Admission & Aid
Apply to DU's English programs and begin a journey that will take you through a diverse canon of prose, poetry and nonfiction literature to investigate how the written word intersects with and shapes society. Whether you're an undergraduate considering an English major or a graduate student seeking to advance your inquiry into literature and writing, discover the possibilities in the Department of English & Literary Arts.
As an English major at DU, you'll explore the full breadth and depth of English literature, including works in English translation, building a robust foundation in diverse texts. You'll also delve into cultural and historical interpretations of the English literary canon, contextualizing major texts in both prose and poetry while you develop strong writing and critical thinking skills.
Prospective undergraduates who are interested in studying English at DU should apply through the Common App or the University of Denver application and contact the Department of English & Literary Arts to request more information on courses and programs.Learn More Apply Now
CAHSS Tuition Assistance
The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences offers both need- and merit-based scholarships for students in DU English programs.Learn More
Graduate Program Admission
Literary Studies MA
Our master's program in English & Literary Arts features a concentration in literary studies, with opportunities to specialize in several global traditions of English literature, critical theory or genre studies.Learn More
English & Literary Arts PhD - Literary Studies
Students seeking to augment and specify their studies of English literature can apply to our PhD program with a concentration in literary studies, with coursework and dissertation topics covering traditional literary fields, rhetoric, cultural studies, ethnic literatures and gender studies.Learn More
English & Literary Arts PhD - Creative Writing
For creative writers who want to complement their work in prose, poetry or non-fiction with coursework in literary studies, the PhD concentration in creative writing offers opportunities to further your writing practice and develop a robust portfolio of written work.Learn More
Prospective Student Events
The Department of English & Literary Arts takes the placement of our PhD graduate students seriously. While obtaining a PhD is geared primarily toward placement in academic positions, we encourage our students to imagine non-traditional and boundary-pushing career trajectories as well. Our recent graduates have secured tenure-track, teaching and administrative positions at universities, colleges, community colleges and secondary schools across the U.S. Others have found fruitful careers as community engagement specialists, lawyers, physicians, editors, technical writers, and research directors for non-profit and corporate organizations.
Graduate Student Financial Aid
Graduate Aid from CAHSS
The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences offers a range of scholarships, grants and other forms of financial support for master's or PhD students pursuing degrees in English and literary arts. Work-study positions are also available within the Department of English & Literary Arts after approval from our financial aid offices.Learn More
DU Financial Aid & Awards
DU provides as much aid as possible to graduate students, allocating some $46 million in grants and scholarships for master's and PhD students. The University also offers tuition assistance for undocumented students.Learn More
Denver School of Forms & Poetics
Assembling the insight and creativity of DU Department of English & Literary Arts faculty and guest lecturers, the Denver School of Forms & Poetics offers a two-week program featuring seminars and workshops aimed at a critical discussion of literature and aesthetics. All students are welcome to apply, but undergraduate seniors and graduate students preparing to finish their studies may find the program's intercultural reach and analysis of forms especially useful.Learn More