Sigma Tau Delta
the international English honors society. The objectives of the society
are to bestow distinction for higher achievement in undergraduate,
graduate, and professional studies in English language and literature,
to foster community interest within English departments, to encourage
creative and critical writing.
Past projects and events include:
- campus poetry slams;
- fiction readings;
- literary competitions;
- student presentation at the Sigma Tau Delta national conference;
- travel to dramatic presentations in St. Louis, Bloomington, and Champaign Urbana;
a student-edited literary magazine of poetry, prose, and visual arts
created by Illinois College students. The journal, published annually,
not only provides an opportunity for IC students to see their work in
print, but also develops copy editing experience and leadership skills
among its student editors. New issues of Forté
are distributed to the campus community every spring, while past editions can be found in the online archive.
The Rambler is Illinois College's campus
newspaper. Published regularly, the Rambler has been a part of the IC
community for over 130 years. The paper is filled with campus news,
student opinions, and other interesting articles, many of which are
written by IC students. Since the Rambler is run completely by
students, opportunities for writing, editing, and leadership experience
The Campus Writing Center provides
assistance refining Illinois College community members' written work
and runs special writing programs and events. Open six days a week and
staffed almost entirely by students, the CWC is a vital part of the
campus community. Consultants work closely with faculty and students to
help them edit, organize, and polish writing from every discipline.
Students from any major interested in becoming CWC consultants first
complete an apprentice program to develop their writing, editing,
and peer review knowledge and skills. Consulting is an excellent
on-campus job opportunity for those interested in writing and editing,
and many consultants have the opportunity for leadership and research
The Illinois College Undergraduate Conference of Writers (ICUCOW) is
an annual event sponsored by the Campus Writing Center where Illinois
College students present their written work to the community. The
conference accepts academic and nonacademic submissions from all
disciplines and awards prizes to writers with the best submissions.
Selected works are published in proceedings of the conference.
Participating in ICUCOW provides valuable experience for those
interested in refining their public speaking and presenting their
writing in the future.
The English honors program is open to all English
majors entering the second semester of their junior year. The program
involves a project to be developed by the student in consultation with a
member of the English Department and to continue for four semesters.
The project stresses both research and integration of sources. Creative
writing projects may also be undertaken. The goal of the program is to
give students a taste of graduate school and to produce a published
Students in all academic disciplines are strongly encouraged to acquire practical experience by completing an internship. The
Career Center, located in Baxter Hall, is Illinois College's main
resource for matching a student's interest with their field of study.
English majors have completed internships at the Springfield Magazine,
New Salem, and Illinois College Public Relations Office. Students can
also gain experience working in the Campus Writing Center, located in
Kirby 204. The Campus Writing Center offers peer tutoring, faculty
assistance and a number of other support services to all writers at