You'll find the department's faculty and programs focused on making your experience at Murray State a success. Undergraduates have a variety of opportunities to get involved in the department.
English Student Organization
The English Student Organization coordinates a variety of extracurricular student activities in English. Participation is voluntary, and students choose the officers. ESO regularly sponsors poetry and fiction readings, organizes student/faculty mixers, and holds annual or bi-annual book sales. Based upon student interest, ESO coordinates writing groups, reading groups, and trips to attend workshops, conferences, performances, or appearances by contemporary writers.
Murray State Philosophy Club
The Murray State Philosophy Club seeks to encourage philosophical discussion between students and professors. Dinners, coffee-shop gatherings, movie nights, and other get-togethers are planned for each semester to give students the chance to get to know one another and discuss philosophical issues that are important to them. At times students or professors will present their own work at a meeting, and at other times topics are chosen less formally. In past years, the Philosophy Club has organized a trip to conferences so that members can interact with students at other universities, present papers they've written, and listen to talks given by other philosophers.
After a year in the making, the Notations editors unveiled the 2013 issue of Murray State University's annual student literary journal with a celebratory reading on May 2. If you missed the reading, you can still snag a copy at the Department of English and Philosophy offices, 7C Faculty Hall.
Notations publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork. All work is produced, selected, and published by Murray State students. The year-long process of putting the magazine together begins each fall semester when interested students attend organizational meetings to form reading juries and to select editors. Submissions are due at the end of the fall semester, and selections are made in the early spring. The magazine appears near the end of the academic year, followed by a campus reading given by contributors.
The magazine is free to all Murray State students and other interested readers. Visit the Notations page for information on getting involved or submitting your work.
Sigma Tau Delta
The department sponsors the Alpha Eta Tau local chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. Majors and minors in English meeting the organizations academic and membership requirements are eligible to join. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Dawkins
Stonewall Scholars Book Club
Would you like to gather to read and discuss literature and film about the LGBT community? The Stonewall Scholars might be for you. Coordinated by LGBT Programming and the Gender and Diversity Studies Program with funding support from the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of the Provost, the Stonewall Scholars is Murray State's LGBT book club. Contact Dr. Josh Adair for more information.