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Student Opportunities

Majoring in English provides you with the chance to analyze great literature, but there are also many opportunities for students beyond the major.

English class in the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey on the Kiplin Hall Program. English class in the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey on the Kiplin Hall Program.

Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English Honor Society for students who excel in the study of English language and literature.

This honor society offers students opportunities to enrich their education and careers. The Alpha Mu Nu chapter at Washington College is headed by Professor Courtney Rydel

Studies Abroad

English majors and minors fluent in a language taught at Washington College, such as French, German, Spanish, Italian, or Japanese, may be applicable for certain non-English-language exchange programs that may offer courses on English-language literature.

For students not fluent in another language, the Washington College exchange programs listed below have been known to offer English-language courses suited to English majors and minors (course availability may vary from semester to semester). Please check with Washington College’s Office of International Programs for availability.

Some of the most popular destinations for English Majors are Royal Holloway, University of London; University College Cork, Ireland; University of St Andrews, Scotland; and, Bond University, Australia.

Sophie Kerr’s Legacy

In addition to the largest undergraduate literary prize, Sophie Kerr Scholarships are available to incoming students. These scholarships are awarded annually to entering students who intend to major in English and who show outstanding promise in the field of English or American literature. Scholarship finalists are selected by members of the English Department.


Receive up to four academic credits for an academic internship. If you are interested in doing an internship for credit, contact Dr. Elizabeth O’Connor, the department’s internship coordinator, to discuss your plans and options.

Poetry Prize

In the collaboration with the Rose O’Neill Literary House, The Jude and Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize was created through the nationally known Academy of American Poets and carries a $100 cash award. 

The winner of THE JUDE AND MIRIAM PFISTER POETRY PRIZE is announced at the annual Senior Reading in the spring semester.  

Guidelines are listed in this link.