Student Clubs and Organizations

The English and Modern Languages department offers a variety of student involvement opportunities.
Check our Facebook page for tentative event dates and details.

English graduate students and members of Sigma Tau Delta
Past Sigma Tau Delta Members


Sigma Tau Delta

Chapter Sponsor: Dr. Sarah Webb

The University of Illinois Springfield is home to the Alpha Nu Tau chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society. Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta  also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

Sigma Tau Application Form (PDF)


Uproot is a literary journal affiliated with the University of Illinois Springfield. Run by graduate students in the Digital Publishing program, the journal is committed to showcasing the works of writers interested in sharing their experiences of place and movement. The main interest of their mission lies in place or, more specifically, moving from place to place. Uproot is interested in geological and emotional estrangement, displacement, alienation, longing, and all of the other contradictory feelings associated with moving to a new or old location. We want to read and share literature that challenges notions of

“We want to read and share literature that challenges notions of genre with work that pulls you up by the roots and plants you somewhere else–somewhere unexpected.”

Students working on Uproot gain excellent experience in online literary publishing, management of online publications, and editorial work.

Check out Uproot’s website for more details.

Uproot Writer’s Group

This creative writing group allows experienced and aspiring writers a chance to generate ideas and share their work . The group was founded by the editors of UIS’s graduate student literary journal, Uproot, with the intent to strengthen the creative writing community in Springfield and allow for an environment in which writers can meet other writers with similar interests and collaborate creatively. The group is open to both UIS students and the public. For updates about the progress of this group, follow Uproot on Twitter or Facebook.

Modern Languages

In addition to the instructors and oral examiners, language students socialize with native-speaking students at UIS as well as within our two Spanish clubs, Mesa Hispana and Hablemos Espanol:

Mesa Hispana

Mesa Hispana is addressed to anyone who can speak Spanish fluently. The club generally reads and discusses one short story per week. The readings feature Latin American writers from the 20th-century (Borges, Cortazar, Vargas Llosa, etc.). The group  meets every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m., but the schedule is subject to change.

Hablemos Espanol

Hablemos Espanol is addressed to anyone who is interested in practicing Spanish, whether fluent in the language or not.

The group typically meets on Fridays, but the schedule is subject to change.