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  • Students who concentrate in English participate in the following extracurricular activities.

    Annual Student Research Symposium

    The Annual Student Research Symposium offers students engaged in extended research projects (particularly in the Department's capstone course, but also in major courses or in independent study) an opportunity to present  their work to a campus-wide audience. 

    If you would like to submit a paper proposal or if you would like more information, please contact Professor Irma Maini or Professor Jason Mohaghegh.

    View the programs of our previous symposia:
         Annual Student Research Symposium 2012
         Annual Student Research Symposium 2011 


    Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society

    The local chapter of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta recognizes the accomplishments of high-achieving English majors and provides them with a network to meet other like-minded students locally, nationally, and even internationally. 

    Read more to learn about the induction process and the benefits of membership


    NJCU Poetics

    NJCU Poetics engages in peer communication, discussion, guest lectures, collective readings, poetry recitations, and other activities centered on the exploration of the aesthetic, cultural, and intellectual aspects of literature. 

    If you are interested in joining or have any questions, e-mail the faculty advisor, Professor Alina Gharabegian

    For more information, you may also visit the group's website.


    PATHs (Student Journal)

    Paths logo 

    The student journal of creative writing published by New Jersey City University. It features poetry, short fiction, prose, and creative nonfiction. The journal is edited by Professors Ethan Bumas and Tan Lin. 

    Read our current journal issue for 2010-2011.

    To submit stories, poems, etc., to the PATHs journal you may either drop off a hard copy at the English Department in Karnoutsos room 304, or send your work by email to ebumas@njcu.edu and tlin@njcu.edu, as an Word document. In your subject line, be sure to write "PATHS submission," include your last name and whether the the submission is fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. The name of your document should also be the title of your piece.

    Access our archived issues:  


    Explorations 

    Published by the New Jersey City University department of English, Explorations is a student-run enterprise dedicated to the publication of literary interpretation by NJCU students.  

    Students interested in editing or submitting to the journal should contact Professor Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz.

    Past issues:
         Explorations 4 (2010)
         Explorations 3 (2006)
         Explorations 2 (2003) 
         Explorations 1 (2002) 


    Walter Glospie Academy of American Poets Prize

    For information on the prize and a list of past winners, see here.


    The Kathy Potter Memorial Award

    A new literary prize to be awarded annually to an NJCU student, in memory of Kathy Potter (class of 2010). Read the submission information; submissions are due May 20, 2013. Please read a tribute to Kathy Potter by Professor Edvige Giunta. 


    Memoir Students Facebook Group

    Professor Edvige Giunta has created the group "NJCU Memoir" on Facebook for current and former students of her memoir workshops at NJCU and elsewhere. This group will provide a forum for sharing ideas, announcing publications and other writing news, posting calls for submissions, discussing writing issues and publication possibilities, asking questions about graduate school and job and internship opportunities. It will also allow memoir students of the last eleven years to stay in touch or reconnect.

    How to join: look for NJCU Memoir on Facebook and ask to join. The group is closed so the request will go to Professor Giunta. Those who were not memoir students but are interested in joining the group should write directly to Professor Giunta at egiunta@njcu.edu.