English @ Adams State

If you love to read or write fiction, poetry or essays - if you enjoy the challenge of putting your thoughts and ideas into writing - then one of these English majors is made for you.

It will be the beginning of a lifetime in the company of the world's greatest writers and thinkers. Our expert faculty will be there to help you enter that world!

Our program features:

  • Excellent teaching faculty
  • Small classes
  • Personalized attention

You can choose one of four degree programs

English with an emphasis in Liberal Arts

A basic liberal education that can open doors in business, government, and more specialized fields such as public relations and advertising.

English with an emphasis in Secondary Education

Prepares students to teach high school. English teachers are in high demand and ASU graduates have been placed throughout the U.S.

English with an emphasis in Creative Writing

Explore your creativity while learning to write for many audiences in many different genres.

English with an emphasis in:

Enter the world of print journalism, broadcasting, video production or online publication.

The Minor

English Minor

Develop the critical thinking and communication skills you need to enhance your career prospects, and have fun while doing so. 18 credits total, and the only required course is ENG 203, Major Themes in Literature.

And a note to STEM and Computer Science majors: If you take ENG 203; ENG 226, Basic Grammar; and either ENG 357, Linguistics, or ENG 363, Advanced Composition, you’re already half-way there!

Creative Writing Minor

Learn the essentials of narrative and the power of poetry. 18 credits total. Two required courses, ENG 203 and ENG 227, Introduction to Creative Writing, plus three creative writing courses of your choice, and one specialized reading course.

Mass Communication Minor

Please contact Dr. Beth Bonnstetter at bbonnstetter@adams.edu or 719-587-7494 for information on creating a tailor-made minor that addresses your specific needs.

Hear from our English students

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Hanna Hays

Has worked in the Writing Studio for three semesters. She is majoring in English/secondary education. "Being able to work through others' writing helps me with my writing." She loves the English Department and said the professors are "more than teachers, they are friends."

She also gains valuable experience working for Upward Bound. "I want to teach and am receiving solid experience through the Writing Studio and Upward Bound."

What can I do with a degree in English?

English is a versatile major. It stresses the crucial skills of writing, reading, and speaking, and it prepares students for a wide variety of careers:

  • Secondary teaching in English
  • Print and broadcast journalism
  • Public relations
  • Law school
  • Author
  • Graduate school in English