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Undergraduate Program

We offer four emphases for majoring with a B.A. in English — English Teaching, Linguistics, Literature, and Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication — as well as minors in English, Linguistics, and Literature. 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,

Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

As of Fall 2018, the English Department will offer the emphasis of writing, rhetoric, and technical communication (WRTC). WRTC combines the best elements of rhetoric, composition, and technical communication into a relevant, community-focused undergraduate emphasis that provides students with a strong foundation in rhetorical theory and practice creating a variety of academic and workplace genres.

Current majors in rhetoric and composition or technical communication may choose to continue with their current degree plan, or transfer to the new emphasis. Please talk with your advisor about what options may be best for you.

Our program also offers the certificate in technical communication, which 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. Whitney Douglas, Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication: