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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.


Friday, Sept. 25th 3:30-4:30 pm. "Savage and Medieval in C.S. Lewis's Discarded Image". Colloquium presentation by Tom Klein. This event will be held via Zoom. Please contact for the event link.

Thursday, Oct. 1st 5:30-6:30 pm. BR&S (Black Rock & Sage) Live Watch Party. Via YouTube. Please contact for the event link.

Friday, Oct. 23rd 3:30-4:30 pm. "Holistic or linguistic: Contrasting cultural psychology and cognitive linguistic explanations for visual search strategies". Colloquium presentation by Brent Wolter. This event will be held via Zoom. Please contact for the event link.

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Colton Moon, B.A. in English (2019), recently had his nonfiction essay, "The Latter-Day Sinner" awarded runner-up for a national prize competition, the 2019 Norton Writers Prize - Nonfiction. Bestowed by the publisher W.W. Norton, the Norton Writers Prize recognizes outstanding original nonfiction by undergraduates.

Evan Rodriguez, Asst. Professor of Philosophy, recently published "Structure and Aim in Socratic and Sophistic Method" in History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis 23 (2020).

Noran Amin, Ph.D. in English and the Teaching of English (2020), recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at University of Cairo. Congratulations, Noran!

Alan Johnson, Professor of English, recently published “Globalization, National Epic, and Dialectical Reading,” in Postcoloniality in Transition: Essays on Cosmopolitanism, Transnationalism, and Globalization, ed. N. Rama Devi Murru (Chennai, 2020), 66-87. 

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