Contact & Location


Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

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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:

  • B.A. English, Creative Writing Emphasis. 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. Requirements.
  • B.A. English, Literature Emphasis. 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. Requirements.
  • B.A. English, Professional Writing Emphasis. The Professional Writing Emphasis will help you develop the analytical skills and broad cultural perspective that is the cornerstone of the English major. But you will also gain extensive practice in writing for a variety of audiences and purposes, in a wide range of genres: from academic essays to podcasts to memoirs to grant writing. Requirements.
  • B.A. English, Teaching. 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. Requirements.

For more information about Undergraduate Studies, contact:

          Jennifer Ladino, Director of Undergraduate Studies
          Department of English
          University of Idaho
          875 Perimeter Dr. MS 1102
          Moscow, ID 83844-1102
          Phone:  208-885-6156