English Student Activities and Opportunities

Students in the Rock Room

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Lakas English Scholarships are available for qualified prospective students who wish to pursue a major or minor in English at Rockhurst. Each year, the department awards $10,000 in renewable scholarships. For application materials, please contact the Lakas Scholarship representative, Dr. Dan Martin.
  • Additional scholarships, totaling more than $30,000, are available each year for current English majors. Applications are made available to students each spring.


English Student Organizations and Publications

  • The English Club is a community that is passionately engaged with ideas and texts. Every year the student-run English Club (or Walter J. Ong Society) hold events such as literary-themed gatherings, poetry readings, book clubs, workshops, and marathon readings. All events are publicized across campus and are open to all members of the Rockhurst community.
  • Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society The Alpha Mu Gamma chapter at Rockhurst recognizes the outstanding achievements of English students and promotes the literary arts. Student members have opportunities to apply for national scholarships and internships or to publish creative or analytical work in Sigma Tau Delta's award-winning journals. Every year, Rockhurst students also travel to present their work at the Sigma Tau Delta annual convention. For further information, contact Dr. John Kerrigan.
  • The Rockhurst Review publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction by nationally acclaimed poets and writers. Students, working with Dr. Elizabeth Barnett, have the opportunity to serve as editors and to work closely with these writers.
  • The Rockhurst Reader is our literary journal for undergraduates, which publishes the work of Rockhurst students and others. Students participate in every part of the publication process, from developing submissions to editing the issue.


Related Programs at Rockhurst

  • The Midwest Poets Series, sponsored by The Center for Arts and Letters, brings several prominent poets to campus each semester. These poets not only give readings of their recent and in-progress works, but also visit classrooms for intimate discussions of their work and writing process. The program is managed by Dr. Elizabeth Barnett, assistant professor of English at Rockhurst.
  • The Center for Arts and Letters hosts a range of co-curricular activities that enhance the experience of our students. These include the Plays in Progress Workshop, which produces professional and student playwriting efforts twice annually, the Foreign Language Film Series, which screens French and Spanish language series of films (with subtitles) introduced by Rockhurst faculty members, Musica Sacra, which performs sacred choral masterpieces, the Theatre Arts, which puts on four full theater productions annually, and the Greenlease Gallery, which presents regular exhibitions and hosts gallery opening nights in which the artist speaks with students, faculty and community members about the works on display.
  • The Sentinel, Rockhurst’s student newspaper, offers students opportunities to write about events on campus and in the community.
  • The Aylward-Dunn Learning Center offers free writing assistance to Rockhurst students. Tutors are trained to help with every stage of the writing process, from the planning stage to final editing. Many English majors and minors not only receive assistance on their writing but also become tutors themselves.