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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.

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Contact Us

Department of English
Ross 1284

Phone: (970) 351-2971

Dr. Andreas Mueller
Department Chair

Kimberly Metcalf

Administrative Assistant

Office Hours

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

Department News and Announcements

Fall 2019 Meet and Greet for English Students

A poster displaying a handshake and a slice of pizza to advertise the upcoming English student meet and greet.  

On Wednesday, September 4th, students enrolled in either English major or any of the English minors are invited to a meet and greet in the department. Students are invited to come by the English Department conference room in Ross 1268 between 12pm-1:30pm to meet fellow English students and professors across the English discipline. Pizza and light snacks will be served. We look forwrad to meeting you then!

Writing Center Open House 

A poster for the upcoming Writing Center event displaying time, date, and location. 

 All UNC students are welcome and encouraged to stop by the Writing Center's Fall 2019 Open House! On September 4 between 3pm and 5pm, "pop" by to have some popcorn, meet this year's consultants, and learn how the Writing Center can improve your writing, formatting, and composition...before your next paper is due. 

 UNC Professor Elected to Flagship National Body on Composition

Dr. Tara Wood smiles in a staff photo.

Tara Wood, current Director of UNC's Writing Program, was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the Conference on College Composition and Communication Executive Committee (CCCC). Her three-year term starts January 22. Congratulations, Dr. Wood! Read more about Dr. Wood's election.

 WSECS Now Accepting Proposals for February 2020

 A copy of the CFP for the WSECS conference.

The Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) is currently accepting proposals for the February 14-15, 2020 conference to be held in Fort Collins, Colorado. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals related to this year's theme, which is "The Eighteenth-Century Anthropocene and Biodiversity." Dr. Andreas Mueller of UNC's Department of English is co-organizing the conference. Learn more about WSECS.

International Film Series Presents: Mean Girls

The movie poster for "Mean Girls." which is the first film shown by IFS this semester.

The International Film Series proudly presents Mean Girls as its first film of the year.
Catch it on Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4 at 7pm in Lindou Auditorium (located in the basement of Michener Library.) Connect with IFS. Or find out what other films they're going to screen this semester.


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 Writing Center

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

Writing Center Website

Regular Hours

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

Wednesday, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. walk-in
(Michener Library)

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. by appointment

Summer Hours

Online tutoring only

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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Mean Girls 

"Mean Girls" movie poster.


The International Film Series proudly presents Mean Girls as its first film of the year.
Catch it on Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4 at 7pm in Lindou Auditorium (located in the basement of Michener Library.) We look forward to having you join us!

Students during history of book class

The History of Bookmaking

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.

Mary Harbert, Senior English major

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