Current Student Course Schedule, Conferences, and Resources

Spring 2017 English Department Courses

Some courses are offered every semester, every spring or fall, or only occasionally. To be sure the course you are interested in is being offered in the semester you are looking for, check the course catalogue or ask the department chair, Dr. Matt Skillen.

Fall 2017 course schedule and full descriptions.


The conferences listed below are ones that E-town students have attended in the past. These are chances to meet and discuss original student research with other English majors locally in Pennsylvania, nationally, and, in some cases, internationally.

Scholarship and Creative Arts Day
Elizabethtown College
Typical deadline: late March
Conference: A Tuesday late in April
Contact: Scholarship and Creative Arts Day

Susquehanna University
Typical deadline for submissions: November
Conference: February
Length: 15 minute presentations
or email 

National Undergraduate Literature Conference 
Typical deadline for submissions: January
Conference: April
Length: 8-15 pages

University of St. Francis Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature
Typical deadline for submissions: December 15
Conference: March
Length: 8-12 pages
Contact: 815-740-3852 

Pennsylvania College English  Association Conference
Typical deadline for submissions: February 1
Conference: April; State College PA


Valley Humanities Review
Lebanon Valley College
Submissions: Fall semester
Publication: End of spring semester
Length: 2500-6000 words (Chicago manual style of citation, if needed)

Links of Interest

  • American Rhetoric: Devoted to classic American rhetorical treatises. A good source for speeches.
  • American Universities: A very complete listing of links to catalogues of American colleges and universities. Would be a valuable tool for any student considering graduate school.
  • Brevity: Online journal of short concise literary non-fiction and memoir
  • Creative Non-Fiction: A magazine devoted entirely to the new literary form.
  • The High Library: A subject and resource course guide specifically for English classes.
  • John Lye's Course and Source Page: Includes links to important essays and articles on Literary Theory and topics related to English Studies.
  • Making of America: Contains over 3.5 million searchable pages of nineteenth-century books and magazines.
  • New York Times: Online edition of one of the nation's prominent newspapers.
  • OWL: The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. Includes links and information on writing, grammar, research, and documenting sources.
  • Poets.Org: Website with biographies and samples of classic and contemporary American Poetry.
  • The Public Broadcasting System: An excellent web site for video, transcripts, and supplementary material for their programs. A few of the many series of interest to English students: The American Experience, American Masters, Frontline, and P.O.V.
  • Representative Poetry Online: An award-winning, reliably produced collection of hundreds of poems, many with editor's notes.
  • Schlesinger Library: Website for the Schlesinger Library at Harvard, specializing in American women. Documents and images online.
  • Silva Rhetorica: A guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric.
  • The Romantics: An interesting, popular, introductory website from the BBC ( British Broadcasting Corporation) that presents information about key historical events of the Romantic period, and texts written by the most well-known British authors of the time.
  • Voice of the Shuttle: Website devoted to research in the Humanities.
  • Walt Whitman Quarterly Review: The leading journal of Whitman studies, and includes contents of current and past issues as well as a comprehensive bibliography.
  • Writer's Alamanac: Host Garrison Keillor reads a new poem every day, some classics, but most from recently published collections.