Department of English

Writing Lab

Why Study English & Communications

Students in the English Department study and practice written, oral, and visual communication, both utilitarian and creative, through our four options: Communications, General English, Writing, and English Education. What we're also doing, though, is exploring: the linguistic and literary history of Western culture, non-Western literature, the relationships between cultures in the Southwest, shared human values -- and the whole of human experience.

Why Study English & Communications at Fort Lewis College

Learning by doing is the trademark of the English Department, with a campus radio station, a literary magazine, and a campus news magazine housed in the the college's state-of-the-art Media Center in the new Student Union. Video production and multimedia students also have exclusive access to the Digital Media Lab and Multimedia Studio.

Students also get to work and study with guest scholars, writers, and filmmakers. And they get their own professional experience through our Student Film Festival and with local, regional, and national internships -- including work on Cutthroat, an international literary magazine.

We are unique from similar programs at other colleges in three ways:
  1. Combination of all four options (General, Communications, Writing and English Education) in one department, firmly grounded in the Liberal Arts tradition.
  2. Emphasis on convergent media, interconnected storytelling in a variety of media and formats.
  3. Individualized attention and small classes combined with mentoring and advising of all our majors by tenured and tenure-tracked faculty who hold terminal degrees in their fields.

Academic Options in English

Student Updates

  • Gavin Wisdom, English major, just had his first poem accepted by THE RALEIGH REVIEW.  Kudos to Gavin!  He is also going to study at the Prague Summer Programs this summer. 
  • Brian Kortz, a former Communications major, landed his first professional jobs in Miami, Florida, where he covered pro sports teams for ESPN Radio, while also working in sports information for Barry University. Currently living in Missouri, he continues to cover pro teams for a variety of media outlets, while serving as Sports Information Director at Lincoln University of Missouri in Jefferson City.
  • English Communication graduate Sarah Baumgartner has recently become the Program Director at KDUR: Fort Lewis College Community Radio Station.
  • English Communications graduate Megan Graham has recently become Executive Director of the San Juan Citizen’s Alliance.
  • Joshua Shipman, Rebecca Thill, Jesse Maloney (all English majors) and Shawn Yazzie (Theatre major) went to Prague with Pam Uschuk this summer to attend a creative writing institute.
  • English Education graduate Dan Garner is teaching at Durango High School.
Faculty News
  • Delilah Orr and Faron Scott have been promoted to Professor of English; Shawn Fullmer has attained tenure and is now an Associate Professors of English.
  • Leslie Blood and Pamela Uschuk have joined the Faculty in the English and Communications Department.