English department students

The students of Northeastern’s English Department are an active and supportive bunch, who have joyously built a nurturing and creative intellectual and social community. See how you can get involved!

Sigma Tau Delta

Established as an honor society in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature and writing, Sigma Tau Delta is dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English. Our department's chapter, Pi Epsilon, gathers most weeks for readings and lively discussions as Literature Lovers open to members and interested students.

Members must meet eligibility guidelines established by the international organization. These students become eligible for opportunities to earn scholarships, publish, and present papers at the annual international conference. Our great students have presented papers in recent years in Charleston, S.C., Albuquerque, N.M. and Minneapolis, Minn., as well as at regional conferences.

For information contact the faculty sponsor, Professor Ryan Poll at r-poll@neiu.edu or (773) 442-5823.

The 82: Writers Reading

The 82 is the Creative Writing minor's reading series, featuring distinguished Chicago writers of all genres, Northeastern faculty members and Northeastern student writers. The series hosts four to six events per academic year, and is named after the CTA's Kimball bus line, which gets many Chicagoans to our Main Campus and El Centro location. 

During the Alumni Weekend, the 82 regularly curates a program for "Poetry and Pancakes," featuring...well--both of those--in the Student Union Courtyard. 

Werd Nerds and our Alumni, Bringing it all back Home--on Facebook

You can keep abreast of the latest news and developments in the English department and its affiliated groups and programs on social media--primarily (at least for now) on Facebook. Some years ago (somewhere near the dawn of Facebook time) our undergraduates launched a group called "NEIU Werd Nerds: A Renegade Group of English Majors"--and the name stuck. Information and communications more relevant to graduates goes out on "NEIU English Alumni--Bringing It All Back Home."