Experiential Learning Opportunities

The English Department offers several opportunities for students to gain professional and community-engaged experiences through internships with local companies and non-profits, working on Department-sponsored publications, and courses involved in community outreach. 

Our goal is to connect our bright and eager students in need of real world experience to community organizations seeking smart, energetic young people to help them create public documents.

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The Department of English is home to several publications, including Poetry Miscellany, The Tennessee Philological Bulletin, MidAmerica, and Midwestern Miscellany. Our students often participate in the production of these publications.

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Everyone’s heard the old adage “the best way to learn is through experience,” but it may surprise people to know that such an emphasis on experience in education goes all the way back to Ancient Greece; in fact, it was Aristotle who wrote “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. Men become builders by building” in his famous work Nicomachean Ethics, and he has since been described as “the progenitor of experiential learning. . . .” because of his “arguments about transforming experience into informed judgment.”

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