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Idaho State University

English and Philosophy

Student writing on the quad in the fall

Our department offers small classes and award-winning faculty.  English students focus on literature, professional writing, or creative writing, while Philosophy majors take traditional or pre-law tracks.  Our M.A., TESOL certificate, and Ph.D. in  English and the Teaching of English prepare graduate students for careers in higher education.

Interested in learning about our Fall 2020 courses?

Check out our Fall 2020 English Course Booklet or check out introductions to selected fall courses on our YouTube Channel.


Every Tuesday except July 21 through August 4th. Coffee on the Quad. Please arrive between 10:15 and 10:45 am and BYOB due to COVID.  Interested faculty, students, alums, community members, etc. are welcome.

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Evan Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, recently published "'Pushing Through' in Plato's Sophist: A New Reading of the Parity Assumption" has just come out in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie (Volume 102, Issue 2). Learn more about Professor Rodriguez's teaching and research.

Dr. Brent Wolter, Professor of English and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters, recently delivered a keynote speech entitled "Using collocations productively: Understanding the role of first language transfer and lexical semantics" via Zoom at the 2020 International Second Language Acquisition Research i-Seminar hosted by the China Association of Second Language Acquisition. The lecture was watched live by more than 6000 people.

Najmeh Dehghanitafti, Ph.D. student, recently received a $1000 Graduate Student Scholarship from the ISU College of Arts and Letters.

Catherine Becker, Ph.D. in English and the Teaching of English, recently defended her dissertation, "Seriality, Context, and Format: Early American Literature and the Periodical," under the direction of Dr. David Lawrimore. 

Hogan Schaak, Ph.D. student, recently published "Using Religious Poetry of the Seventeenth Century to Start Environmental Conversations in Protestant College Classrooms in the Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry. The publication developed from a paper that Hogan wrote for Dr. Whitaker's graduate seminar, ENGL 6625, Ecocritical Approaches to the Renaissance.

Rachel Balko, Ph.D. student, has been accepted into the 2020 cohort of the Graduate School Summer Fellowship Program. The program is designed to provide a meaningful opportunity for you to have direct, faculty-guided experience with grant writing. Rachel will be working on her project on "Virginia Woolf and Photography."



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