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Through the Department of English, students explore their creativity, hone their writing skills, and implement research techniques.
June Cook Scholarship | Creative Writing
Students who have developed original and compelling creative works may be selected by creative writing faculty for the June Cook Scholarship.
English students learn to use digital research tools and develop their own critical thinking skills. Most of our senior-level seminars are research-oriented, putting the literature in a critical context, historical context, or both.
Advanced majors may participate in a research semester, working intensely in a small group with a faculty member on a directed project. Students may also opt to write a senior thesis, a year-long project that earns 6 hours of credit and focuses on a single topic.
All of these opportunities culminate in a long critical-analytic paper that allows students to move from idea, to research, to argument.
The Mellon Initiative promotes undergraduate research in the arts and humanities at Trinity University. The program integrates high-impact research experiences into the curriculum, especially in lower-division courses, and creates and supports a diverse and inclusive community of undergraduate researchers in the arts and humanities. Summer research opportunities are also available.
Office of Experiential Learning
Undergraduate research is central to Trinity University's values. The Office of Experiential Learning provides a place for students to gain information about internships, community service and service-learning opportunities, beyond the classroom course projects, and undergraduate research opportunities.
Today, cross-cultural understanding is as much a practical necessity as an educational standard. Study abroad is an embodiment of the liberal arts ideals and a sign of the initiative and breadth often looked for by employers.
Students may study English language and literature through a different cultural lens in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.
Students may hold hands-on internships with local writing and publication organizations and firms, as well as government agencies, nonprofits, social justice organizations, art galleries, and marketing firms.
Additionally, many courses integrate service-learning components to bring literature and language into the community.
Finally, in Trinity’s Writing Center, students can gain work experience as peer tutors and writing consultants.
The Trinity Review is a creative publication by Trinity University and the English department, produced annually in April. It is run by students and relies on creative submissions, including photographs, sculpture, poetry, and short fiction, from the Trinity community.
The Expositor is Trinity University’s journal of undergraduate humanities research run by the Mellon Initiative in the Humanities and the English department. It gives students a unique opportunity to see their writing through the process of academic editing and publication, in print and online.
1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction is a professional literary journal that publishes exceptional non-fiction all over the world. Jointly staffed by students and faculty, the journal, in its first year, merited three notable essays in The Best American Essays 2014.
High Noon is a student-managed literary magazine dedicated to moments of revelation, transition, and epiphany.
Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society
The society strives to:
- Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies
- Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities
- Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing
- Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members
- Exhibit high standards of academic excellence
- Serve society by fostering literacy
With over 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually.
Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.
At Trinity, Sigma Tau Delta invites all students who have at least six hours of English beyond English 1302 and a GPA of 3.50 overall and a 3.50 in their English courses to become active members of Sigma Tau Delta.
Lecture Series and Events
Stieren Arts Enrichment Series
The Stieren Arts Enrichment Series brings to campus a distinguished array of outstanding leaders in the fields of art, music, drama, communication, literature, art history, and aesthetics.
Past guests have included Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, Lynda Barry, Susan Orlean, Jennifer Egan, and Chang-Rae Lee.
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Student Awards and Recognition
Coleen Grissom Award for Excellence in English
Named for one of Trinity’s most legendary English professors, the Coleen Grissom Award for Excellence in English honors students who show exceptional skill in the study of English-language literature.