Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike are just two of the many speakers the English Department has helped bring to the campus. If you want to talk to the best minds in literature, the English Department is a great starting place. Check out who else we've brought to campus..
Want to see England the way Jane Austin saw it? You can -- if you are awarded one of the dozen or so fellowships that Mr. Charles F.Green III provides. details are here.
Your first step to getting a Wentworth is to figure out what author or literary figure you'd like to follow. And then fill out the form on this page.
Apply Deadline: Oct. 20
Want to see where others have gone before? The complete list is here.
English in Action Showcase
Want to get a sampling of what other students have accomplished in their classes? Take a look.
Members of Sigma Tau Delta celebrate winning the national Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2013/2014 academic year with a special cake donated by a local Harris Teeter.
Awards and Honors
Scholarships and Awards
The Department of English sponsors a number of scholarships, including:
The Michael D. Wentworth Student Travel Fellowship
The fellowship fund, the gift of Mr. Charles F. Green III, provides around $23,000 annually to allow a select number of students to travel to sites, in America or abroad, associated with their favorite writers and works of literature.
Informational Meeting: Sept. 10, 5-6 p.m. in Morton 202
Upcoming Wentworth Fellowship Application Deadline: Oct. 20
Wentworth Fellowship Presentation: Oct. 8, 2-4 p.m. in Randall Library, first floor.
Application (opens as Word .docx document)
Direct all questions about the Wentworth Fellowship to committee chair:
Find out more about about Wentworth Fellowships.
Applicants will be considered for all scholarships (listed below) for which they are eligible.
The Louise Jackson Green Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an English major based on merit as a first priority, with exemplary moral character and leadership potential serving as secondary considerations. The student must be a formally declared English major with a concentration in literary studies and must be a rising junior or senior.
List of Louise Jackson Green Scholarship recipients.
The Anne Green Saus Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to an English major with a concentration in literary studies or professional writing. The scholarship will be awarded with merit as the first consideration and need (confirmed through the financial aid office) as a secondary consideration. The scholarship will be valued at the in-state tuition and fee rate in effect at the time of award plus a $200 book allowance.
The Gerald S. Rosselot Scholarship
The recipient of this merit scholarship will be selected on demonstrated academic ability and special achievement. Financial need will be a secondary consideration. The recipient will be a senior majoring in a degree program offered by the Department of English.
The University Bookstore Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to two English majors at $125 each, to be used for textbooks and supplies at the University Bookstore.
Jo Ann Seiple Composition Essay Contest
At the end of each semester, instructors in sections of ENG 101, 103, and 201 submit copies of exceptional student essays to the Director of Composition. Essays from the previous calendar year are read and judged each spring semester by a faculty committee. Essays from the previous calendar year are read and judged each spring semester by a faculty committee. Essays from ENG 101 sections are judged as a group, and essays from ENG 103 and 201 are judged together in a second group.
Awards of $50, $30, and $20 are made to the writers of the top three essays in each of the two groups. The award winners and their instructors attend a luncheon to celebrate the essayists and their accomplishments.
The Outstanding Graduating English Major Award
Awarded at spring graduation each year, English faculty choose a graduating major who, in their judgment, has worked hardest for the betterment of the department, its majors, and him or herself.
The Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Awarded at spring graduation each year, English graduate faculty choose a graduate student who, in their judgment, has worked hardest for the betterment of the department, its graduate students, and him or herself .