College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Student Organizations

Student organizations within the English Department include:

Sigma Tau Delta

  • International English Honor Society, Theta Xi–North Carolina A&T State University Chapter

    The North Carolina A&T State University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta has been a vital student organization in the Department of English for 40 years. With over 900 local chapters in the U.S. and abroad, Sigma Tau Delta is the second largest member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). The purpose of the organization is to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing.

    A candidate for membership will have a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements of freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, rank at least in the highest 35 percent of his/her/their class, and have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required of seniors, a 3.15 cumulative GPA is required of juniors, and a 3.3 cumulative GPA is required of sophomores. Graduate Students are eligible for membership if enrolled in a graduate program in English or one of its specializations, have completed 6 semester hours of graduate work or the equivalent, and have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

    Each new student member pays a one-time international induction fee of $40 for lifetime membership. For more information, contact Theta Xi chapter’s faculty advisor, Dr. Moussa Issifou, at 336-285-4468 or

Freedom Scribes

  • Freedom Scribes, the N.C. A&T Creative Writing Club, is open to all writers, dreamers, creative thinkers, poets and anyone invested in speaking, writing and sharing the word on campus. “Come learn what’s happening, be a part of the 'writingest' club on campus!”
  • For more information contact Dr. Anjail Ahmad,

Poetic Insurgents

  • Poetic Insurgents is a premier performance troupe that presents spoken word poetry at venues on campus and off campus. Poetic Insurgents began in Spring 2004 as a group of student performers under the guidance of Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, the newly appointed director of N.C. A&T’s Creative Writing Program. From semester to semester and from year to year, new students filled the ranks. Poetic Insurgents is  vehicle to instruct student performers in the art and practice of poetry as spoken word. The organization encourages:
    • Public speaking and speech fluency
    • Self-confidence
    • Interpretation and writing skills
    • Performance skills
    • Community building & service
  • While student members of Poetic Insurgents may have experience in performing spoken word, far more students, though talented, can lack both the self-confidence as well as the public performance components. Through instruction in the history, method, and tradition of spoken word and poetry along with collaborative discussions, writing and staging practice, a loose-knit group of unaffiliated students who may lack specific skills at the outset, through their dedication to study and disciplined practice, soon become polished performers.
  • Poetic Insurgents performs throughout the N.C. A&T campus and greater Greensboro community, including appearances at the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, The AIDS/HIV Aids Awareness Day, Congo Day during Congo Week, the Multicultural Center’s Multicultural Thanksgiving Celebration, the A&T Writing Center Writing Conference, the English Department’s Composition Central Writing Conference, and with Nikki Giovanni at the Greensboro Public Library’s PoetryGSO.
  • For more information contact Dr. Anjail Ahmad,