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B.A. English

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College of Business and Economics
University of Idaho
ALB 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3161
Phone: (208) 885-6453
Fax: (208) 885-6296
Amber Gray

Shaping the Written Word

Undergo intensive writing training and examine a variety of literary genres to understand how English language and literature shape and reflect cultures around the world as an English major. Strengthen your critical thinking and writing skills to prepare for your career in education, publishing, communications, politics and more.

Fast Facts

  • Four distinct emphases, with diverse course offerings in professional writing, environmental literature, creative writing, film, global literatures, and many other areas
  • Outstanding mentorship by award-winning faculty in small classroom settings
  • Unique capstone courses
  • Scholarships, awards, and service learning opportunities
  • Active national honor society chapter with award-winning outreach project
  • Attorneys
  • Professors & Teachers
  • Doctors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Ministers
  • Poets & Novelists
  • Travel writers
  • Journalists
  • Financial advisors
  • Webmasters
  • Bookstore managers
Salary $25,000-$40,000 depending on experience and other training
Degree Roadmap

The English department offers four different major emphases: Literature, Creative Writing, Professional, and Teaching. A Bachelor of Arts in English requires competence in one foreign language equivalent to that gained by the completion of four semesters of college-level courses. To view details got to English Undergraduate.

Degree Prep

It is helpful for English degree seekers to have foreign language experience and to love reading and writing.


All students are automatically considered for David scholarships ($1000-$2000). Students interested in teaching can apply for Nixon scholarships ($2500).

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines, scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.

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Hands-On Learning
  • Capstone course for the professional emphasis includes community service
  • Semester in the Wild Program offers students the chance to study at UI’s Taylor Wilderness Research
  • Station for a full semester (two English courses taught as part of an interdisciplinary curriculum)
  • Tutoring at the Writing Center allows students to improve their own skills while gaining tutoring and editing experience
Internships Internships are available to students at the Fugue literary magazine; service learning opportunities in the community, such as writing for local businesses; and writing opportunities for on-campus publications.
  • Sigma Tau Delta (national English honor society) chapter (active for 25+ years)
  • First Book service project