We offer several opportunities to have your research and creative work published. Many of our students graduate as authors. From literary journals to newspapers and blogs, we encourage you to take the opportunity to share your work with fellow academics, artists, and the public.
English Research Opportunities
You can register for our independent study or undergraduate research courses, which provide opportunities to complete a research project with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Ask your academic advisor for more information.
Our faculty enjoy sharing their research with students. If you're curious about a professor's area of research, ask about pursuing a collaborative project. Or, invite a professor to mentor you while pursing your own ideas.
In the University Honors Program you will complete a thesis to fulfill requirements for the “in Honors” or “Honors Baccalaureate” degrees. It is an excellent opportunity to develop and demonstrate your knowledge and to prepare for graduate study or careers requiring advanced research skills.
Presenting Your Research
Each spring the English Department provides an opportunity for our students to experience the excitement of presenting their work in a public forum: the Annual Undergraduate Symposium. The symposium is a one-day event that showcases the wide variety of writing, research, and other content created (inside and outside the classroom) by our Literature & Language, Creative Writing, and Professional & Technical Writing majors and minors. Whether you consider yourself a poet or fictionist, a professional and technical writer, a literary scholar, a linguist, or a rhetorician, you will discover a place for your work at the undergraduate symposium.
Symposium participation helps you hone your writing, research, and presentation skills. It also helps you build your resume for graduate or professional school and get the mentoring you need as you make the transition from student to professional. In addition, participating in a small, supportive conference-style event like this one can build your confidence, motivating you to participate in university-wide, regional, or national research conferences. Your participation may also make you more competitive for undergraduate research and writing awards, such as those offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences under the sponsorship of the Undergraduate Research Institute.