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Program Activities

Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society. Both undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate strong academic performance are eligible for membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society, which sponsors a visiting scholar lecture each fall.

Lectures, presentations, and theater outings are opportunities to hear from and mingle with faculty and peers.
  • Faculty share their research and creative work with students at Works-in-Progress presentations every semester.
  • Visiting poets bring their latest work to campus each semester, and students compete to represent Marymount at the Mount Vernon Poetry Festival.
  • The department regularly sponsors discount student theater outings to performances at many local venues including Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, and the Shakespeare Theater Company.
  • The annual Student Research Conference provides an opportunity for majors to share their outstanding research with a University wide audience.
  • The Graduate Program in English and Humanities brings area scholars and community leaders visit campus as part of the Humanities Colloquium.
  • The Graduate Program also hosts the annual Bisson Lecture in the Humanities.

Student publications provide opportunities for writers to share their best work with a larger audience.

Online communities provide opportunities for students and faculty to engage with each other and the community. Students and faculty discuss and share their writing and research through online Facebook communities for creative writing, the MU Film Fest, the Shakespeare Initiative, and the graduate program in English and Humanities.

The department blog, A Literary Newletter, and a calendar of activities help students, faculty, and alumni share news about on-campus and Washington-area literary events.