A Vibrant and Literate Community
Being an English student at The Catholic University of America means being part of a community that values the arts.
The required literature component for all undergraduate degrees ensures that the study of literature is valued throughout the University. The English Society provides vibrant discussions on a number of texts for both undergraduates and graduates each semester. They also host fall and spring parties and excursions. Past excursions have included: readings by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Nick Hornby; trips to the National Book Festival; Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration at the Folger Library; performances at the Folger Theatre and the National Shakespeare Theatre.
The English Graduate Organization also hosts events, lectures, discussions, and period-specific colloquia throughout the semester.
The Contemporary Catholic Writers Reading and Discussion Group engages the CUA community in the current broader conversation regarding the future of the Catholic literary imagination. While the group gives special attention to American Catholic writers, it also includes occasional selections of international writers and works in translation.
Vermilion, the English Department's student-run magazine for literature and the arts, offers a platform to artists of all kinds at the University; from poets to painters, from faculty to students.
The department-sponsored series "Reading Together" allows members of the Catholic University community and public to come together to discuss important works of literature and experience our faculty's great love of literature and connecting with other readers in conversation.
Washington D.C. itself has a vibrant artistic community that regularly performs theatre, poetry, and music in venues throughout the city.