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The Department of English offers students the opportunity to follow their passion for reading and writing. Our English programs ground students in the knowledge and practice of cultural, literary, and rhetorical interpretation and history, and offer them the platforms to develop into highly proficient academic, creative, and professional writers.

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.

Contact Us

Office: Ross 1284
Phone: (970) 351-2707

Dr. Sarah Cornish
Department Chair

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Department News and Announcements

2024 Greeley Zine Fest at LINC Library

Creative Minds Meet at First Greeley Zine Fest

The English Department partnered with the High Plains Library District to host the inaugural Greeley Zine Fest on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Local writers, artists and other creatives expressed themselves through a variety of zines, a medium that has deep roots in supporting independent voices. Philip Goodwin, instructor in the English department, organized the event, which took inspiration from a class he teaches. His students study culture and its writing styles through zines — which are small-circulation, independent publications. Read the article from the Greeley Tribune here.

Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales

Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Publishes Co-Edited Collection of Essays

“In Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales editors Melissa Ridley Elmes and Kristin Bovaird-Abbo gather eleven original studies examining scenes of food and feasting in premodern outlaw texts ranging from the tenth through the seventeenth centuries and forward to their cinematic adaptations. Along with fresh insights into the popular Robin Hood legend, these essays investigate the intersections of outlawry, food studies, and feasting in Old English, Middle English, and French outlaw narratives, Anglo-Scottish border ballads, early modern ballads and dramatic works, and cinematic medievalism. The range of critical and disciplinary approaches employed, including history, literary studies, cultural studies, food studies, gender studies, and film studies, highlights the inherently interdisciplinary nature of outlaw narratives.” More information about this publication can be found here.

Writing Center

We believe every writer needs a reader, and all writers, even strong writers, can benefit from visiting with a Writing Center Consultant. Our consultants come from a variety of majors and backgrounds and are trained to work with writing of all types, from all disciplines. You’re the content expert. We’re the writing experts. Let’s work together!

Writing Center Services

  • One-on-one assistance with writing from any major or level
  • Help with writing at any stage of the writing process - from brainstorming to proofreading and editing
  • Assistance with any type of citation style and formatting
  • Patient and kind consultants who genuinely want to help writers best communicate their ideas
  • Three types of sessions to fit student needs: in-person, email, and Zoom
  • Walk-in sessions available in our Ross Hall 1230 location during week days

Contact The Writing Center

Email: writingcenter@unco.edu or English@unco.edu 
Phone: 970-351-2056

Location: Ross Hall 1230

Writing Center Website

International Film Series

Administered by the English Department's Film Studies program, the International Film Series (IFS) at the University of Northern Colorado partners with campus groups and community organizations to bring you the very best international and domestic films! 

Films are screened on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Lindou Auditorium (basement of Michener Library). Learn more about IFS.

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Students during history of book class

The History of the Book

English 495, The History of the Book, demonstrates how books were created before the printing press.

Being able to get a true feeling of all the components of the book, from how it's made to how it began, has been immensely satisfying as an English major and fellow book lover.

Rory Harbert, Class of 2019

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