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The English department offers several opportunities for students interested in exploring their creativity, honing their writing skills, and implementing research techniques. In addition, students who excel in literary arts can become members of a national honor society.
The Trinity Review is a creative publication by Trinity University and the English department, produced once a year in April. It is run by students and relies on creative submissions from the Trinity community in the fall to generate the issue in the spring. Submissions come from all disciplines and include, but are not limited to, photographs, sculpture, poetry, and short fiction. More information about submissions and participation can be obtained in the English department located on the third floor of Northrup Hall. View a copy of the publication.
The Expositor is Trinity University’s journal of undergraduate humanities research. Published yearly, the Expositor is run by the Mellon Initiative in the Humanities and the English department, and it gives students a unique opportunity to see their writing through the process of academic editing and publication, in print and online. Visit the journal’s website here.
1966: A Journal of Creative Non-Fiction 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. Learn more about 1966 here.
Students who major in English have a variety of opportunities to develop their research skills. Starting with the basic introductory course, Literary Methods, majors learn to use the research tools available in the library while developing their own critical skills. As advanced majors, they may participate in a research semester, working intensely in a small group with one professor on a particular topic that requires rigorous primary and secondary investigation. 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. This project usually requires intense primary and secondary research. Finally, most of our senior-level seminars are research-oriented, putting the literature in a critical context, historical context, or both. All of these opportunities culminate in a long critical-analytic paper that allows students to move from idea, to research, to argument.
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.
The society strives to:
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.