The Boise State University Department of English plays an important role in the university’s strategic mission to become a metropolitan research university of distinction. We promote academic excellence by teaching students ways of engaging, inquiring, and learning through intensive study of language, and by involving them in creating, comprehending, and interpreting different kinds of text in various media. Our students thus build foundations for successful careers in the many fields that rely on effective and creative communication. We contribute directly to a vibrant culture, on campus and off, by encouraging aesthetic appreciation of languages and literatures, and by reinforcing the unique role of the humanities in promoting critical thinking through textual study that employs multiple perspectives. We contribute to public engagement by participating actively in local, regional, national, and global communities through publications, readings, consultations, performances, teacher-support and service-learning programs, and internships. And we produce exceptional scholarship and creative works, which help establish our faculty as intellectual and artistic leaders.
Approved October 26, 2005.