Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language

Student Opportunities

Students benefit from on- and off-campus programs that enhance classroom instruction in extraordinary and novel ways.

From writing competitions judged by professional writers, to Spanish or German language game-playing, on-campus programs offer a panoply of unique learning opportunities.

Students may travel to the far corners of the planet to study literature or present a conference paper.

FRENCH HOUSE. Students immerse themselves in a foreign language—French this year—by speaking it exclusively while "at home." 

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM. The Writing Center strengthens Hendrix’s commitment to writing in every field of study. The Center, located in the College’s Bailey Library, is available to assist students with their writing assignments in any class. Highly trained student tutors facilitate the writing process and help direct attention to problem areas. As Hendrix’s international student community becomes more diverse, the Center continues to support teaching English as a second language.

WRITING AND OTHER COMPETITIONS. Writing competitions encourage students and alumni to strive for excellence in their written work.

Literary Contest. First, second, and third place cash prizes are awarded in each of three genres--poetry, prose, and literary hybrids--to work submitted to Hendrix's student literary/art magazine, the Aonian.

Student and Alumni Playwriting Contests. Current and former Hendrix College students are eligible to participate in one of two contests. Plays must be original and must never have been published or produced on the stage or in any other venue. Deadline is December 13, 2013. Playwrights of exceptional entries receive honoraria, as recommended by the judge, and winning plays may be produced as dramatic readings on Hendrix’s Cabe Theatre stage.

ENGAGED LEARNING. Students and faculty pursue a wide range of activities that extend their study of literature and language far beyond the campus.

Study Abroad Scholarships. Scholarships support students studying literature and language on university campuses in Germany, India, China, and Ghana.

Hendrix in Madrid. Eight students pursue intensive summer course work in Spanish language and literature while exploring cultural sites and locales of Madrid and the surrounding countryside.

Hendrix in Lyon. Eight students attend a four-week summer language program in French while experiencing the culture, art, and music of Lyon.

British Studies at Oxford. Hendrix students receive financial assistance to participate in a summer study program in Oxford, England, that is sponsored by Rhodes University.

Undergraduate Research Conference Travel. This program gives students the opportunity to present undergraduate research at national conferences by providing the funding to cover the costs of their travel and attendance.

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES AND MATERIALS. A variety of programs and materials enhances learning in and out of the classroom.

English Department Discussion Series. Students and faculty talk informally about the discipline and opportunities for advanced study.

Archival Research. English department students travel with a faculty member to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin to conduct research.

Foreign Language Activities. French conversation classes with a native speaker, German games and holiday celebrations, Chinese conversation hour, and Spanish-language dinners create unique opportunities for students to experience and enjoy the cultures of the languages they study.