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English Department

Chair
Michelle Payne

Bachelor’s Degrees
Within the English major, you can learn the skills that employers seek, prepare yourself for graduate work in English, or simply satisfy your personal interests.

Students may choose from the following five emphases:

  • The English Teaching Emphasis fulfills Idaho certification requirements and prepares students to teach in school districts around the country.
  • The Linguistics Emphasis provides the opportunity for closer study of how language works and its connections with related fields such as anthropology, sociology, and psychology; the linguistics emphasis also leads to graduate study and careers in linguistics and teaching English as a second language.
  • The Literature Emphasis (combining two former emphases, General Literature and Liberal Arts) allows you to study a wide range of authors, genres, and periods in English and American literature, as well as English-language literature produced in post-colonial and ethnic minority cultures.
  • In the Technical Communication Emphasis, students learn to produce a wide variety of print and online documents for users in the computer industry, in the health sciences, and in many other fields.
  • The Writing Emphasis, with components in poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose, rhetoric and composition, and courses in book arts, gives students an opportunity to write, design, edit and publish their own work.

Master’s Degrees
The department offers Master’s programs in Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, and Technical Communication and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, providing students opportunities to further personal enrichment and to improve career skills.

General Information
The links on the main navigation column provide additional information about the English department.