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Exploring Language and Literature

UNC'S English program offers outstanding preparation for any profession or occupation that requires critical thinking, analysis and verbal or written communication. 

Graduates of this program are prepared to enter professions such as teaching, writing, business, management, and media, as well as professional and graduate programs in English, literature, critical theory, business, law and medicine (with appropriate science preparation). 

Degree Options

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Develop advanced analytical thinking and communications skills you can apply to virtually any career. Blending studies in literature, language, writing and speaking, the Liberal Arts emphasis provides you with a foundation for professional and graduate study options, from law and science, to media and technology.

Secondary Teaching Emphasis

Join one of Colorado’s top English teacher preparation programs. Not only do we place student teachers throughout the state, the job placement rate for our English secondary teaching majors is almost 100 percent.

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What can you do as an English major at UNC?

  • Take part in undergraduate writing internships offered through the Journal of Literary Criticism for the College English Association
  • Hear distinguished writers share and discuss their works as part of our week-long Rosenberry Writers’ Conference
  • Write, edit and publish The Crucible, a biannual journal of prose, poetry and art
  • Experience our International Film Series, Colorado’s longest-running student-sponsored film program
  • Participate in Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society

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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.

Rory Harbert, Class of 2019

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Your Future in English Language Studies

At UNC, you’ll be challenged, supported and enriched by experiential learning opportunities and guided by top faculty who are dedicated to helping you succeed. Our undergraduate English program features classes in literature, writing, language, critical theory, film and cultural studies. We also offer creative writing courses in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, editing and screenwriting.

Consider UNC's English B.A. if you want to:

  • Develop your communication skills while gaining a strong background in English literature
  • Teach English in secondary schools
  • Gain practical experience through community internships
  • Achieve a strong sense of community through close faculty mentorship and shared success in challenging courses

You’ll learn:

  • How to work on deadline, communicate effectively and think creatively
  • British and American literary history and context
  • Literary theory and criticism
  • The effects of changing media and the role of English in global communication

Sample courses:

  • Shakespeare in Context: Tragedies and Romances
  • Diaspora and Globalization in American Literature
  • Intermediate Screenwriting
  • Literary Theory
  • The Art of Persuasion


Sarah Cornish, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Sarah Cornish earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Irvine; her master’s at Boston College; and her doctorate at Fordham University. She is the faculty advisor for UNC’s International Film Series (IFS), is co-director of the Department of English’s Writing Internship Program and serves as secretary and member of the board for Greeley’s annual Go West Film Festival.

Cornish focuses on British and American (transatlantic) modernism; women writers; “the middlebrow”; literary and social culture of the interwar period; urban and space/place theory; architecture and the built environment; feminist theory; phenomenology of the city; women in the city; visual culture and spectacle; film history and theory (in particular French New Wave, British Cinema, and Pre-Code Hollywood); the digital turn (practices in Digital Humanities, multimodality, remediation).

She is also the co-founder of the Feminist inter/Modernist Association (FiMA), which is the professional organization for the forthcoming journal Feminist Modernist Studies. FiMA offers support to scholars working on women writers, feminists and culture-makers of the late 19th through the mid-20th century (1870-1970). Emphasizing modern women, gender, sexuality and feminist issues, the society offers networking and resources for ongoing work in the burgeoning, feminist areas of cultural studies and global, transnational studies; for the recovery of underexplored or “lost” women writers and producers of art/culture; and for new developments in feminist critical theory. By opening up space for discussions about the limitations of period and genre on women’s literary and cultural history, FiMA members actively rethink categories and definitions of modernism, modernity and cultural studies from a feminist perspective. Open to researchers, teachers and common readers, the association provides a network for feminist scholarship.

In 2014, Cornish received UNC’s First Year Scholars Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award, and she was nominated for UNC’s Inspiring Woman Award in 2015.

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Where can your degree take you?

English majors bring communication, critical thinking, creative and interpretive skills to the job market that are in demand in a wide variety of careers. An English degree also provides an excellent foundation for pursuing further graduate study. These are just a few of your options:

  • Teacher
  • Business
  • Marketing and advertising writer
  • Editor
  • Public relations manager
  • Communications specialist
  • Professional writing
  • Management
  • Law school
  • Medical school

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