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Programs of Study

The English Department offers undergraduate B.A. degrees to learn the skills that employers seek, prepare yourself for graduate work in English, or simply satisfy your personal interests.

We also offer graduate M.A. programs in literature, rhetoric and composition, teaching English language arts, and in technical communication, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.

Undergraduate and graduate certificates in technical communication are also available.

Bachelor’s Degrees

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 practical skills in writing, analysis, and technology to create, design, manage, and deliver print and online documents that help users to understand and complete tasks quickly and easily.
  • 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, Teaching English Language Arts, Technical Communication, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, providing students opportunities to further personal enrichment and to improve career skills.