With more than 50 full-time faculty representing six fields, we are the largest academic department on campus. Our size and our diversity allows us to offer students a unique experience to learn about, get involved with, and explore career choices in their areas of interest. We are proud to foster a supportive learning and teaching community inclusive of both students and faculty. [read more]
Jacky O’Connor, Recipient of COAS Award
Professor Jacky O'Connor received the 2015 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award for overall excellence in research, teaching, and service.
Visiting Distinguished Professor, Denis Johnson, Reading
Denis Johnson taught the MFA fiction workshop that is the core course in the MFA program fall semester 2015. He also read from his work in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom.
Pierre Joris is Visiting Professor
Pierre Joris has published some 50 books of poems, essays & translations. He is the author-in-residence at Boise State University for spring semester 2016.
New Issue of Literary Journal Features Joyce Carol Oates, T.C. Boyle
This special fiction issue of The Idaho Review includes work from Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Beattie, T.C. Boyle, Rick Moody, Susan Straight and Ron Carlson. It's available at the campus bookstore.
Ahsahta Press Tops Poetry Best-Seller List
Ahsahta Press, the nonprofit poetry press housed at Boise State, is once again dominating the best-seller list maintained by Small Press Distribution.
‘The Write Class’ a National Model for Placing Students
Heidi Estrem, Dawn Shepherd, and Samantha Sturman, created The Write Class, an online evidence-based tool that matches students to the English writing class in which they’re most likely to flourish.
First-Year Writing Program honored with the 2015 Award for Innovation
Presented by the Council on Basic Writing, the award recognizes writing programs for innovations that improve student success through creative approaches that may be extended to other institutions.
Events & Readings
Jan 31 2016
Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally celebrated poet, translator and performer with over ninety books of poetry
Jan 14 2016
Peter will be reading from his acclaimed translations of the 19th century French poet Stéphane Mallarmé,
Jan 13 2016
Attend a lecture entitled Messy Rivers are Healthy Rivers. Ellen Wohl, Professor, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State
Jan 12 2016
Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Kansas, will discuss John Muir and the Religion of
Jan 11 2016
Attend Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s lecture entitled Adventures in a Natural History Museum. Ulrich is a 300th
Student Organizations & Activities
Feb 01 2016
CARDS AGAINST CALAMITY: Boise State Technical Communication Program ...
Feb 01 2016
Join linguistics students and faculty at the 2016 Engineering and Science ...
Jan 29 2016
Writing Workshop Flyer,(CWI & BSU) Final, SP1Do you have stories to ...
Jan 28 2016
The Freewrite Club meets for a Write-a-Thon in the Writing Center on ...
Jan 28 2016
The campus Career Fair is coming on February 24, and the English ...
Jan 27 2016
Join the Freewrite Club every Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm in the ...