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Departmental Honors in English

Celebrity: A Novella—Douglas Urbanski 2011

The Allegory of Faerie Land: Edmund Spenser's Dissatisfaction with Elizabethan Policy—Lisa Myers 2011

Jane Austen's Clergy: Morality, Virtue, and the Public Persona—Christen Smith 2009

Lovesick: The Aching Heart Drains the Body in Four Jane Austen Novels—Lauren Jarema 2009

Living Mirrors: Mothers, Performativity and Storytelling in Three Ethnic Women's Novels—Ashley Wiberg 2011

Smallpox Inoculation and Race Relations in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century America—Kristen Schaibly 2011

Langston Hughes and the Female Voice Singing of Heartache in the Blues—Christopher Robison 2010

What do the students who wrote these theses have in common? They were EIU students who majored in English or English Language Arts--and many minored in Creative and/or Professional Writing. And all accepted the invitation to participate in English Departmental Honors because they had a passion for research and writing.

Completing the Departmental Honors program will enrich and ennoble your experience at EIU, distinguishing your work now and for the future. Being an Honors graduate is more than a line on your resume. It provides graduate school admissions officers and employers with evidence of your initiative and interests—and commitment to research, writing, and professional collaboration.

Departmental Honors offers unique and intellectually challenging opportunities: the chance to study and collaborate with other Honors students and to work in close consultation with faculty members on a topic of your choosing. Each student enrolls in an Honors section of an English major core course, enrolls in a graduate seminar during the senior year and completes an Honors thesis—and all courses may count toward the majors and/or minors. The thesis project takes place over two semesters, as you complete first an independent study and then an honors thesis. Topics include the full range of English studies—from literature to pedagogy, from composition studies and creative writing to professional writing.

The EIU English faculty and Honors students look forward to working with you. You can read the detailed requirements of the Departmental Honors program online; for more information, contact Dr. Marjorie Worthington, English Department Honors Coordinator.