Studying English at DU is about more than reading texts and writing papers. Since our classes rarely include more than 15 students, you'll receive personal attention from your professors as you develop your communication skills and learn to think critically and imaginatively. Your faculty are accomplished writers, editors and critics who regularly have their work published in prestigious journals, and mentors who are passionate about the written word in all of its forms. Paired with robust internship opportunities and advising to help you carve a post-grad niche that inspires your interests, an English degree from DU can power you to a fruitful career in a wide range of fields.
The Value of an English Degree
As an English major at DU, you'll immerse yourself in the literary traditions of the English language, exploring texts and cultural concepts across cultural and political borders. While you learn to interpret challenging prose and the intricacies of poetry, you'll also build excellent oral and written communication skills that you can apply to almost any career field after you graduate.
In today's fast-paced digital world, the ability to write with clarity and purpose is a rare talent that is highly sought by employers across industries. From publishing and editing to journalism, marketing, consulting, law, nonprofit work and beyond, our students have gone on to thrive as professionals and engaged members of their communities.
The English program is also a platform from which you can launch graduate-level work. Whether you wish to continue your studies in English or branch out into a master's or doctorate in another field, the skills you learn as an English major will empower you to approach any subject matter with confidence.
Careers with an English Degree
Brink Literacy Internship Program
For several years, the department has partnered with the Brink Literacy Project, a nonprofit endeavor focused on creating literacy, writing and creative storytelling programs for incarcerated persons at facilities in Colorado. Alongside their community-focused mission, Brink also publishes a triannual collection of literature and art called F(r)iction, which aims to center marginalized voices and amplify boundary-breaking prose and poetry.
For our students, the partnership is an opportunity to apply for exciting internships through Brink's editorial and publishing platforms. Students can apply regardless of location and will work closely with Brink's creative team to hone skills in editing and writing while exploring the intricacies of the publishing industry.
Brink offers three internship opportunities per year in the spring, summer and fall, including one paid position per session. Students can receive academic credit for their work in the internship.Learn More