English Connections

The Center for Arts and Letters
Offering a range of cultural experiences such as lectures, performances, and readings, the Center supports the University's mission of inculcating a love of learning and an awareness of moral responsibility. Specifically, several of its ongoing projects are under the supervision of English Department Faculty.

The Midwest Poet Series, sponsored by The Center for Arts & Letters and the College of Arts and Sciences, enhances the literary and intellectual lives of Rockhurst University, The Kansas City community, and the surrounding region. It is directed by Robert Stewart, the editor of New Letters Magazine.  The current season includes poets Robert Bly, Michelle Boisseau, Walter Bargen, and Aliki Barnstone.

Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society 
Founded in 1915, Alpha Sigma Nu honors a select number of Junior and Senior students each year on the basis of scholarship, loyalty to Jesuit ideals, and service to the college or community. The Honor Society, moderated by Dr. Charles Kovich, attempts to stimulate intellectual life for students, and membership is one of the highest honors that can be given on any Jesuit campus.

Integrated Humanities
This interdisciplinary sequence of study focuses on significant epochs from Classical Greece to the Twentieth Century and is team taught by members of the English, the history, and the art departments. The course concentrates on both primary texts and co-curricular events and productions relevant to the course subject matter that varies from semester to semester according to the expertise and wishes of the current team of professors.

Advanced College Credit Program (ACCP) 
This program, established in 1970, is designed to provide academically gifted and well-prepared students commensurate opportunity for enrichment and acceleration in their high school environment. Under this program, a high school student can acquire advanced college credit which may then be transferred to a college permanent record at the discretion of the receiving institution. All courses are taught by high school faculty whose credentials have been approved by Rockhurst and who are mentored by selected English faculty.