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Student Organizations and Publications

The Department of English at The Catholic University of America offers a number of ways to get involved with other students in the department and the wider community of the University for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Founded in 2009, the CUA English Society is dedicated to promoting literary study and appreciation on campus. Although it is an organization housed in the English department, its membership is open to all students (both undergraduate and graduate) who love literature, culture, and the arts.

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) serves the interests of graduate students enrolled in the English M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Our focus is twofold: we seek, first, to promote community among English graduate students, and second, to support them as professional teachers and scholars as they prepare for the job market.

CRUX is the creative arts magazine for The Catholic University of America. It is CUA's longest surviving yearly publication which features the art of writers, composers, visual artists, translators, and film makers. It accepts submissions from students, faculty, staff, and alumni. CRUX also hosts lectures series, workshops, concerts, showcases, and all kinds of other events to foster creativity.

Inventio is the multidisciplinary undergraduate research journal of The Catholic University of America. Undergraduate students are invited to submit their original research essays for publication in the journal and apply to serve on the Student Editorial Board.

The Tower is the independent student newspaper at CUA and was first published in 1922.

Being part of the CUA English Society created a special bond with the English Department and students in ways that go beyond a classroom setting. It's an opportunity to geek out with fellow literary lovers over late-night coffee and improve close reading skills."
                                       – Maria Maffucci, 2014


Some of my fondest memories of intellectual discussion came from English Society meetings. I think in college it can be really easy to compartmentalize literature as something to be endured in the classroom – as though it has no application for the real world and as though normal people don't have the time for it. And yet, with English Society, there's this unique outlet at CUA where people can discuss things that they wouldn't have the chance to read in their regular coursework. For me at least, it was an opportunity to read new fiction without any academic pressure. Through English Society, I encountered authors I never knew existed or whom I would otherwise have actively avoided."
                                       – Helena (Lado) Romano, 2013