The MA in English program at Boise State University is large enough to provide variety, yet small enough for flexibility in planning a course of study and for a collegial atmosphere. The department’s graduate faculty teach on all levels in addition to pursuing interests in scholarship, writing, editing, publishing, and related activities.
The Master of Arts in English program has two emphases:
- The Master of Arts in English, Literature has a 15-hour core of required literature courses, but also includes 15-21 hours of electives that may be drawn from other areas of the English program. It serves students interested in future doctoral work in Literature or any career where reading, writing, and analytical skills are needed;
- The Master of Arts in English, Rhetoric and Composition provides students with a strong foundation in both rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy. It prepares students for doctoral work in rhetoric and composition, as well as careers where reading, writing, and analytical skills are needed, including teaching writing at the community college level.
Students should consult with the director of the MA in English to help determine which emphasis meets their career goals.
The Department of English provides excellent computer labs, including three administered by the department itself, for word processing, desktop publishing, and network access to online resources and information about library holdings in the United States and abroad.
The Hemingway Center, administered by the Department of English, is another campus resource. It is the home of the Idaho Center for the Book, affiliated with the Library of Congress. The Center also oversees the Idaho Writers’ Archive.
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