The Bachelor of Arts in English program at the University of Idaho challenges you to think and write critically, as well as educates you as to how words can reflect and shape the world. Through in-depth study of works from literary masters, engaging classroom discussions and intensive writing training, you’ll graduate equipped to think analytically, read with insight and communicate skillfully – all highly desired qualities for a variety of professional careers.
The program gives you the flexibility to focus on an area of English that interests you most and best prepares you for your career goals. You’ll specialize in one of the following options of study:
- Literature: Study the stories and traditions that define cultures.
- Creative writing: Develop your writing talent in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.
- Professional: Learn the skills to communicate successfully in the workplace.
- Teaching: Prepare to become a junior high or high school English teacher.
As an English major, you’ll encounter new ideas and learn to think beyond the expected. You’ll form a solid grounding in the dynamics of the English language and in literary traditions that shape and reflect our evolving culture. You will explore a breadth of literary genres and closely examine works from some of history’s greatest writers, including William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Sherman Alexie and Margaret Atwood.
Personal mentorship from our experienced, well-published faculty and thought-provoking course work will challenge you to read, think, write and express your thoughts at a higher, more meaningful level.
At Idaho, you can build on your interests in English and discover other exciting areas of study, such as:
- American Indian literature
- Rhetorical and literary theory
- Teaching English as a second language
- New media