Student opportunities

In addition to university-wide opportunities for experiential learning, such as joining a design team or conducting an Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) project, specific opportunities are geared toward students in the department.

Co-op and internships – Students are strongly encouraged to complete co-ops and internships before they graduate. Past students have worked at Monsanto, Cerner, Sprint, Brewer Science, Diebold, Express Scripts, Fort Leonard Wood, Phelps County Regional Hospital, and other local and national companies. More information.

Study abroad – Both English and technical communication students have exciting study-abroad opportunities. Faculty members have taken groups of students to London for semester-long courses on Shakespeare, social media use, and food and literature as part of the Missouri London Program; students and faculty in English have joined their counterparts in geology and geophysics on research trips to San Salvador Island in the Bahamas; and the department may soon be offering summer literature courses in Iceland and Wales. More information. (In the photograph above, students in Dr. Malone's Shakespeare class listen as an archivist discusses the provenance, content, and preservation of Shakespeare's will, which is on the table in front of them.)

Student organizations – Students are welcome to join the writing staffs of campus publications such as Southwinds, the university’s literary and arts magazine, which is published annually in the spring semester and is distributed throughout campus, and the Missouri Miner, the university’s student-run newspaper. Students are also welcome to join a student organization such as Sigma Tau Delta, an honor society for English majors and minors and those interested in English language and literature, or the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, which is the only chapter of its kind in the Eastern half of Missouri. More information.