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 believe 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?
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 World 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 Interactive Journalism, a minor which prepares students for an evolving field in which broadcast, print, and online journalism overlap more than ever.
In addition to the regular curriculum, 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 English majors/minors
Studying literature and writing prepares skilled, learned, and critically astute readers 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, teaching, business, journalism, law, library and information professions, ministry, and numerous other fields of work.