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

Honors Conovocation 

Students from the English Department were recognized for academic excellence at the annual HSS Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Congratulations to Tamara Faour, Rachel Hammer, Brittany Hicks, Brooke Maulsby, Jenna Vandebrake, Tucker Blake, Tara Delong, Minatharin Hoeft, and Michelle Springer! View the full list of honorees here and check out more photos on the HSS Facebook page.

The Department of English is co-sponsoring a Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series lecture, "Poetics of Justice, Hope and Social Change," by Jimmy Santiago Baca on March 29th from 5-7 p.m. in the UC Zachariah's food court. Jimmy Santiago Baca learned to read and began turning his life around during a five-year maximum security prison sentence, emerging as a prolific artist of the spoken and written word. Don't miss out on this powerful lecture that speaks to the disenfranchised. 


English student Marissa Baca is featured in a new campaign by University Relations to share the experiences of UNC students to the wider world. "Higher education experience at eye level" is UNC's current statewide advertising campaign attempts to underline what that means for UNC Bears.

Watch the Videos

The Greeley Tribune recently featured a story about an interesting new school in the works for Greeley: No desks, no walls, no problem for proposed Greeley school, the Fred Tjardes School of Innovation.  One of the founders, Courtney Luce, is in the School of Teacher Education but also teaches periodically for the Department of English. 

The English Department hosted a successful 2017 Rosenberry Writers' Conference featuring award winning authors Brad Watson (fiction), Felicia Rose Chavez (creative nonfiction), and Juan Morales (poetry). Check out the Rosenberry Writers' Conference Facebook page to see pictures.

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