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English Department

Welcome to the Department of English! With more than 50 full-time faculty representing five fields, we are the largest academic department on campus, yet we still have some of the smallest class sizes for undergraduate courses. This unique position allows us to develop inclusive experiences with language and literacy, as we invite all students to be careful, compassionate, and creative thinkers and problem-solvers. We encourage students to actively cultivate their knowledge through student organizations, internships, study-abroad, and service-learning projects.



English Department Hours and Contact Information

Spring 2021 office hours can be found on our Contact Us page. Faculty and Staff will be available by remote access.

COVID Response


Boise State University is hosting commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at Albertsons Stadium to celebrate the class of 2021, as well as members of the class of 2020 whose commencement celebrations were impacted by COVID-19.

  • Friday, May 7 at 4 p.m. for the class of 2020 graduates.
  • Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. for graduates from the College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences and College of Innovation and Design.
  • Saturday, May 8 at 4 p.m. for graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and School of Public Service.

With input from public health experts, ceremonies will include a number of COVID-19 precautions, including physical distancing and facial coverings. The university is working through plans to mitigate risk and keep everyone safe with alternate virtual arrangements in case in-person ceremonies are not feasible due to COVID-19.

The ceremonies will be streamed live and archived here for off-campus guests who cannot be in attendance.

Student Spotlight

Annika Severts sitting outdoors

Meet Annika Severts, a Master of Technical Communication graduate student. Annika’s many contributions to Boise State University include building the special collection and archive section at the Albertson’s Library on campus and developing Open Education Recourse for the First Year Writing Program. Annika’s current project mergers their love of history, dedication to human equity, and technical communication research, as they work in collaboration with a fellow student, Miranda Kuehmichel. This work-in-progress involves investigating and documenting the human experience of Minidoka, the site in Idaho where thousands of Japanese-Americans were incarcerated during WWII.

Faculty Spotlight

Headshot of Dr. Steve Olsen-Smith

Professor Steven Olsen-Smith and English alumni Cheyene Austin and Denise Holbrook have published “Almost Unknown to the General Reader: Biographical and Conceptual Contexts of Melville’s Marginalia in Thomas Warton’s The History of English Poetry” in the forthcoming collection Marginal Notes: Social Reading and the Literal Margins, edited by Patrick Spedding and Paul Tankard (Palgrave, 2021). Their chapter can be previewed among the collection’s contents at Palgrave Macmillan.

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