Department of English

Activities of Interest to English Majors

Parnassus: The English Club
One of the oldest clubs at Oneonta State, dating back over 100 years, Parnassus: The English Club continues to offer English majors and other students an opportunity to associate with classmates interested in literature and literary studies. In conjunction with the English department, Parnassus brings scholars, critics, and writers to campus for lectures and readings. Additionally, this Student Association-funded organization sponsors film festivals, writing awards, and bus trips to museums and plays.

Art & Scope
Art & Scope magazine has been a tradition at Oneonta State for several decades. Originally called Scope, the magazine lengthened its title in the mid-1970s after the Upjohn Company (makers of the mouthwash) informed College administrators that a twenty-year-old copyright law precluded the use of "scope"! Primarily an art and literary magazine, its editors seek submissions from Oneonta State students, regardless of major, of diverse types of creative work--poetry, short fiction, essays, graphic art, and original photographs or photographs of original paintings or sculptures. This Student Association-funded publication is circulated on campus each semester and is overseen by faculty advisors from both the English and Art departments. A small, dedicated group of student volunteers fill various editorial positions. For English majors, editing for Art & Scope is a good opportunity to meet others interested in writing. A popular magazine on campus, it serves as a showcase for student writers and artists. Additionally, Art & Scope is the sponsor of the popular "Open Mic Night" – poetry readings and music – at the Café Union Square (Hunt Union).

Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

Edit This!

Edit This
is a journal of student writing published periodically as part of the final project for the Department's professional writing class "Introduction to Editing and Publishing" (LING 215). It typically includes poetry, fiction, and academic essays on diverse topics.

If you are interested in these activities, please come by Netzer Administration, Room 322.