in English as an additional language

Contact The Director

Director: Crystal Brothe
Email: Crystal.Brothe@unco.edu
Phone: (970) 351-2056 (Writing Center)

Writing Center Website

Regular Hours

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment

Summer Hours

May 10 - July 28

Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. by appointment



The English Education Program and University Libraries will revive a tradition, the Read-In. On the first Tuesday of each month, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, there will be public readings of texts (literary or otherwise) that celebrate or commemorate a theme relevant to that month.

Read In