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Joseph J. Irwin Society

The Joseph J. Irwin Society is an English Department honor society.

Awardees include:

2017 Awardees

  • Alce Garvin
  • Cayla Dupuis
  • Dana Demchak
  • Ellen Koppy
  • Emily McCaleb
  • Emily Miller
  • Kathleen Casebeer
  • Nicole Kurlich

2016 Awardees

  • Emma Stapley
  • Emily Espinosa
  • Hannah Catalano
  • Audrey DeGroot
  • Shenoa Butcher
  • Taylor Shell

Student Opportunities

Students outside Ferguson Hall on the Albion College quad.English majors enjoy a rich variety of research, writing, and internship opportunities both on and off campus. Writing and editorial positions on the online student newspaper and the annual literary magazine are available, and the department helps place students in off-campus programs in Great Britain, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. In the past several years, majors have completed off-campus internships with the MacNeil Lehrer News Hour, CNN, Rolling Stone magazine, and NBC News.

The department encourages qualified and interested majors to consider writing an honors thesis in English during their senior year. Successful completion of the thesis results in graduation with departmental honors in English.

Outstanding English majors are invited to join the Joseph J. Irwin Society, the English Department honorary.

The English Department sponsors a series of programs each year which bring distinguished writers and critics to campus for readings, lectures, and meetings with classes. Campus visitors have included Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Maria Howe, Galway Kinnell, Li Young Lee, and Gary Snyder.

Religious Studies

What you’ll study.

Explore the ways that religion shapes individuals and institutions in every major culture, dating all the way back to human prehistory. Ask critical questions about religious doctrines and the Bible. Examine the beliefs and practices of Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. Analyze religious history, literature, and philosophy, mystics and sacred texts, rituals and ethical principles. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

Enjoy personal attention, small seminars, and close mentoring relationships with faculty. Pursue directed study or write an honors thesis and present your findings to the American Academy of Religion. Intern at a church or another religious organization. Visit a local church, temple, or mosque; study in Chicago, India, or Rome. Student research.

Where you’ll go.

Because our program teaches students to think critically about all aspects of human existence, you’ll be prepared for success in a wide variety of careers and advanced study. Our alumni are pastors and professors. They write books; they practice law; they provide social services; they own bicycle shops. Potential career paths.


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  • Grace Gibson
  • Elizabeth Heimler
  • Julia Humenik
  • Virginia Mapes
  • Jessica McGarity
  • Kayla Schultz
  • Katherine Wiese


  • Alexandra Beach
  • Emily Comella
  • John Forgrave
  • Jessica Homrich
  • Nicholas Lane
  • Daniel Palmer
  • Mathew Peters
  • Sandeep Singh
  • Matthew Van Linden
  • Rhonda Vander Zwaag
  • Daniel Willenberg

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