Four Programs for Majors
English Department faculty are accomplished teachers and scholars. Faculty have won numerous awards, presented research at regional, national, and international professional conferences, and published articles, creative works, and books.
Internship Opportunities for Students
Working with the office of Career Services at USI, the English Department offers numerous internship opportunities for English majors, including Tucker Publishing, Southern Indiana Review, the Writing Center, the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office, the Evansville Police Department, the Posey County Community Foundation, News 4U, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane. Internships that call for writing and communication skills or an interest in law are particularly suited to English majors. Students may register for ENG498to receive credit for internship experiences.
Minor in Entrepreneurship for English Majors
In partnership with the College of Business, the English Department offers a Minor in Entrepreneurship for English Majors. The eighteen-hour minor combines English courses in investigative, digital, professional, technical, and grant writing with Business courses in idea creation, feasibility study, and business planning. The minor emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and entrepreneurial business skills to broaden possibilities for English majors who are interested in starting their own businesses or working for organizations that value an entrepreneurial mindset.
RopeWalk Visiting Writers Reading Series
The RopeWalk Reading Series brings several nationally-known writers to USI each year, providing opportunities for students and members of the community to interact with emerging and established writers. All readings are free and open to the public. The readings are recorded and broadcast on WNIN, an NPR station serving Evansville and the region.
Southern Indiana Review
Southern Indiana Review is a nationally-recognized journal that presents the work of emerging and established artists and writers whose work is both regional and national in scope and degree of recognition. With the support of the Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts, SIR is published in the Fall and Spring.
FishHook: A Student Journal of Arts and Letters
FishHook is a cutting-edge art and literary magazine, showcasing the poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art of University of Southern Indiana students. All aspects of the publication are managed by students in the English program.
RopeWalk Press publishes chapbooks and anthologies. RopeWalk chapbooks have been featured in national publications such as Poets & Writers Magazine.
River Bend Writing Project
The River Bend Writing Project at the University of Southern Indiana is a National Writing Project site serving southwestern Indiana, southeastern Illinois, and western Kentucky. The Project provides resources for teachers in all disciplines, from kindergarten through college, who are committed to improving the literacy skills of students. USI’s River Bend Writing Project is the only National Writing Project site in Indiana.
College Achievement Program (CAP)
CAP is a cooperative program between USI and participating high schools which allows high school students to take English 101: Rhetoric and Composition I and ENG105: Introduction to Literature in their own high schools. These classes are taught by qualified high school English faculty selected by the English Department.Each year more than 800 students enroll in CAP English classes in more than twenty schools across the region.