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The University of Idaho’s Department of English offers courses that cover a broad variety of writers, genres, and texts, ranging from practical considerations of craft to theoretical inquiries about interpretation.
For undergraduates, we offer a Bachelor of Arts with four different emphases to choose from: Literature, Creative Writing, Professional, and Teaching. Because three of our B.A. emphases require only 39 credits, many students find it useful to complete degrees in both English and another field of study. In addition, students majoring in other fields have the option to add an English minor to their course of studies.
At the outset, English majors concentrate on the core curriculum required of all UI students and usually begin or continue the study of a foreign language (required of students seeking a B.A. degree). Within the first year and a half of study, English majors also typically take the following courses:
English 215: Introduction to English Studies
- The gateway course for all English majors, focusing on goals of and opportunities opened by the various branches of English studies, the practice of close reading, critical terminology and issues central to English studies, and basic research and writing practices necessary for literary study.
English 257 or 258: The Literature of Western Civilization
- English 257 begins with ancient works such as Gilgamesh and the Homeric epics and portions of the Hebrew Bible, moves into the Medieval era, and concludes with Renaissance texts.
- English 258 opens with Enlightenment and Romantic literature, moves into Realism and Modernism and concludes with some contemporary texts reflecting continuity and change in our literary heritage.
In the sophomore year, the curricula diverge to accommodate the variety of goals that students studying English have. Students choose among four emphases: Literature, Creative Writing, Professional, and Teaching. The first three of these emphases require only 39 credits, leaving students with plenty of room for a second major or a minor. The Teaching emphasis requires 48 credits and also requires courses in Education; students graduate certified to teach high-school English.
For detailed information about these emphases, plus charts indicating how students can complete each emphasis in four years, please go to Undergraduate Emphases.
For more information about Undergraduate Studies, contact:
Dr. Jennifer Ladino
Department of English
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 441102
Moscow, ID 83844-1102