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Honors in the Discipline

Andrew HermHonors in the Discipline is awarded to outstanding senior English majors. To receive this distinction, the student must develop, propose, and complete a research or creative project which is evaluated by a committee of faculty from the department. Invitation of the major department is required for a student to begin an honors project. In addition, a grade point average of at least 3.6 in the major is required.

Honors in the Discipline are noted in the graduation program and on the academic transcript. A student may receive recognition in more than one discipline. Departments may recognize more than one graduate in a year. Each department determines the specific criteria used to judge its students' projects. For requirement guidelines, students should consult Professor John Rohrkemper, the department's Honors Coordinator, or Professor Carmine Sarracino, the department chair.

Special Privileges

Scholar's Privilege: A full-time student who appeared on the Dean's List of Honor Students during the preceding semester may, with the permission of the instructor, attend any class in the College on a space available basis as a scholar's privilege without registration or credit.

Departmental Student Privilege: A full-time or part-time junior or senior student may, with the permission of the instructor, attend any class within the student's major or minor department on a space available basis without registration or credit.


Every April, the English Department holds an awards ceremony to recognize the distinguished efforts of a few outstanding students in several areas. The ceremony is followed by a banquet to celebrate the success of all graduating seniors. The Departmental awards include:

Christian S. Wenger English Prize

Awarded to the outstanding senior English major. While academic excellence in English is important, the student recipient is selected based upon his or her overall contribution to the College, and potential to represent the College well after graduation. This award was established in 1973 with a gift by Mrs. Christian S. Wenger in memory of her husband.

Evelyn Poe First Year Writing Award

The Evelyn Poe Award is given each year to a student who has demonstrated exceptional writing ability in a first year writing class. It is named to honor a former long-term member of the English Department.

Louise Baugher Black Award for Non-Fiction Prose Writing

Recognizes excellence in non-fiction prose writing and carries a cash prize. Each year the English Department issues a call for juniors and seniors of all majors to apply by submitting portfolios that should include no more than three essays written for class.

Ralph W. Schlosser Award in Renaissance Literature

The Schlosser Award is given each year, typically to a senior who has demonstrated intellectual agility, scholarly commitment, and interpretive sophistication in the study of literary texts written before 1800.

This award is named in honor of Ralph W. Schlosser, who was a graduate of Elizabethtown College, a distinguished member of the English Department for many years, and who also served as president of the college. The Schlosser Renaissance Award is made possible by the generosity of donors who have helped establish a general fund for awards in English.

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