Academic Departments and Programs

English

The English Department encourages the study of the historical and cultural contexts of literature and language, the aesthetic pleasures and values of texts and writing, and the variety of voices and experiences represented in the global literary tradition. Our faculty also believes that acquiring superior reading, writing, and research skills is essential to a liberal arts education, and they will provide the individual mentoring that will help you reach your potential.

Why study English at The College of Idaho?

The English minors and majors are designed for the student who has interest in the formal study of literature as a form of cultural expression and in practicing literary research methods. The study of literature involves exploring the ways in which literature shapes and influences culture, the socio-cultural and historical contexts of literature, the politics of canonicity, the cultural assumptions that readers bring to texts, and major literary traditions and literary-theoretical perspectives.

Within the department, students may pursue their individual interests in literature, creative writing, and journalism. The Literature in English major offers study in the areas of American, British, and Postcolonial literature. The Creative Writing major features coursework in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalism. It is designed for any student with a serious interest in writing, including those who wish to enter a Master of Fine Arts program. Students also can choose to study journalism, a minor which prepares students for an evolving field in which broadcast, print, and online journalism overlap more than ever. The Creative Writing focus is designed for the student who has interest in developing skills as a creative writer (in fiction, poetry, and/or creative nonfiction) and in pursuing the formal study of literature as a form of cultural expression. The study of creative writing involves producing original works of creative writing in more than one genre, exploring major literary traditions and literary-theoretical perspectives, examining the ways in which literature shapes and influences culture, recognizing the socio-cultural and historical contexts of literature, and examining one's own socio-cultural position as a writer.

In addition to the regular curriculum, The College of Idaho students can practice and develop their skills through independent studies and creative projects, internships with local businesses and agencies, work for the student-run college newspaper and literary magazine, and research with faculty. Interdisciplinary courses, off-campus study programs, and opportunities to work with professional writers enrich the study of literature and creative writing at The College of Idaho.

Career Opportunities for C of I English Students

Studying literature and writing prepares one to be a skilled, learned, and critically astute reader and thinker who can find success in many fields. The communication and analytical skills developed by English students are critical to successful careers in creative and professional writing, including teaching, social work, business, journalism, law, library and information professions, politics and development, and many other fields of work.

Majors

Creative Writing Major

30 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar, ENG-100 or foreign language courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete the following:

ENG-280

Theory and Methods of the Study of Literature

3

Note: ENG-280 should be taken before enrolling in 300-level literature seminars.

 

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG 200-level

Introduction to Literary Studies Courses

6

Note: 6 credits of 200-level Introduction to Literary Studies Courses are to be completed by no later than end of sophomore year. Ideally students majoring or minoring in Literature in English or Creative Writing majors will have taken two Introduction to Literary Study courses at the 200-level before enrolling in 300-level literature seminars.

 

Complete 6 credits of 300-level literature seminars:

ENG-306

The Seventeenth-century Lyric

3

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature

3

ENG-308

Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson

3

ENG-309

The Epic Tradition

3

ENG-315

The Supernatural in British Literature

3

ENG-316

The Brontës

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century British Fiction

3

ENG-318

Prize Books

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie

3

ENG-323

Postcolonial Studies

3

ENG-324

Narratives Against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

ENG-329

Inventing America

3

ENG-330

African American Literature

3

ENG-331

Gardens of American Literature

3

ENG-332

Adrienne Rich

3

ENG-333

Hemingway & Faulkner

3

ENG-334

Ecopoetics

3

ENG-335

The American Renaissance

3

ENG-338

Postmodern Literature

 

200-Level Writing Workshops

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG-245

Poetry Writing Workshop

3

ENG-246

Fiction Writing Workshop

3

ENG-247

Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

JOURN-200

Principles and Practices of Journalism: Print

3

Additional Writing and Seminar Requirements

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG-345

Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop

3

ENG-346

Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop

3

ENG-347

Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

OR

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ENG-345

Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop

3

ENG-346

Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop

3

ENG-347

Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

AND

Complete the following:

ENG-SEM

One 300-Level Literature Seminar

3

Capstone

ENG-496

Creative Writing Capstone

 3

Foreign Language Courses

Complete 1 first-year sequence from the following languages:

Spanish

SPA-101

Spanish Language and Culture I

4

SPA-102

Spanish Language and Culture II

4

French

FRE-101

French Language and Culture I

4

FRE-102

French Language and Culture II

4

Note: If available, students may study Latin or Greek. Equivalency tests must be agreed upon by both the Modern Foreign Language and English Departments.

Literature in English Major

30 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar, ENG-100 or foreign language courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete the following:

ENG-280

Theory and Methods of the Study of Literature

3

Note: ENG-280 should be taken before enrolling in 300-level literature seminars.

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG 200-level

Introduction to Literary Studies Courses

6

Note: 6 credits of 200-level Introduction to Literary Studies Courses are to be completed by no later than end of sophomore year. Ideally students majoring or minoring in Literature in English or Creative Writing majors will have taken two Introduction to Literary Study courses at the 200-level before enrolling in 300-level literature seminars.

Complete 18 credits in 300-level literature seminars with at least 3 credits in each of the following areas:

American Literature

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

ENG-329

Inventing America

3

ENG-330

African American Literature

3

ENG-331

Gardens of American Literature

3

ENG-332

Adrienne Rich

3

ENG-333

Hemingway & Faulkner

3

ENG-334

Ecopoetics

3

ENG-335

The American Renaissance

3

English Literature before 1789

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

ENG-306

The Seventeenth-century Lyric

3

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature

3

ENG-308

Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson

3

ENG-309

The Epic Tradition

3

English Literature after 1789

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

ENG-315

The Supernatural in British Literature

3

ENG-316

The Brontës

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century British Fiction

3

ENG-318

Prize Books

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

Postcolonial Literature

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie

3

ENG-323

Postcolonial Studies

3

ENG-324

Narratives Against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

Other 300-Level Seminar Courses

ENG-338

Postmodern Literature

3

Note: 6 additional credits in Seminars are required from any of the above listed 300-level seminars to satisfy the required 18 credits.

Literature in English Capstone

ENG-498

Literature in English Capstone

3

Foreign Language Courses

Complete 1 first-year sequence from the following languages:

Spanish

SPA-101

Spanish Language and Culture I

4

SPA-102

Spanish Language and Culture II

4

French

FRE-101

French Language and Culture I

4

FRE-102

French Language and Culture II

4

Note: If available, students may study Latin or Greek. Equivalency tests must be agreed upon by both the Modern Foreign Language and English Departments.

Notes

Students who wish to be certified to teach English at the secondary level should consult with a faculty member in the Education Department to learn the current requirements for certification.

Associated Majors

Minors

Creative Writing Minor

15 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar or ENG-100 courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 6 credits (2 courses) from the following:

ENG 200-level

Introduction to Literary Studies Courses

6

Complete 3 credits of 300-level literature seminars:

ENG-306

The Seventeenth-century Lyric

3

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature

3

ENG-309

The Epic Tradition

3

ENG-315

The Supernatural in British Literature

3

ENG-316

The Brontës

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century British Fiction

3

ENG-318

Prize Books

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie

3

ENG-323

Postcolonial Studies

3

ENG-324

Narratives Against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

ENG-329

Inventing America

3

ENG-330

African American Literature

3

ENG-331

Gardens of American Literature

3

ENG-332

Adrienne Rich

3

ENG-333

Hemingway & Faulkner

3

ENG-334

Ecopoetics

3

ENG-335

The American Renaissance

3

ENG-338

Postmodern Literature

3

ENG-341

Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson

3

200-Level Writing Workshops

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ENG-245

Poetry Writing Workshop

3

ENG-246

Fiction Writing Workshop

3

ENG-247

Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

JOURN-200

Principles and Practices of Journalism: Print

3

300-Level Writing Workshops

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ENG-345

Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop

3

ENG-346

Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop

3

ENG-347

Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

The Journalism minor presents the fundamentals of the profession. Classes introduce the student to the history of the profession, examine ethical questions that journalists confront, and explore the remarkable transformation that contemporary media are undergoing. Each student minoring in journalism is expected to work on a publishing project, contribute to campus publications, and complete an internship. Working journalists regularly visit the classes to share their experiences. All the courses are writing intensive and include both a presentation of research and reporting as well as a portfolio of papers.

Journalism Minor

16 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar or ENG-100 courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

JOURN-200

Principles & Practices of Journalism: Print

3

JOURN-201

Principles & Practices of Journalism: Visual

3

JOURN-300 or
ENG 347

Feature Writing or
Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

3

JOURN-301

Advanced Editing and Reporting

3

JOURN-401

Senior Project

3

JOURN-497

Internship

1

Literature in English Minor

15 credits (Total does not include First-Year Seminar or ENG-100 courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG 200-level

Introduction to Literary Studies Courses

6

Complete 6 credits of 300-level literature seminars:

ENG-306

The Seventeenth-century Lyric

3

ENG-307

Origins and Traditions of English Literature

3

ENG-308

Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson

3

ENG-309

The Epic Tradition

3

ENG-315

The Supernatural in British Literature

3

ENG-316

The Brontës

3

ENG-317

Nineteenth-century British Fiction

3

ENG-318

Prize Books

3

ENG-319

Nineteenth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-320

Twentieth-century Literature of the British Isles

3

ENG-322

V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie

3

ENG-324

Narratives Against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

ENG-329

Inventing America

3

ENG-330

African American Literature

3

ENG-331

Gardens of American Literature

3

ENG-332

Adrienne Rich

3

ENG-333

Hemingway & Faulkner

3

ENG-334

Ecopoetics

3

ENG-335

The American Renaissance

3

ENG-338

Postmodern Literature

3

Complete 3 credits from the following:

ENG-280

Theory and Methods of the Study of Literature

3

ENG-SEM

One additional 300-level literature seminar

3

Notes

Students who wish to be certified to teach English at the secondary level may need to take additional courses in English and should consult with a faculty member in the Education Department to learn the current requirements for certification.

Associated Minors