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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 (Spring 2020 offerings) or visit our program page.


Thursday, Feb. 6th, 5:30-6:30 pm in the Bengal Cafe in the PSUB. Steve Tuttle, visiting writer, Reading.

Friday, Feb. 21st, 3:30-4:30 pm in LA 256. Jessica Winston Sabbatical Research Presentation.

Friday, March 13th- Saturday, March 14th- English Graduate Studies Assocation (EGSA) Conference

Wednesday, March 18th, 5:00-7:00 pm in the Wood River Room of the PSUB. Todd May, Guest Lecture. Todd May is the philosophical advisor for the TV show, "The Good Place."

Friday, April 3rd, 3:30-4:30 pm in LA 256. Tom Klein Work-In-Progress, "Reimagining the Middle Ages". Manuscript will be available a week before the event to read in preparation.

Friday, April 17th, 4:00-7:00 pm TBD. BR&S (Black, Rock and Sage) Write-A-Thon.

Thursday, May 7th, 5:30-6:30 pm in the Wood River Room of the PSUB. BR&S Launch Party.

Friday, May 8th, 1-3 pm TBD. Department Graduation Celebration for our undergraduate and graduate graduating students and their families. 






Jacob Claflin, Ph.D. Alum, recently published “Retelling Macbeth for the Digital Age: The Multimodal Poetics of Sleep No More” in Shakespeare On Stage and Off, edited by Kenneth Graham and Alysia Kolentsis (McGill University Press), pp. 241-251. The article grew out of Dr. Claflin's dissertation on multimodal Shakespeare. He is currently a full-time instructor in English and Communications at the College of Eastern Idaho. 


Evan Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, gave a talk at TEDxISU last semester, "An Ancient Guide for New Technology." It is now available online and is useful viewing because it has an underlying message about the value of the humanities and "old" ideas.

Alan Johnson, Professor of English, recently published a mystery novel, Family Plot, set in southern India and published by the Indian press, Vishwakarma Publications. 

Junnell Norris, Human Resources Specialist, U.S. Department of Interior, presented an afternoon workshop especially for majors and minors in English and Philosophy on "Applying for Federal Jobs." As of Monday of this week, there were ninety-five federal jobs available in Pocatello alone.



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