Undergraduate Research

If you hear the word “research” and automatically think of a scientific laboratory, you are only thinking of part of the definition. Research in the Humanities, which includes subjects like English, Philosophy, and History, has as much to offer the students who pursue it as it does to the field of scholarship to which it belongs. When you conduct research in the field of English Studies, what will you discover?

UIC English Department

Research in English Studies

  • Something New...Something You

    When you conduct research in English, you will produce an original way of analyzing, connecting, applying, or uncovering new theoretical or practical applications of various cultural texts including novels, short stories, poetry, film and television, imagery, or other cultural products of interest.

    You will learn and use discipline-specific research methods to pose your research question. Throughout the semester as you explore the topic broadly and then begin to narrow your area of interest, you will work closely with your faculty mentor to frame and construct your analysis.

    In addition to critical inquiry and literary scholarship, research projects in English can be creative endeavors. Under the mentorship of published authors in the English faculty, students can pursue their own creative writing projects including short story collections, novellas, novels, chapbooks, memoirs and more.

    Research in the English major is highly individualized. Students tend to pursue research during their junior and senior years after taking upper division courses (300-level and 400-level) and finding a topic of interest that warrants further exploration beyond the classroom.

  • Connecting with Faculty

    The independent study gets its name from being a self-governed pursuit that does not require regular classroom meeting times, but rather is created, elaborated, and executed by you and your faculty mentor. This mentor guides your project and provides questions, support, and revisions along the way; they will be there to support you as much or as little as you need.

    Great ways to get connected to faculty members who can help guide your research include:

Earning credit for research

Earn credit in your English major via ENGL 399 or ENGL 398 (or both!)

ENGL 398 Application

ENGL 399 Application

Research Guides

Use primary sources to research at the Newberry Library

Earn 6 credit hours towards your degree and conduct research in the Humanities at the Newberry Library alongside a select cohort of students from other Chicago universities. The topic for Spring 2019 is “Modern Literature and Art in Chicago: 1900-1960”

Learn more about the Spring 2019 Newberry Seminar

Want to get paid for doing research?

Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) is an optional competition whose winners receive funding to apply to their research. Competition for program awards is open to any full-time LAS undergraduate who has earned at least 24 semester hours with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

View LASURI deadlines and apply

Publish your undergraduate research