The Undergraduate Journal of American Studies
New Errands is an online journal dedicated to the publication of exemplary American Studies work by undergraduate students. Issues will be published semi-annually, after the end of each academic semester.
We encourage both self-submission by undergraduate students and nominated submissions by instructional faculty. Authors do not need to be current members of EASA, though we encourage them to join and to participate in our annual undergraduate roundtable session.
Submissions must have an Americanist focus and employ original research, but can be of any length and can utilize a variety of disciplinary methods. Any visual images should be placed at the end of the manuscript, and tags should be placed in the text to indicate the intended placement of each image. Manuscripts should conform to MLA guidelines. They can be emailed as Word documents to [email protected].
Each year, EASA holds an academic conference. Though many presenters are graduate students, faculty members at colleges, and professionals, the organization also welcomes presentations from undergraduate students. In fact, every conference has one or two special panels dedicated to undergraduate students – “The Undergraduate Roundtable.” If you would like to share your work at the conference, please get in touch with your program head. You may also contact EASA at [email protected]
EAK (Epsilon Alpha Kappa): American Studies Honor Society
For the first time in the history of American Studies, talented undergraduate students can join an Honor Society – Epsilon Alpha Kappa (EAK). The idea for an American Studies Honor Society was first conceived by Dr. Francis J. Ryan of LaSalle, a past president of EASA.
If you teach American Studies, please keep an eye out for promising undergraduates who might like to join the Society. Likewise, if you are an undergraduate student seeking recognition for your academic work, please let your professor, advisor, or program head know about the Honor Society in EASA. The Nomination Procedure is outlined below in step-by-step fashion:
- Students eligible for induction will be identified by the respective American Studies program director of each university located within the region. Students from related fields, like History or English, are also eligible if their course work and interests involve substantial American content.
- Eligibility will be restricted to undergraduate students who have completed 6 courses or 18 credits in American Studies or related courses, such as American history or literature.
- An inductee must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and a minimum GPA of 3.4 in all American Studies or related courses.
- Inductees must submit a research paper, project, film, or cultural/performative artifact assessed as “excellent quality” by an induction committee, consisting of three American Studies professors (or professors from related disciplines) from the inductee’s home campus.
- Once the induction committee has confirmed that the student has met all criteria, it should submit the student’s name to Dr. Jeffrey Tolbert at [email protected].
- After submitting a small fee ($30), inductees will receive both an official certificate and a red, white, and blue honors cord to be worn at graduation.
- For any given year, inductees will also enjoy the option of being inducted into the Society at the annual EASA conference.
Please contact Dr. Jeffery Tolbert at [email protected] with any questions