Beyond the Classroom
Textbooks and lectures might be the foundation, but experiences outside the classroom truly complete your education. That's a philosophy we take seriously at Lander, and our Experience Your Education program encourages you to explore the diverse opportunities that lie beyond the classroom walls. You could intern with local agencies such as The Museum, United Way, and the Greenwood Literacy Council, or at newspapers, television and radio stations, and educational institutions. You can also get hands-on experience through clinicals, service learning projects or study abroad.
- Join Lander's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, or Sigma Delta Pi, the national Hispanic honor society. Both offer opportunities for academic recognition, leadership development and support for creative interests.
- Be published in Lander’s award-winning student newspaper, The Forum, or the university’s literary arts magazine, The Review. You could also submit work to New Voices, Lander’s journal of contemporary prose, or have your work used by the university’s radio station and TV studio.
- Take part in periodical study trips to England, Spain, Portugal and Mexico, where you can visit museums, galleries, ancient ruins and other historical sites.
- Volunteer with service and teaching organizations that support adult literacy or address the needs of the region's growing Hispanic population.
Campus Publications for Writers and Artists
Lander's journal of nonfiction, New Voices publishes both academic
essays and personal reflection written by Lander students from all
disciplines. The publication is produced each spring semester by a team
of student editors who review submissions, choose essays for inclusion
and edit final selections. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Direct questions to New Voices faculty sponsors: Dr. Lillian Craton and Misty Jameson.
For now, check out archived issues of the publication here:
Lander's journal of art and literature, The Review is released each
spring and contains a wide range of visual art and writing styles,
including sculpture, photography, painting, poetry, prose and fiction.
For details check out a sample issue from Spring 2009.
The Forum is Lander's student newspaper. This publication gives
students the opportunity to test their journalistic might through
writing, photography and video via a weekly printed newspaper and an
ever-changing digital edition. To view the online edition go to The Forum Online.
Awards are granted annually to outstanding university students from all disciplines during a ceremony each spring. The following are awards presented by the university's Department of English and Foreign Languages:
- English Discipline Award
The English Discipline Award is granted annually for outstanding scholarship exhibited in English courses at Lander University.
- French Discipline Award
The French Discipline Award is given annually by the French faculty to an outstanding student of French based on scholarship and on dedication to the discipline.
- Spanish Discipline Award
The Spanish Discipline Award is presented annually for outstanding scholarship exhibited in Spanish courses at Lander University.
- Margaret M. Bryant Award
The Margaret M. Bryant Award recognizes a senior majoring in a humanities discipline who plans to enroll in graduate school and who will represent Lander University well.
- Dessie Dean Pitts Humanities Award
The Dessie Dean Pitts Humanities Award is named in honor of Lander alumna Dessie Dean Pitts and is given annually for exceptional nonfiction writing published in New Voices, Lander's journal of nonfiction.
Life after Lander
Mastering a language - whether English or foreign - is an asset in nearly all professional fields. Whatever your career aspirations, the courses you take as an English or Spanish major will help you develop communication skills that will enhance your marketability when you go job hunting.
English majors: An English major can lead to further graduate study in a variety of areas, such as English, library science, government and law. English majors can also write for business, industry and government organizations.
You might be surprised at the careers that have opened for graduates of Lander's English program. Some are lawyers, professors and bankers. One of our graduates, for example, has edited a trade paper for the textile industry. Another has worked as a marketing representative for a large publishing house. Still others are working in public relations, advertising, printing, social work, broadcasting, journalism and education - and those are just a few examples.
Spanish majors: The United States' Spanish-speaking population continues to grow each year, and interest in Hispanic cultures is growing in the business community - including in Greenwood and surrounding regions of South Carolina.
Whether you are interested in teaching or pursuing a career in a field such as business, social work or communications, a degree in Spanish will enhance your chances of landing a great job. It tells perspective employers that you have discipline, a sense of adventure and cross-cultural awareness - traits many companies are looking for as they compete in the global marketplace.
A Spanish degree is also a good springboard to graduate study in fields such as literature, law and public relations. And if teaching is your goal, it's encouraging to know that the U.S. Department of Education reports there is a critical need for foreign-languages teachers, with the demand for Spanish teachers being the greatest. More information on career opportunities.
Study Abroad Opportunities:
For detailed information on Lander's study abroad opportunities visit the following pages: