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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

Students Recognized at 2019 Honors Convocation


English students Sofia Ahlberg, Laci Durham, Clark David Ellis, Madeleine Hsin, Holly Hunt, Jessica McCombs, Meredith McGowan, Elijah Solt, and Brenna Timm were recognized on April 14th for excellence in their program. Timothy Hernandez was awarded the Undergraduate Research Award and served as the keynote speaker. Congratulations! View the event program. See all the event photos.

Teacher at the front of a classroom instructing students.

UNC's Department of English to Host High Schoolers for Prairie Writer's Workshop

The Prairie Writer’s Workshop is designed to rethink how K-12 art education is produced in rural schools, foregoing media based instruction for a more dynamic cultural aesthetic practice that encourages students to reflect on their relationship to the past, present and future of the rural places. Students build fluency in writing techniques and, in the past, have attained hands-on design and publishing experience. The Prairie Writers Workshop not only transforms educational exchanges and enhances alternative methods of teaching and learning but gives voice to a new generation of rural citizens. On Thursday, April 25th, students from University, Wray, and Arikaree High Schools will meet with various English instructors to learn about the range of what they can do with a degree in English and writing, avenues for self-expression through writing, and about UNC in general. Learn more about the Prairie Writer's Conference.

 A photo of two cosplayers in their Game of Thrones costumes.

Embracing the World of Westeros Through Cosplay

George R. R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series has gained quite a following since HBO created the hit show, "Game of Thrones," including professional cosplayers who dress as characters from the show and book series. Two such cosplayers, Ginny Di and Caitlin Postal, were on campus on March 29 as part of the Neal Cross Lecture Series. The cosplayers discussed the phenomenon of cosplay from 7pm-9pm in the Panorama Room of the University Center. If you're interested, you can learn more about the Neal Cross Lecture Series. 


Malaika Michel-Fuller, recent winner of a fellowship for her leadership and civic engagement.

UNC Junior Wins Civics Fellowship

Congrats to English major Malaika Michel-Fuller for being recognized for her leadership and civic engagement! She is one of 262 students chosen nationwide for the Newman Civics Fellowship program and is the first UNC student to earn the one-year fellowship. The fellowship provides resources to develop social change strategies for public leadership. We're so excited to see what she's going to do with it! Read full Fellowship announcement.

Professor Delivers Keynote Address at 2019 SASSI Conference

Dr. Andreas Mueller, Professor and Chair of the Department of English, presented the keynote address at the Society for the Academic Study of Social Imagery (SASSI) Conference on March 8, 2019. This year's theme was ADVENTURE to celebrate the tercentenary of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Learn more about SASSI.

Andreas Mueller stands at a podium, pointing to a screen, and speaking to an audience as he delivers a Keynote to the SASSI conference.

2019 Rosenberry Writer's Conference

On February 25, 26, and 27, the Department of English hosted three amazing authors. Each featured author read a selection from one of their works. Learn more about the 2019 Rosenberry Writer’s Conference.

A triptych displaying the three authors presenting at the 2019 Rosenberry Writer's 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 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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Check back soon for our Fall 2019 schedule of films!

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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