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Beyond the Classroom

UMD English students take their education to the next level with exciting learning opportunities beyond the classroom.

Our students seize on community learning opportunities from the local to the global. They pursue education abroad, internships and other directed career research to prepare for professional life after UMD. They also actively engage in departmental organizations that discuss new ideas, build skills, and make connections.

Student Organizations

African Diaspora Reading Group (ADRG)

ADRG exists to explore and contribute to African diaspora writing, creative and critical, and to educate others about this important body of work. ADRG has weekly meetings where members discuss various poems, books and other topics related to the African diaspora, to English majors and to the campus at large. 

Join the ADRG mailing list by emailing

Follow ADRG on Facebook


Learn about some of the English Department’s key research areas through these student and faculty colloquia: Cinema Theory Colloquium, Comparative Literature Colloquium (CMLTlab), Medieval and Early Modern Colloquium, Digital Studies Colloquium, and Critical Theory Colloquium.

Learn more about Colloquia.

English Undergraduate Association (EUA)

The EUA works to enliven literature and make it more accessible to students of all departments fostering social relationships between English majors and other literature lovers through events and sub-clubs. 

Join the EUA listserv and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

Graduate English Organization (GEO)

Attend events throughout the semester including conferences, luncheons, and lectures. Learn more about GEO.

Paper Shell Review

Founded in 2010, the Paper Shell Review is UMD’s annual undergraduate journal of critical essays on literary and media topics. Each issue, published online and in print, comprises five essays by undergraduate students, selected from a pool of submissions from colleges and universities around the world. Membership on the editorial board of Paper Shell is open to all UMD students, though members must attend meetings and events regularly to participate.

Learn more about the journal and browse past issues.

If you are interested in being an editor for The Paper Shell Review, please send an email expressing your interest to

Reading Rainbow (LGBTQ+ Literatures, Film, & Media Group)

Reading Rainbow is a group for students interested in LGBTQ+ Literature, Film, and Media. From essays to book chapters to novels to plays to films and television shows, Reading Rainbow is the English student group devoted to building community around our shared love of LGBTQ+ literature, film, and media. Opportunities for student leadership are available! Come and be a part of building something unique and wonderful! All are welcome!

For more information email

Shakespeare Reading Group

The Shakespeare Reading Group holds bi-weekly meetings to  read and discuss Shakespeare plays and poems selected by group members. Discussions will also include a range of scholarly articles and engagements with Shakespeare’s work, as well as film adaptations, novelizations, and stage performances of the original texts.
Our group’s aim is to examine the 400 year legacy of Shakespeare’s corpus and interrogate its possible futures : we will consider the kinds of critical and creative encounters that Shakespeare’s plays and poems have occasioned in the past and the ways that they have been taken up by scholars, writers, artists, and actors around the world. Why are we still reading, thinking about, arguing over, and performing Shakespeare’s plays and poems? What kinds of discourse do these texts generate when read in different social, political, and philosophical contexts? How might they take on new meanings in our current historical moment?

Each semester, our selected readings will revolve around a specific theme or set of questions. This semester’s theme will be chosen at our first meeting.
For more information, or to join the email list, please contact Halla Khalil

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English Honor Society. It was established in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature studies and to promote interest in literature and the English language on local campuses and in their surrounding communities. Our chapter has sponsored events with poetry readings, tutoring excursions, fundraisers and writing workshops.

Sigma Tau Delta is open by application only.

Zine Club

Do you like to collage, draw, paint, write, cut, fold and play with the book as a form? Is there something you want to say/express but you haven't found the right creative outlet? Try making a zine at ZineClub! A zine is a handmade magaZINE that can be about anything you want it to be.

ZineClub aims to provide a relaxed, creative atmosphere where undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty and even those not directly linked to the UMD community are all welcome to experiment with the medium of the DIY zine. No experience necessary. ZineClub is hosted by UMD's BookLab. Follow on IG @umd_booklab for upcoming meetings.