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The English Department provides many opportunities for students to become involved in learning, research, and publications.  In addition to several scholarships, the department also offers a strong internship program for pre-professional experiential learning.  Graduate students benefit from the experiential learning opportunities as teaching assistants or tutors in Southeast’s Writing Lab.  The department also hosts a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.  Finally, the department also provides opportunities in the Center for Faulkner studies (which includes one of the world’s leading collections of Faulkner-related material), and in Southeast Missouri State University Press, and several other publications.

At Southeast, we strive to provide our students with real-world experience connected with their chosen major and desired career. We believe that this prepares you for the world awaiting you after college.

If you are preparing to become a teacher of English at the secondary or middle school level, you will have the opportunity to student teach in various school settings in the area. This will give you valuable practical experience in the classroom.

If you see yourself in a publishing, editing, or writing career in the future, Southeast’s Department of English offers you numerous opportunities to practice and sharpen your skills before heading out into “the real world.” Here are some publications produced by the Department and the University for which you might be interested in working, writing and/or editing:

View a list of scholarships available to students in the Department of English.
An internship is a practical learning experience outside the usual classroom setting. You can learn more about our internship policy here.
Teaching Assistantships
The English Department provides many opportunities for students to become involved in learning, research, and publications.

Center for Faulkner Studies

The Center for Faulkner Studies is devoted to the study of William Faulkner, sole owner and proprietor of Yoknapatawpha County.

University Press

Southeast Missouri State University Press, founded in 2001, serves both as a first-rate publisher in our underpublished region and as a working laboratory for students interested in learning the art and skills of literary publishing.

The Writing Lab

The Writing Lab, located in room 412 of Kent Library, provides face-to-face and online writing support to university and community clients.

Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, provides exceptional English majors with opportunities for advancing the study of language and literature, for developing skills in creative and analytical writing, and for meeting with other scholars and professionals in the discipline of English.

Big Muddy

An 8.5 x 5.5 perfectbound, color-cover, semi-annual publication that explores multidisciplinary issues and events concerning the 10-state area that borders the Mississippi River, from the United States/Canadian border to Louisiana's Gulf Coast.

The Cape Rock

The Cape Rock exists to provide a national forum for established and new poets and photographers.


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