Hands-On Learning with English

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get Busy…as an English Major
So what does an English major do besides read books and write papers? All kinds of things. Service learning, internships, travel and other experiences deepen your understanding of the written word. You can also try your hand at writing literature too!

Service-Learning Projects
Make a difference and gain experience during your time in the Department of English. Nearly every English major completes at least one, if not many, service-learning projects by the time he or she graduates. You can tailor your project to your personal and professional interests, but recent students have:

  • Created brochures for the Boy Scouts of America
  • Written newspaper articles for CASA and the Foster Grandparents program
  • Conducted and transcribed oral history interviews of Ellis County residents
  • Written scripts for Smoky Hills Public Television’s on-air auction

Writing and Editing
Try out the publishing and editing field, and see how writing finds its way into history. You can get involved with a literary and artistic publication through the student-run journal Lines from the Middle of Nowhere. Gather some clips by writing articles for the Post Parade, the English department’s alumni newsletter. You could even set up an internship with professional publications at FHSU like the Journal of Business and Leadership, Fort Hays Studies, and Teacher-Scholar.

Community Internships
Put your English degree to work before you graduate with a community internship. Learn the ins and outs of promoting new industries like agritourism. Develop handbooks and other publications for non-profit organizations. Manage public relations for an arts organization. The possibilities are endless. Figure out who you want to work with, and you can earn college credit and gain outstanding professional experience.

Recent internship placements include:

  • Ellis County Historical Society
  • Journal of Business and Leadership
  • Willa Cather Newsletter and Review
  • Teacher-Scholar
  • Hays Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Western Kansas String Academy

Travel and Interact with Literature
Tired of reading about far off places and never going anywhere yourself? Make literature come alive by going on a trip with the Department of English. Recently, students have gone to England and Ireland, allowing them to see the ruins of Tintern Abbey, Jane Austen’s home in Bath, literary Dublin, and the Book of Kells for themselves. Some students have stayed a little closer to home, making pilgrimages to Willa Cather’s home in Red Cloud, Nebraska or visiting area war memorials. Where will your passion for literature take you?

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