Students majoring in English complete the core curriculum, including a foreign language, required by the University of Idaho for all students. Our majors also pursue a focused course of study by choosing from one of four emphases:
In the Creative Writing Emphasis, you will work with our internationally famous faculty to analyze and practice the craft of writing in three different genres: fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Along with a range of literature courses that will help you develop analytical skills and a deep understanding of literary history, you will take a complete sequence of writing courses in your first choice of genre and a partial sequence in the other two genres.
Students in the Literature Emphasis develop critical thinking, analytical and writing skills through deep study of literature, history and theory. Students can take a range of courses — including surveys of American, British, Caribbean, African and Native American literatures — as well as seminars on diverse subjects like Shakespeare, critical theory, environmental writing, women’s poetry, and literature of the American West.
The Professional Writing Emphasis will help you develop the analytical skills and broad cultural perspective that make up the cornerstone of the English major. In this emphasis, however, you will also gain extensive practice in writing for a variety of audiences, purposes and genres including both written and oral workplace communication.
The Teaching Emphasis will give you a solid grounding in literature, linguistics and writing. You’ll also take a sequence of courses in education that culminate in a semester-long student teaching internship. With the Teaching Emphasis, you’ll be ready to teach at the high school level, but you’ll also be well prepared for a variety of other careers.