Learning and literature at Union are not restricted to the classroom. English majors often participate in Mountebanks, the College dramatic society, contribute to Idol, the College arts and literary magazine, and write for Concordiensis, the student newspaper. In addition, those students interested in literature sometimes edit, and frequently publish in, The Minerva Review, an undergraduate scholarly journal for students from Union, Hamilton, Skidmore, Wellesley, and Siena.
Moreover, in the last ten years, students have had the opportunity to hear and meet visiting writers as prominent as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn Brooks, Carlos Fuentes, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Denise Levertov, Czeslaw Milosz, Toni Morrison, and Robert Pinsky. The department has also helped to sponsor recent visits by such literary and cultural critics as Kathryn Pollett and Barbara Ehrenreich.