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English Literature

The English Literature department at Boise State University prepares students for a variety of futures by developing skills of critical inquiry, analytical reasoning, and oral and written communication, which are transferable to any profession. Faculty offer expertise in British and American literature, interdisciplinary humanities, and a range of genres including fiction, poetry, drama, and film. Faculty are committed to innovative, student-centered teaching and learning in a variety of formats including online, hybrid, and face-to-face instruction; internships and experiential learning; and student-faculty collaborative research.

The Value of a Literature Degree

Through the literature program, you will learn to

  • think critically and communicate effectively
  • organize meaningfully
  • respond with empathy
  • handle ambiguity
  • understand works of the imagination
  • delight in other perspectives and read with awareness of historical and cultural context
  • recognize multiple ways of reading
  • appreciate the beauty and power of language

In Literature courses at Boise State University, you will encounter dynamic faculty with a wide range of expertise. Boise State’s literature faculty care deeply about student learning and work closely with students in and out of the classroom. Along with a broad selection of course offerings, faculty-led projects provide students with a number of opportunities in applied literary studies such as Books in Every Home, Shake It Up After School, and Melville’s Marginalia Online. Together with other students, you will explore exciting ideas and approaches to inspiring works of imaginative writing.

For more information, contact Dr. Ann Campbell, Chair of the Department of English Literature, at