English majors have a wide variety of resources at their disposal should they wish to engage themselves beyond the classroom. We are affiliated with Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, and encourage our majors to join. Our Inklings club organizes outdoor activities (BBQ’s, readings, etc.) that are designed and organized by students. Each year, Professor of English and Faculty Chair Janet Haavisto leads groups of students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Students can also submit their work for publication in two department-supported publications: the JRAD (Journal of Research Across the Disciplines) accepts research-based work and the Aquarian publishes creative work. Finally, if students are interested in developing their teaching skills, the University Writing Center (housed in the Council building as well) accepts applications from English majors for paid tutoring positions.
While Twilight is not technically part of the curriculum, we do endorse actors going to the library and reading books.
Facilities & Resources
Here in the Council building, we provide our students with access to a number of resources that can be beneficial to them both in the classroom and in their own scholarly lives. The council building contains:
- A PC Computer lab with various desktop publishing and word processing software
- A Mac lab with publishing, word processing, and video software
- Classrooms equipped with digital projectors, video and audio equipment, computers, and overhead projectors to facilitate presentations etc
- The school newspaper and TV station are also housed in the Council building
- A Writing Center that both employs English majors and offers assistance to all students with essay assignments
Internships and Career Opportunities
Students not only earn academic credit for internship experiences, but also valuable work experience that complements their education and helps them to gain hands-on experience in their chosen career.
Because the English Major emphasizes general skills like critical thinking and writing, our graduates have gone on to achieve a diversity of accomplishments. We have alumnus attending graduate school for English, writing, rhetoric and composition, attending medical school and law school, and others pursuing careers in business management, publishing, editing, and secondary and elementary education. JU English graduates have gone on to successful careers in a variety of areas. Some of their employers include Viewpoint, the Otis Smith Foundation, Data Systems, Inc., Jacksonville Public Libraries, the Duval County School District, and the U.S. House of Representatives.