Luther College English students and faculty do excellent work that is acknowledged on and off campus.
The department has an active chapter of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. With department financial support, student members attend the annual national convention where they have regularly won scholarships and awards. Read more about students' Sigma Tau Delta scholarship.
Luther College is one of the select national colleges with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Each year, a sizable number of English majors are elected to membership.
Nearly every year, there are English majors among the small number of students selected by the college to present their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR): including two students in spring 2010.
English majors are prominent winners of national fellowships. Of the college's seven Fullbright scholarships offered to students in 2009 and 2010, four were English majors.
Students have attended a range of conferences, including, for example, the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Now conference in November 2010.
Students and faculty regularly engage in collaborative research projects on a wide range of topics. In 2010, senior Laura Mohs co-presented a paper with a faculty member at the Blackfriars Shakespeare Conference.
One or two English majors are regularly featured as outstanding seniors in the Luther College Alumni Magazine.
English faculty are actively engaged as scholars, publishing books and articles, presenting at national and international conferences, and serving on journal editorial boards. The latest book publications are David Faldet's Oneota Flow (University of Iowa Press, 2009), Martin Klammer's In the Dark With My Dress on Fire (Jacana, 2010), and Carol Gilbertson's chapbook of poems, From a Distance, Dancing (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Kate Narveson's book about seventeenth-century devotional writing is forthcoming (Ashgate Publishing, 2012).
English majors complete their senior projects by making oral presentations of their work to audiences of faculty and students.