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Literature faculty mapping new terrain

About Our Program

Literature at Boise State University

“. . . the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels.”
Barack Obama

Winter Banquet 2014; Literature sparks enthusiasm

Literature sparks enthusiasm

A University of Toronto study shows that people who read fiction develop higher levels of empathy, and many listings for highly paid jobs list empathy as a necessary qualification.

Boise State’s literature courses provide you with lasting personal satisfaction and skills that are vital for a variety of professions.

You will learn to

he most important social skill we can have is, perhaps, being able to understand reality.

  • think critically
  • communicate effectively
  • organize meaningfully
  • respond with empathy
  • handle ambiguity
  • understand works of the imagination
  • delight in other perspectives
  • read with awareness of historical and cultural context
  • recognize multiple ways of reading
  • appreciate the beauty and power of language

Literature faculty mapping new terrain

Literature faculty mapping new terrain

You will encounter dynamic faculty with a wide range of expertise. Boise State’s literature faculty care deeply about students and are committed to working closely with you in the classroom. Together with other students, you will explore exciting ideas and inspiring works of imaginative writing.

For more information, contact Dr. Mac Test, Director of Literature and Humanities, at

"I learned to be a reader and writer, which is not a profession but a way of life, a way of seeing the world. I understand the world through the stories I've read and make sense of the world through the daily investigation and expression that is my writing." - Alumni Comment