Opportunities in English and Humanities

The English and Humanities department provides you with unique programs to explore literature, writing, philosophy, religion, and foreign languages beyond your classroom experience. We have several programs that support the College's cultural programming. These programs provide an opportunity to engage with nationally recognized scholars and writers, professors from York College and other colleges, and film directors.

Lecture Series

The department sponsors an annual Lecture Series that brings noted professors and scholars to York College. Framed by a theme we identify every year, we invite prominent individuals to to our campus to deliver lectures in their areas of specialization. The Lecture Series also includes panels by York College Faculty members who discuss topics related to the theme of the year's series. Some guest lecturers have visited classes and shared their thoughts with our students. The lectures are free and open to the public. The Lecture Series provides excellent opportunities for students to interact with individuals who are experts in their fields, learn new insights into different topics, and gain new knowledge on different topics.

Film Series

The Humanities Film Series is designed to promote the humanities on campus and in the surrounding community by encouraging a serious and ongoing examination of and discussion about cinema. The Humanities Film Series consists of about six advertised film screenings per academic year that are free and open to the entire college and to the surrounding community. At each of the film screenings, a guest scholar or filmmaker will, after a short introductory lecture, present a film and lead a discussion about it after the screening. For a description of the 2010-2011 Film Series, click here.

Writer-in-Residence Program

The department invites nationally recognized authors to campus to read from their work, give a public lecture, and conduct a writing workshop for aspiring student creative writers. Recent writers-in-residence have included Mark Shields, Michael Thomas, and Rafael Campo.

The York Review

The York Review is the department's student-run literary journal. Published usually in the spring, the magazine is a juried collection of student writing. Students can submit works for publication and can apply to serve on the editorial board.


The English and Humanities Department sponsors a number of scholarships and awards that qualified students may compete for. Applications are usually available in the spring semester, and decisions are made by the end of the spring semester.


Internships are a great way to learn valuable career-related skills and experience by working for a sponsoring organization. Information about internships is available at the Career Development Center.

Bob Hoffman Writing Contest

The Bob Hoffman Writing Contest was established by our department in collaboration with Mr. Bob Hoffman, York native, Olympic weight-lifting champion, and founder of the York Barbell Company. The purpose of the contest, held early in the fall semester, is to promote creative writing among York College students. First, second, and third place monetary prizes are awarded in three categories of creative writing: poetry, short fiction, and short non-fiction.

Clubs and Organizations

There are several students groups that you may be interested in. These groups promote interaction among students who share similar academic interests. The German Club meets regularly to practice conversation in German and to plan extracurricular activities. The Student Film Association meets regularly to view and discuss movies and other film-related topics. The Sigma Teta Delta English Society, open to qualified English Literary Studies and Secondary Education English majors, promotes the study and advancement of English.