A Variety of Opportunities
The English Department offers a number of other programs and opportunities for further exploration and development within the field of English, including the following:
- a common (con)text program
- essay contests
- scholarship opportunities
- Sigma Tau Delta/Literary Club academic honor society
- a variety of study abroad options.
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In addition to the above, students are also given the opportunity to attend monthly department colloquia events offered by faculty, which usually take place Friday afternoons at 3pm. Previous colloquia presentations have examined such wide-ranging topics as talking books, early American female dramatists, the blues aesthetic and its relationship to African American literature, and textual differences in various editions of a Latino/Latina text. Notices about individual colloquium events are sent out to all English majors and minors by email and are published in Bulletin Today, the daily St. Thomas online publication.
Undergraduate English Major Conferences
The department encourages its English majors to present papers at undergraduate English conferences, especially those majors who are planning on pursuing graduate studies.
- The five member schools of the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (Augsburg University, Hamline University, Macalester College, St. Catherine University, and the University of St. Thomas) offer an annual conference in the spring semester for English majors. The call for papers usually comes out in late fall.
- Clarke University, Loras College, and the University of Dubuque (all in Dubuque, Iowa), offer an annual fall semester conference titled Streamlines: Undergraduate Conference Celebrating Language, Literature, and Writing. The next conference will be held at Loras College on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Check the Clarke University conference web site for call for papers information.
- The University of St. Francis (Joliet, Illinois), offers an annual spring semester Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature. The call for papers usually comes out in early fall.