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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.

See what courses are offered in our Course Booklet (Fall 2020 offerings) or visit our program page.

Interested in learning more about the program?

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all department events have been cancelled at this time. The university and the department are still open, though, if you have questions or need assistance with anything. Please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us. 





Colton Moon, B.A. in English - Professional Writing (December 2019), was named runner up for the 2019 Norton Writers Prize for his nonfiction essay "Latter-Day Sinner." Awarded by prestigious publisher W.W. Norton, the Norton Writers Prize is a national recognition for outstanding original nonfiction by undergraduates. The contest is open to students age 17 and above who are enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university during the 2019-2020 academic year. Recent winners and runners up have come from Yale University, Auburn University, Washington College, Northwestern University, and University of South Dakota. A full press release to will be coming shortly.

Kristen Wheaton, M.A. Student, has accepted an offer with full funding into a PhD Program in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Oklahoma.

Margaret Johnson, Professor of English, recently presented "Using Scaffolding and Giving Feedback to Support Student Research and Writing" at the 4th Annual Teaching for Learning Conference, sponsored by the Intermountain Consortium for Faculty Development, in Provo, Utah. She also attended the Annual Meeting of the National Humanities Alliance and participated in Humanities Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., where she also met with Idaho legislators to discuss the value of funding the NEH and other humanities organizations. 

Evan Rodriguez, Asst. Professor of Philosophy, recently returned from presenting his paper "Rivals 'Of This Blood and Lineage'? Antilogikē among Philosophers and Sophists" at the 2020 Workshop on Plato and the Sophists at University College London.

Brent Wolter, Professor of English, has been appointed as a member of the Editorial Board of Studies in Second Language Acquisition.



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