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English Extracurriculars

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A hallmark of the English department is that we extend learning beyond the classroom in a number of ways. These opportunities are designed to engage you. They’re also designed to make you a better writer and researcher and to better prepare you for graduate school or a job.

Here are a few we offer:

  • Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society. The society strives to: 

  • Confer distinction for high achievement in English language 
  • and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; 
  • Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; 
  • Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing; 
  • Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; 
  • Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and 
  • Serve society by fostering literacy. 

With more than 800 active chapters located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.

  • The Poetry & Fiction Series

For more than four decades, the English department has brought internationally acclaimed writers to campus as part of the Poetry & Fiction Series. As part of the series, these authors read from their work and often work directly with students in creative writing classes. In addition, the department sponsors the Poetry & Fiction Contest during which students read their work to an audience of peers and professional judges. 

  • Independent Studies and Senior Theses

 English majors often study independently with professors through tutorials, independent studies, and senior theses, where students work one-on-one with a professor on a topic of their choosing. Students who select the thesis option work collaboratively with a professor to complete a significant research project.

​​​The​ Alembic​

The Alembic is the official, international literary journal of Providence College. Foun​​​ded in 1920, it was the College's first publication and has gone through many changes since its original run. Earlier issues served not only as a platform for student literary expression, but also as a yearbook and news service. Inclusions in the journal have received national attention through various literary review committees and organizations. Today, The Alembic, which is published each April, features the work of established and student writers and photographers.​​

Read the Alembic​

Poetry, Prose & Fiction Contest​ Winners

Verse Poetry 
First Place: Katie Puzycki for Noli me tangere
Second Place: Abigail Johnston for Iona

Prose Poetry ​
First Place: Courtney Saporano for The Red Planet
Second Place: Julia Zygiel for 4 a.m. Feeling

First Place: Anna Munroe for Hand-Me-Down
Second Place: Molly Turban for Something Before Spring
Third Place: Jacquelyn Kelley for Silence