Elmhurst offers a variety of special features to help you build your skills, gain valuable experience, and make connections.
The Leader, Elmhurst College’s award-winning student newspaper, has won national awards and routinely wins awards at the Illinois College Press Association's (ICPA) annual convention, including the 2016 First Place for General Excellence among schools with enrollment under 4,000. And it’s entirely run by students with the guidance of an expert full-time faculty advisor: Students write and edit all stories, shoot and choose photography, and take responsibility for all editorial decisions. It’s a great way to gain real-world experience as a writer and journalist—and to help shape your classmates’ college experience.
Winning entries in our annual Carlson creative writing contest for fiction and poetry writing and the Lively Award for Creative Nonfiction are published in MiddleWestern Voice, the College’s full-color arts and literary journal. Students serve as editors and take full responsibility for the publication with an expert full-time faculty advisor. Many students see their academic work in print, too, in Investigations, the College’s journal of student scholarship.
Through ENG 468 Internship or ENG 365 Media Practicum, students may take on internships, through the CPE, with The Leader, or with other organizations related to professional communication, both on campus and off.
Hands On Experience
English majors can be trained as peer tutors to assist fellow Elmhurst students through the College’s acclaimed Writing Center. What’s more, student-teaching experiences will immerse you in classrooms as early as sophomore year. Students in the writing track will complete a field experience in writing as part of the capstone course, ENG 455. Internships are also available by taking ENG 468 Internship or by taking ENG 365 Media Practicum for editing or writing for any college student publication.
The Department sponsors a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honorary society, and also organizes an annual creative writing “Gathering” where students can read their own work and hear that of others.
All writing courses are scheduled in the English department's computerized classrooms to enhance writing instruction with current software technologies. The Writing Center, located in the Frick Center, provides additional writing support for all students. Stipends are offered for travel study or independent research from funds provided by the Swords family.
Up to five students each term travel to Oxford to study through the Middlebury College-CMRS Oxford Humanities Program. Occasional January Term courses take students to Oxford and other places, including Greece and London. Closer to home, students sometimes present their own work or accompany faculty members to conferences such as the Midwest Modern Language Association and the Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature.