Departmental activities

English, writing and Spanish students find many opportunities at Bluffton, including:
    • An annual printed literary magazine, Shalith, features poetry, fiction, essays and artwork by students and faculty. This annual publication is edited and produced by students.
    • An online literary journal, Inspiration Point, publishes writing in all genres by Bluffton students.
    • While housed in the communication department, the weekly student online newspaper, blufftonconnection.com, provides opportunity for all students to gain experience with editing, writing and production.
    • An internship program provides experience with area publishers, newspapers, radio and television stations, and other firms.
    • The department employs four to six student workers, who assist English and Spanish faculty and staff the Writing Center. At times, students are also hired to work with professors as research assistants.
    • The departmental honors program allows students to earn credit in their junior and senior years for a special project. The English department has been especially active in this program, with one or more outstanding seniors completing honors projects each year since 1998.
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    Students have seen their work published in a variety of national undergraduate literary journals. Jen Grathwol, Mandy Tirey and Mandy Benton have had poetry published in the Cedarville Review. Lowell Wyse, through a contest, had his essay selected for publication in the Georgetown Review, and Heidi Martin had a literary analysis published in The Oswald Review. 

  • An expanded Writers and Scholars Series and the annual English Festival bring significant authors to campus each year. Since 1984, visiting writers have included William Stafford, Gwendolyn Brooks, Scott Russell Sanders, Nikki Giovanni, Julia Kasdorf, Andrew Hudgins, Janet Kauffman, Jean Janzen, Charles Baxter, David Baker, Keith Ratzlaff, Erin McGraw, Maggie Anderson, Tim Gautreaux, Mary Grimm, Audrey Petty, Herbert Woodward Martin, Li-Young Lee and many others. 

  • Both the Spanish Club and the English Club meet regularly.