English majors with a writing emphasis may choose to do a writing internship at a newspaper, public relations office, publishing house, or other writing-intensive business as part of their course requirements. English-education majors do their "internships" by teaching at a local junior or senior high school for ten weeks. Students earning a TESOL emphasis or certificate get valuable experience working with ESL students in their required Tutoring Practicum and Teaching Practicum.
Sigma Tau Delta is a national honors society open to anyone who has twelve or more credits of English courses beyond composition and who has the required GPA. Sigma Tau Delta sponsors a yearly dinner, trips to theater productions and movies, and a booth at the campus fall and spring festivals.
The department invites all majors and their friends to quarterly soup suppers and pre-vespers in faculty homes. Other activities include trips to museums, plays, and films.
The Dramatic Arts Society, an organization of the English department's drama program, produces at least one play each year, as well as other dramatic events such as the 24-hour Play Festival and a One-Act Festival. Open auditions provide many students with the opportunity to act, direct, and produce plays at PUC. For more information see Dramatic Arts Society page on this website and Visit the DAS website
The department employs students as English readers and as helpers in the drama program. English majors also have the opportunity to work as tutors in the Writing Lab at the Teaching and Learning Center.
The Franklyn and Laurie Hoyt scholarship provides $4000 worth of tuition help to one or more students each year.
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