Individual Research and Creative Projects
In continued efforts to support undergraduate students in their individual research and creative projects, the English Department has created application processes for project funding and conference travel. Students are encouraged and expected to seek funding first and foremost from URS administered programs. Funding from the English Department is not guaranteed for any project and will be awarded and administered on a rolling basis.
Forms for our Undergraduate Conference Travel Award application, and Undergraduate Project Support are available in our Box folder.
Other research resources:
- How to begin exploring research projects – includes Q&A, research assistantships and funding information
- Duke Undergraduate Research Society – peer advisors for underclassmen seeking research opportunities in their field
- Summer Funding Opportunities
- Representing Migration Humanities Lab – a new research lab co-directed by five faculty members in the English Department
- Rhodes Information Initiative – other research opportunities in the Digital Humanities and Data+ projects
Students requesting to participate in Independent Study is asked to fill out and submit a permission form.
English majors should use the Plan-of-Study Worksheet to keep track of courses taken (or planned to take) to fulfill the BA requirements.
Thesis & Distinction
To be eligible for distinction, English majors must submit their critical and creating writing thesis application, along with other information outlined in our Application & Coursework section.
Samples to help you in formatting and binding your thesis are also available.
Library Support for English Majors and Minors
Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Librarian for Literature and Theater Studies, holds office hours Wednesdays 3-5 pm in the Graduate Student Lounge (Allen 328) or by appointment. Her Literature in English Research Guides include primary sources, recommended databases, finding background information, finding book reviews, citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Research by area:
- Medieval & Early Modern
- 18th-19th Century
- Modern & Contemporary
- Criticism, Theory & Methodology
- Creative Writing
Other library resources:
- Library services for First-Year Students
- Digital Humanities
- Film & Video Collection
- Duke Games & Culture Lab
- Low Maintenance Book Club
- New & Noteworthy Collection
Student Publishing Opportunities
Students can submit essays, short stories, poems and other works:
- Duke Student Engagement in Durham
- Community-based Federal Work-study Positions – includes literary outlets such as America Reads/ America Counts, Book Harvest, and Durham Literary Center
- Service Learning