Department of English
The English Department fosters students’ ability for responding to and producing written communication in order to enhance their success in college and in careers. Through composition, creative writing, and literature courses, the instructors introduce the diversity of existing world views, the continuity of the human experience, and an appreciation for historical, cultural, and spiritual values.
Rochester College offers offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. The interdisciplinary studies also features concentrations in English and professional writing. Students may also combine the study of English with teacher certification to teach English at the secondary level. English courses are also an important component of the Language Arts major, which (with teacher certification) allows graduates to teach at the elementary level. An English minor may also be paired with most majors. Foreign language coursework fulfills a General Education requirement in all the Bachelor of Arts programs at Rochester College and serves as a valuable complement to other programs.
Many employers value an English degree as a solid foundation for the world of work. The English major develops communication and critical thinking skills and provides a better understanding of human nature and universal issues and truths. Careers available to graduates with a degree in English writing include education, journalism, technical writing, business, law, library science, and government service.
In today’s world, foreign language qualifications can be a valuable asset. Organizations engaged in global business seek multilingual graduates to fill positions in business, banking, and finance. Also, multilingual communicators may find jobs as translators or teachers.
Alpha Iota Phi is the RC chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. The sponsors are Prof. Zac Watson, Prof. Sean Milligan, and Dr. Anne Nichols.
Qualifications for Membership at RC
A candidate for membership shall have a minimum of three college courses in English language and literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate shall have the minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship (a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale), shall rank at least in the top thirty-five percent of his/her class, and shall have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work. The current fee for a lifetime membership is $45.
Benefits of Membership
1. Update for resume: The Sigma Tau Delta honor society is well established and should be recognized by those with a background in English.
2. Conferences and journals: Sigma Tau Delta holds an annual conference and publishes a critical writing journal and a creative writing journal.
3. Scholarships: As noted on the English.org Website, students can apply for various scholarships through the society.
4. Internships: A student may seek out an internship co-sponsored by Sigma Tau.
5. Alumni network: Upon graduation, an alumnus can join the Alumni Epsilon Chapter for $13.
If you would like to apply for membership or have any questions about Alpha Iota Phi, please e-mail English@rc.edu