Student Opportunities

  • Luther Student Jake Porter had his essay for Professor Amy Weldon's British Romanticism class, "Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, and God: The Romantic Poetics of Doubt," accepted for publication in the undergraduate literary journal Valley Humanities Review. Congrats Jake!
  • The English department is offering an event for students, "The poetry of John Donne set to old music and new," in the CFL Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on April 13th. A reception will follow the performance.
  • West Branch Times: This local newspaper out of West Branch, IA, is offering a 30 hour per week paid internship for students interested in journalism. See the informational flyer offered on this page.
  • Future Leaders in Action: This non-profit is offering the paid position over the summer for a college student or recent college graduate to work with a program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa that seeks to develop leadership, compassion, and service.
  • Around Iowa: Alternative media website Around Iowa is searching for college-aged writers to contribute articles, anything from independent journalism, to editorials, to restaurant or bar reviews, to their website. Anything they choose to publish will be paid for, and it is a great way to add to a portfolio and gain some experience
  • "At Work in the World": On Saturday, February 20, Twenty-two Luther students joined five alumni to discuss the work they are doing with their English degree. These five alumni have in various ways put their major to good use in writing, editing, marketing, teaching, librarianship, and arts administration. The event featured discussion with the alumni followed by a dinner with a keynote address.
    •  "The At Work in the World event was a great opportunity for me to learn first-hand how Luther College English majors have found and fostered careers in 'the real world.' As I was talking to the various alumni, I noticed how many different paths are available for an English major in the professional world. Seeing these recent grads navigating the post-grad phase with so much ease gives me confidence in my future endeavors after graduating from Luther with a degree in English." Jenna Nelson ‘16

      "Personally, it was really relieving to see that Luther English graduates were actually pursuing so many different careers. It gives me a lot of hope for my own future, especially because a few of them were following a similar path. The event really showed that teaching and law school were not, as so many people think, the only options for English majors." Ana Hafner ‘17

  • Fulbright UK Summer Institute Programmes:  These programs offer the opportunity for qualifying Freshmen and Sophomores to conduct research at and be immersed in a British university for three to six weeks in the summer.

On-Going Opportunities 

In addition to a large number of all-college events in which English majors participate, there are many activities growing specifically out of the English major.

  • The student newspaper, Chips, is typically advised by an English faculty member and includes a large number of English majors and minors.
  • The Oneota Review is an annual literary review published by students and advised by an English faculty member.
  • The Luther College chapter of the international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, hosts a wide range of academic and social events.
  • Hosting of visiting writers. View images of visiting writers and read about our Creative Writing courses.
  • Performances such as: local ArtHaus poetry slams, student open-mic nights, a recently completed Paradise Lost, and annual Shakespeare production by the students of the course "Shakespeare Performed."
  • Faculty and student organized out-of-town trips to readings, theatre performances, and lectures.
  • Social events such as fall or spring picnics, the annual Literary-themed Halloween party, a Baccalaureate party for graduates and their families, frequent dinners, and class meetings in faculty homes.
  • The Associated Colleges of the Midwest sponsors an annual short story contest for students at participating colleges, including Luther. View the ACM "Nick Adams" Short Story Contest Guidelines.