The following are just some of the opportunities available to English students at Penn State Altoona:
- Opportunity to study with faculty writers who have published award-winning novels, books of poetry, short-story collections, and nonfiction books.
- Learn from our Emerging Writer in Residence and from a regular slate of prominent visiting writers.
- Work for the Thoreau Society, a professional organization housed at Penn State Altoona that fosters education about the life, works, and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau.
- Gain editorial experience with Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, a journal of criticism and theory published at Penn State Altoona.
- Research and write for the Black Writers of Pennsylvania Database Project, an online literary encyclopedia.
- Design, edit, promote, and submit creative work or art to Hard Freight, the college's student literary magazine.
- Compete for the Russo Award for Literary Criticism and the Russo Award for Creative Writing, established in honor of Richard Russo, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winner and former Altoona faculty member.
- Become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
- Join faculty on annual field trips to Ontario's Stratford Shakespeare Festival and more.
- Participate in the annual Penn State Undergraduate English Conference.
Ms. Erin C. Murphy
Associate Professor of English
Arts and Humanities
Office: 212 Hawthorn Building