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Undergraduate Program

We offer five emphases for majoring with a B.A. in English — English Teaching, Linguistics, Literature, Technical Communication, and Writing — as well as minors in English and Linguistics. We also offer an undergraduate certificate in technical communication.

English Teaching

The English teaching emphasis fulfills Idaho certification requirements and prepares students to teach in school districts around the country. A Minor Teaching Endorsement in English is also available.

Contact: Dr. Jim Fredricksen,


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 linguistics minor provides students the opportunity to enroll in linguistics courses to enhance their major in anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science, international business, and languages.

Contact: Dr. Michal Temkin Martinez,


In the literature emphasis, students encounter a wide range of imaginative writing, gaining critical analysis and communication skills, perspectives from outside our culture, and ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity.

Contact: Dr. Mac Test,

Technical Communication

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 certificate in technical communication at Boise State is intended primarily for those students who do not wish to become professional technical communicators, but who wish to improve their writing and editing skills.

Contact: Dr. Roger Munger,


The creative writing emphasis with study in poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose, and courses in literature, gives students an opportunity to write, design, edit and publish their own work.

The rhetoric and composition emphasis offers students a chance to become writing specialists through coursework in writing, rhetoric, persuasion, and speech.

Contact: Dr. Whitney Douglas,